Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Time Management - Help!
Writers write - right?
Silly me, that's what I used to think. And I know it's still the most important thing. You need to write the best book you can and when you finish it you write another book. But in this day a writer needs to do so much more. If you're a New York times best seller you may not need to do as much as other authors. But whether you're published by a top publisher, a small press publisher or you're an Indie author you need to do a lot of your own Public Relations (PR).
You need to be on social media. Let's start with Facebook. You're supposed to post at least once or twice a day. One blog I read the author said she spent about 3 hours a day on Facebook - reading all the posts and responding and making friends. (Gulp!)
Then there's Twitter. It's fairly quick, but it's said you should post 4 times a day.
You should have a website which you update yourself or have someone update for you.
Some people say you should have a newsletter. So how often do you write and send one out - monthly, every 3 months?
Then you need a Blog. And the importance of a Blog is to post regularly. I'm not sure how often that is - daily? 2 or 3 times a week? It may not be a long Blog but it still takes time and then you need to reply to comments. (By the way, I love the comments and sometimes people often wonderful suggestions that I try or pass on. And I love hearing what people think.)
You also need to check other blogs and maybe comment.
Whew! I'm already exhausted and there's still more I need to do.
I need to join online groups to get information and even assistance to my writing and publishing.
And I need to read books. I'd like to read more and maybe post a short review on some of them. (in my spare time)
Then there's Pinterest and Goodreads. And I know there's some I've missed.
I'm very bad at posting to online loops, although I do tweet and post to Facebook when asked.
I seldom manage Pinterest. And some days I don't have time to check online loops and other blogs.
What about the rest of you?
How do you balance all the additional marketing and PR and write your wonderful books?