Why did I do this to myself?

As you can see by the title of this post, I’m a bit overwhelmed at the moment.  With today being Thanksgiving – two days after releasing my first novel – and my husband transitioning between jobs, there’s a lot going on in my life this week.  I should be getting some much-needed shut eye, and yet it’s midnight and here I am, typing away.

Don’t get me wrong – choosing to write and self-publish a book while raising a family, working part time, and having a traveling husband is all on me.  Nobody forced me, except maybe the characters in my head who demanded some air time – and soon.  But nothing could’ve prepared me for what to expect.  Writing my book was one part of the process.  Editing took a lot out of me, but it was worth it as evidenced by the final draft.  Now there’s the marketing; not exactly my strength.

Just a few months ago, I’d never heard of an “author takeover” (basically an author takes over a blog page on Facebook for an hour or two), but now I’ve already got three under my belt, plus my Facebook release party.  I’ve been fortunate enough to meet several other published authors who are willing to give me guidance in the marketing area.  If it weren’t for them, I’m not sure where or how I would’ve learned some of these tips.

I know that as I go along this journey, I’ll not only get the hang of the social media marketing, but I’ll be able to organize my time better between marketing my current book and writing my next one.  I’m in awe of the indie authors who are pumping out new books every few months, because I now know what it takes to produce a salable book.

Bottom line, I guess I should relax and go easy on myself.  I didn’t know everything on my accounting job right away.  It took several years before I became a “polished” staff accountant.  Now, I suppose you can call me “seasoned”  in the accounting world.  The same will happen with my writing career, I hope.  And as much as I’ve love to hide in my cocoon, writing all day, I strive to be the type of writer who is “hands-on” with her readers/followers.  Ideally I’d like to interact with my readers as much as possible.

Time is precious.  Sleep is precious, but so are our dreams. Writing is my dream and on this Thanksgiving Day, I’m thankful for the gift I’ve been given.  I hope and pray that I’ll be able to share it with others while still keeping my “regular” life intact.

Thanks for listening.  And now sleep is calling…

~ Anne