Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Insecure Writers Support Group

Love this idea! Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh for organizing the Insecure Writers Support Group. And you should follow Alex's blog, which always has something interesting.

Hm, where to start? :)  I've been epublished for a little more than two years, but every year I think I feel more like a newbie than ever. I suppose because the industry's in such a flux, and a writer never knows what's coming next.

My biggest insecurity, I suppose, is marketing. How much is too much? I'm not inclined to share every occurrence in my life, so I tend to ignore the advice that the writer is the brand. Do you buy into that? 

I also avoid Amazon reader threads, which can lean toward the vicious at times. I've also heard the threads hate hate hate authors who promote there, so how can an author introduce him/herself without getting slashed?

I guess the main question is, how much marketing is too much?

Thanks for any feedback, insights and tips! And check all the participating authors here.


J. A. Bennett said...

I once hear a lit agent say that your brand is not only you, but also your genre. I haven't really worked on marketing yet so I'm no expert but I say if you make genuine connections that's the marketing that needs to be done, whether in person or on the web. Nice to meet you :)

Cate Masters said...

Thanks JA, good to meet you too.
I write across several genres, so I'm also trying to find a way to mesh them into a brand. Hm, that must be next month's topic. :)

Marta Szemik said...

Zoe Winters has some marketing tips in her indie publishing guide. It's a nice read, written from her experiences. For someone like me who is about to venture on that marketing journey it was worth buying it. Good Luck!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think it does have a lot to do with who you are as a person, at least now that everyone is online and authors are more accessible. I really don't do much marketing of my book. The recent surge up the Amazon charts really baffled me. What did I do in September that started it all? I hosted my most successful blogfest ever and started the IWSG. And I guess putting myself out there, letting people know who I am, sparked it.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Your insecurity worries me because I tend to view you as my 'go to' girl for advice and answers. I know I should do more marketing.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks for the info, Marta. I'll check it out.

Yes, you've done some really interesting things, Alex. Definitely a guy to watch. :) I'm so limited, timewise, that I tend to favor writing time over online time. Therein lies the conundrum, I guess! Can't have one without the other.

You've done a wonderful job with your blog, Susan, and with reaching out to other authors.

Patricia Lynne said...

I'm just beginning marketing and I wish there was a magic formula to follow, but sadly there's not. I just have to give it all a shot and see if anything works well and gets me noticed.

Cate Masters said...

Best wishes, Patricia! That's what I've been doing - trying anything and everything. :)