Writer Stuff

Bear with me as I share some writer stuff.

I watched an hour-long webinar on book marketing and learned a few new things and confirmed other things I’ve learned in my authors group. In addition to this blog, I am going need to start a newsletter and create a FB and IG profile for my penname. My twitter and TikTok accounts are connected to my blog so that’s already good.

Apparently the social media stuff is mostly just for landing zones to direct to the mailing list and doesn’t require all that much interaction. The bulk of my marketing needs to start with that email list, a newsletter, and defining who my reader is. This last one is freaking me out a bit, but we’ll deal with that a later time.

I got great advice on which mailer server to use and how not to use a regular Gmail account as there are rules about commerce using those accounts. I had no idea such a thing even existed, but it makes sense now that I think about it.

After my webinar was my writers group sprint session where I also got advice about which of the planning and plotting programs were best. I had one I got a free trial for from my NaNoWriMo prizes, so I signed up for the trial. I’m going to try it out, but it has a monthly fee whereas another one that most of the authors group uses only has a one-time fee. I’ll probably go that route but I’m going to try both.

I realize I might be talking gibberish to some of you but I’m so excited about moving forward in this process of becoming a published author. I confess to doing a bunch of research and falling down rabbit holes instead of working on the writing project I’m supposed to be working on.

But I’ve been reassured by my writers group that time spent on marketing, research, etc., is still part of the writing process and is not goofing off. My plan is to do the addition novel work while I’m dog-sitting for a couple days which starts soon. In the meantime I’m going to learn how to use my new mailer service to create a newsletter. This should be fun!

Enjoy your day my friends.

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