Lone Wolf Marketing

Welcome to ISWG for September 4, 2013. Any writer who experiences moments of insecurity can join us on this wonderful site by clicking the link.

Lately, I find myself obsessing about the same question. I’ll keep this rant short, I promise. 1194986475730032167air_stefan_bazelkov_01.svg.thumb

What’s up with traditional agents? After you’ve sent in 10, 50, 100+ queries without success, what’s next? Rejection notices used to mean your book wasn’t any good or you hit the wrong person on the wrong day. We’ve all heard the stories about Stephen King and J.K. Rowling sending out a multitude of queries. But, that was then, before a deluge of novels, short stories, and poems flooded the internet. Yes, you can rewrite your query letter and synopsis and start all over again with the same agents, many of whom don’t even acknowledge your query if they aren’t interested. (Some of the nicer ones warn you of this possibility beforehand.) Yes, I know these poor folks are swamped by submissions but what’s a writer to do?

You become desperate and load your novel up on Amazon where it disappears into the void of zillions of self-published e-books.

Then what? Massive tweets? Major Facebook pressure on all your followers? Carefully crafted platform (fancy word for attractive blog – right?). Thousands of folks want to sell your their marketing secrets for publishing and that’s fine, but I hope there’s a systematic process for publishing evolving from all this mess.

I know I’m not the first person to wonder about the possibility of a completely digital publishing house; people who read your query, respond no or yes, edit your manuscript if necessary and load it on their site.  So far, I’ve found only one reputable site. Elora’s Cave. They specialize in Romance, from sweet and innocent to extremely steamy. They are very specific about what they want, offering clear guidelines to one and all.  If they accept your manuscript, they present it to their customers for a few days and then you’re on your own. Back to lone wolf marketing.

11954241201556281584tomas_arad_heart.svg.thumbBut, what if you aren’t a Romance writer? Are there other digital publishing sites out there?

How can we make marketing a good thing instead of a mysterious burden? There, I’m done. Whew. I feel better already. Sort of.

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FLEXING MY WINGS in MAY

I wish there were more letters in the alphabet. A to Z  Blogging Challenge keep me writing every day. It gave me a chance to flex my wings, and I want to keep the momentum.

So, my gentle goals for May, 2013 are as follows: the-rise-my-new-flickr-friend-camera-truth_l

1. I will blog once a week, Sunday night.

2. Nightly, I’ll continue working on first chapters for several novel ideas (just to see if anything grabs me), and I’ll be more open to panster style. Maybe a rigid outline isn’t what I need now. Luring my muse out of hiding is crucial and, if I have to give up obsessive control of my words to find him again, I’ll do it!

3. I’ll search for more firsthand information and advice from published authors. So far, two wonderful ladies, Tina and Gayle, have shared their experiences on the way to the published land. Nothing takes the place of the thoughts of those who did it. (I’ll add their last names and book titles when I get permission from these great gals.)

4. Two queries a week will leave this house, no matter what. It surprises me how difficult it is to push the button on your query letter or print out the packet for snail mail agents.  Arrgh!

5. My quest for information about the pros and cons of self-publishing continues.

6. Daily, I’ll send thoughts of thanks to my husband, Rick, my great fan, Georgie, my beta reader, and Lynette, my critique partner, for their honest, intelligent feedback.

And, I haven’t forgotten that Spring is coming, and I’ll be outside, getting dirty, planting, or just basking in the beautiful Colorado sun.

So, what are your gentle goals for May?

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