Have you ever run in sand and experienced how it sinks beneath your feet so that every step takes extra effort?
Have you ever felt like you've been running in circles?
Now, imagine that you are running in sand in a never-ending circle.
This is what my marketing strategies feel like to me: running in a never-ending circle in sinking sand.
That's right; I pretty much suck at marketing. I've tried giveaways, four paid services (not the hugely expensive ones), twitter posts, limited time only type sales, and just being plain obnoxious.
All of these have either drained me of time or money, or both.
Despite the fact that my profit margin is nil when I consider expenses and it's only coffee money when I don't consider expenses, I am still writing. I am still submitting short work out there. I'm still noveling. I'm still re-pubbing short stories that I plan to use as kindle select giveaways.
I keep hoping that this is my strength training time, that eventually, my writing muscles and my marketing muscles will be hardened enough to head down the actual beach of semi-success.
This month, I have two book signings scheduled.
So, I'm still working at it. I'm not giving up, even though on some days, I think about quitting. It's part of the reason I've been having trouble finishing Champion's Destiny. Despite a 4.6 star average rating at Amazon, I'm beginning to wonder if my trilogy totally sucks.
What about you? What does writing/marketing feel like to you this month? And do you have some super secret amazing marketing advice to share?
Oh, and do you think that offering the first book in a trilogy permafree is a good idea if the last, third book isn't out yet? Or, should I wait until the third book is out? Or, should I not do this at all? Please, please, give me your wisdom.
Meanwhile, I'm off to finish that trilogy . . . for the twenty dedicated fans who have been asking me to. And, on my crabby days, I'm spending some time with Captain Wrath because his attitude makes me happy in those moments.