So, as I’ve mentioned before, my book sales are not exactly where I want them to be at the moment. My publisher and I discussed a couple of promotional things that I can do, and I’m hoping that as soon as my book becomes available in print, as well as just online, my sales figures will start to rise. But in thinking over what I can do to draw some attention, both to my book and to myself as an author, I remembered an idea I had a few years ago.
It’s pretty much a perfect fit with my current series, and I while nothing is guaranteed, it at least has the potential of drawing quite a bit of attention.
The downside is that it basically centers around my writing another book.
That’s right, to promote one book, I’m going to need to write another one. And how do I promote the second book? I’ve got a few ideas on that front, but i’m going to be playing it all a little close to the vest for right now. And that isn’t the point of this blog.
The thing that’s giving me trouble at the moment is that writing this new book involves a complete style change for me. I’ve spent years learning to write a particular way, and now I have to make massive adjustments in how I approach my new book.
There actually isn’t all that much to write. Where one of my novels will typically be around eighty thousand words, this new project might get up to ten thousand. But I’m struggling with it more than I do when I’m writing a novel. With a novel I hit maybe one or two walls in the first half of the book, five or six right in the middle, and one or two as I approach the end. With what I’m working on now, it feels like every paragraph is its own wall. I find myself lying in bed, staring at the ceiling, trying to sort through one more line.
In the end I expect it will all be worth it. Even if this doesn’t work as a promotional tool, it’s a project that is forcing me to practice writing skills I don’t usually use, and I’m a bit believe in that.
But in the here and now, I’m starting to get frustrated.