I went to the RT conference last week. I got a "day pass" because I stayed with my sister on the outskirts of KC, so I drove in and out of the conference. I went Wednesday-Friday, and by Wednesday night, I was so ready to give up publishing.
Not because of anything
in particular, but it just felt like the same-old, same-old. I was
hearing the same thing, over and over, about promoting: social media is
it, make sure to make time for it, get your name out there, write the
best book... And I noticed that no one seemed to be taking promo items
(not just mine, but others as well). It had a whole different vibe to
I attended one self-promo session that was mind-boggling to me. An author has 3 Facebook identities, and she manages each with different people in different places, and she uses Twitter and handles giveaways, and has spent $$$ on this. Of course, she doesn't work full-time like I do, but it was still daunting.
On Thursday I went to some workshops, and sometime
in the middle of one afternoon workshop, something clicked. The
panelists (Catherine Bybee, Caridad Pineiro, and one other [H.P.
Mallory?] I think). Anyway, they were saying sort of the same thing I
heard elsewhere, but somehow, it sounded different. I filed away the
thoughts in my brain, and sometime on Thursday night, something clicked.
I woke up on Friday all energized and ready to write and promote and
kick my career back into high gear.
Where did that come
from? I'm not sure, but I think it was the way the info was presented. That talk seemed to make it seem much
easier, much more doable, than the other talks.
honestly have no idea why, but for some reason it resonated with me.
Now I need to build on that momentum and move forward (and keep
writing). It's just so odd how one little thing can have a big impact
(the pebble in the pond effect, I guess).