Wednesday, September 9, 2015

WRITING ISN'T ALWAYS WRITING by Brenda Whiteside

Wouldn't it be fun to be a writer...to sit for long hours letting all those creative ideas and interesting characters float from your head to your fingers, filling the blank screen of your computer with pages and pages of a story that is sure to entertain the masses.

Yeah, right!

I've been stuck in chapter two of my current novel, The Power of Love and Murder, the fourth in my Love and Murder Series, for weeks. Why? Because I have a re-release on September 15 and a new release on October 14. I'm steeped in promotion. And to tell the truth, it's not like I'm planning a gala or a two month on the road book tour. I wish! No...just trying like crazy to garner some interviews, get all my tracking data files set up, schedule no more than a half dozen blog stops, post my new cover everywhere I can think of, post my videos everywhere I can think of, plan and set up a Twitter campaign, prepare for a Facebook group party, schedule a few book festivals between October and December, and...and...I know there's more, but that gives you an idea.

I long for the middle of October when it will be a maintenance issue for promo on these books and maybe, just maybe, I can put hours into writing. Oh wait...I'll be getting the edits for book three. Ah well, better that than promotion!

THE ART OF LOVE AND MURDER re-releasing on Amazon Encore September 15



POST-WAR DREAMS releasing worldwide on October 14


8 comments:

Diane Burton said...

If only all we had to do was right. Good luck on getting past chapter 2. And best wishes on your new releases!

Brenda Whiteside said...

Thanks, Diane.

Jannine Gallant said...

Some promo (like blogs) can be a crazy time-drain. I'm trying to cut out the stuff I see having little effect (blog tours) and just focus on what I want to do (a few group blogs like ours!). I don't mind the tweeting and FB post since they're quick and easy, but when you add it all up, it can be overwhelming. I'm also discovering writing to a deadline is a good motivator. Best of luck with the releases and getting back in the writing groove!

Brenda Whiteside said...

You are so right, Jannine. I've sworn off the blog tours too. A few well placed blogs are okay. Sending out to reviewers is the biggest time consumption. Thanks!

Margo Hoornstra said...

Ah great minds and all of that, Brenda. My post here tomorrow in many ways echoes your frustrations. Who knew the necessary evil called promotion would take so much of our energy. I'm with Jannine, unless you have a passion for a particular promo path such as blog tours, the time they consume isn't worth the return. Best of luck with your releases and re-releases.

Brenda Whiteside said...

Right on, Margo!

Leah St. James said...

Yeah...what you all said. :-) Best of luck with the releases!

Brenda Whiteside said...

Thanks, Leah.