It’s been almost a week since my book Skater’s Waltz went live into the reading stratosphere. And what a week it’s been.
I’m new to this whole world of publishing and marketing, and I’ve never been on social media so much. I can truly see how being on Twitter, FB and the rest can be an addictive process. I hear the “tweet” sound on my phone signaling another twitter message I’m mentioned in and I automatically grab my phone. I get “pinged” whenever a new email arrives and “whistled at” when Facebook updates. All this audio is doing a number on my ears and my ego.
One thing I remember other authors saying at numerous conferences and during chats is that you can get carried away by your media sites if you don’t keep a lid on it, and believe me, this week I’ve found that to be true. As nice as it is to interact with folks on social media, it’s nicer still just to sit and write. That is, after all, what got me started on this path.
So, as I enter the second week of my book’s marketing plan – complete with interviews, a Twitter-purge, blog posts, and GoodReads questions- I’m turning my phone down when I’m writing. I’ll check it periodically because there are some emails and texts I can’t ignore – like those from family – but for the rest, I’ll let the Twitter-verse and Facebook bloggers have their say and then respond at a later time.
Who new being social was so exhausting??!! But really uplifting as well.