Now that the year is winding down, it is a good idea to access how you did in whatever part of your life or business that comes to mind.
When it comes to writing, aka my business, I go over my marketing calendar to see how I did as far as time and effort.
It is a simple calendar. I mark daily, I try anyway, how I did. By doing this I get a good overlook on how I am doing and if I am progressing forward. I also mark if I worked on any of my manuscripts, if I did any editing, or if I start any new book.
This year I did pretty good in posting about my brand, having more guest posts on other sites, and having more interviews. My books made it in the top 100 multiple times on Amazon. It made it and in the lower 50 many times.
Marketing one’s books and brand is tedious and takes a lot of time, especially away from writing. But it is a necessary part of being an author.
When one compares to where one started at the beginning of the year, it is a way to see what worked and what didn’t. It helps me to proceed for the next year.
It could help you progress better than the year before. That is my goal.
Good luck to you all in 2021.
There are many forms of marketing when it comes to your books and brand.
One avenue that I just recently been exploring is to guest post on other sites.
I have been gaining success in people agreeing to let me do a post for them. So far I have talked about how writing for children isn’t easy, a post on Jasper’s POV when it comes to him being part of a series to what has it been like to be a writer during this pandemic.
I have three on tap to work on at the moment.
This is a great opportunity for others to see what you are all about. Especially when that would be the only chance they would have heard of you.
It is challenging to come up with ideas for someone else and make sure it is as pristine as you can get it. But it helps one write down anything in a time of our country where writing might be the last thing on one’s mind.
Why I waited this long to tap into this is beyond me. But, I been having a wonderful time doing this form of, “Hey, look at me!”
If you have not tried it maybe consider it. You might just find that you like it.
Over the last few months I have been asked by three authors if I would mentor them. I was flattered even though I had to say no.
I use to mentor authors for free or rather I offered and offered. I wanted to help those get to where I was at the time. Not a single person took me up on it. Even if it meant me taking the time out of my busy schedule, putting in extra work and coordinating times and places not a single person raised their hands to take me up on it. Not one.
If any author who was higher up than me had reached out I would be on their front porch before their sentence was done.
I didn’t know what to make from this. So, I stopped offering. Taking a class about learning our worth I decided to start charging for my services. The minute I did that people reached out to me. Sadly the ones who I repeatedly asked over the years finally reached out not knowing I now charge. They were not happy. But I didn’t budge. After four years of trying to help for free that ride was over.
It takes a lot of time for me to mentor an author from start to end especially one who is not published yet. And more especially one who has not been published and their book is unedited. To do that means to walk away for a bit from my family and my business. That seminar taught me to hold firm and to value what I know.
It doesn’t help that some people want the magic bullet. This means they not putting in the work that one needs to do to get to the results they want. If I am going to give you that much time I do expect it back.
So, when three people asked me to mentor them I expressed it simply. I mentioned that it involved a lot of time and effort from me and a true commitment from the author. Plus that I now charge. But I did leave them with three nuggets of information that I feel is imperative to getting your book out there and making the progress I have made.
Some will appreciate it while others won’t. That’s okay. Maybe in the future those who don’t will realize what all is involved and why I had to say no. Plus, why I now charge.