We're taking a lunch break during our school day and I've already finished my sandwich, so I thought I'd pop by to say hello while the girls finish eating and rocking out the Hannah Montana Movie soundtrack. (BTW, I love that Butterfly song!)
Today's been a good day so far--much better than yesterday. Don't know what was up, but I felt off all day. Mostly I was frustrated with myself. I had expectations for starting the week and didn't live up to my expectations of myself.
And I didn't get showered and dressed and put together until sometime around 3. Silly, but true: If I don't get myself together, I have a hard time feeling ready for the day. Yes, there are pajama/sweats/workout clothes days. Days when I'm cleaning or bumming. And somehow that's okay. But a normal day when I feel the need to be productive? It helps if I get up and get myself ready before the day starts.
All that to say I got up when the alarm when off this morning, had a nice, long quiet time, worked out, got showered, dressed, and made-up before we started school around 9.
I love doing interviews and think they are a lot of fun. The thing I'm not so good at? Promoting my books myself. It's my least favorite part of writing books. Yes, I love to talk about my books--but only when asked. I'm uncomfortable saying "Hey you! I wrote books! Buy my books!"
And yet I worked hard on them, I poured myself into them, and I don't want to see them just sit on a shelf. Books are meant to be read!
It's not about making money. Because unless you're Nora Roberts or Clive Cussler or someone like that, you're not making enough to live on. Enough to go out to dinner? Yes. Enough to put a little away for a rainy day? Yes.
But a vacation home or a new car or a trip around the world? Not so much.
Publicity and promotion--even promoting my books myself--is necessary. And we've already covered the fact that I struggle with that.
And there's the rub. Because if no one buys them, they don't sell, and I'm a lot less likely to get the opportunity to write another one.
Not that I'm working on anything specific right now--homeschooling has my focus right now. But there are always ideas rolling around for what's next.
I know a bunch of you took me up on my offer for a free book in exchange for a book review on your blog. If you've not done it yet, please do. (There! I must be making progress!) And if I've forgotten to put your post's link on this page, let me know (because I know I've missed a bunch). Send me the review link and I'll get it up as fast as I can.
(Oh, and you can always leave a review or a link to a review in the comments on that page too. And a review on Amazon. There--look at me--asking away!)
And if you have brilliant publicity ideas/opportunities for me, I sure wouldn't mind hearing them. :)