After yesterday’s cover reveal turned out to be a huge flop, I’ve decided to take a hiatus from social media. With almost every exciting announcement, I end up very glum and wondering why I write, because basically no one reacts to said posts.
This was no different with the cover reveal. With it being my first ever 100% professionally-made cover, I was beyond excited and I hoped it would garner at least one pre-order. After all, Desolation’s pre-order has been live for a couple of months and I’m still the only one who has pre-ordered. I thought my goal was realistic or maybe even aiming low. Turns out I aimed high, because that number is still at one.
I’ve been feeling really down in the dumps today and once again feeling like I just should stop trying. But I realized today that what I need is not to stop writing, but to take a step back from social media, and stop putting so much stock in other people as well.
With every announcement, I spend many hours getting it ready, and hours after hoping people will care. To find out after, that all that work and time was in vain, it’s incredibly draining. So I need put the focus back on enjoying writing instead of hoping people who don’t care will magically change their mind and start caring.
This realization came in part from something my fiance said to me today. When I was lamenting how I spent over $800 for Desolation’s cover despite not even making back the tiny amount of money I spent for a new laptop hard drive over the course of 5+ years of writing, he asked if I thought he would make money from a certain hobby/interest of his. The answer was no, of course, because it’s a hobby; and that brought my situation into focus.
Although I don’t consider my writing a hobby per se, I focus way too much on the money aspect a lot of the time. I feel bad about spending $800+ on a cover? Why? He spent over a thousand on a dirt bike. It’s not a matter of “who spent more”, but that if something brings us joy, we shouldn’t compare it with how much money it will bring in return.
One of my goals with my writing is to make a living from it. However, focusing on the negatives so much is stealing the joy of writing from me. And the joy of writing is why I started writing in the first place. I want to get back to that.
So, for now, I will not be posting announcements. I may post a few here on my website, but I’m not sure yet. I’m not even sure if I will post announcements here regarding the publication of new books. This may seem extreme, but for example, when I posted about Renascence’s publication, literally only one person reacted to said post. So it doesn’t really affect anything.
My plan at this point will be to shift the focus back to writing as mentioned, and I will also be doing more paid advertising. I tried paid ads for the first time a month or two ago and I feel like it will be much more useful than regurgitating stuff to the same followers on my social media accounts who have already shown they aren’t interested in my work. Paid ads will allow me to branch out and hopefully show my work to people who will actually be interested in it.
So, here’s to better days!
Ciao for now.