The five hours I spent yesterday trying to figure out how to create a WordPress site were somewhat entertaining. I patted myself on the back when I discovered what “theme” I wanted, what fonts and background colors would be dramatic yet readable, how to insert my own photos, etc. The problem is that now I have the basics up and running, I’m committed to do something with it — like write!
To tell you the truth, the reason I started this journey was because I have a new publisher, Unsolicited Press, who will release my fourth collection, A Penchant for Masquerades, in February 2019. They gave me my own editor and outlined due dates for the manuscript, editing, proof reading, and publication. But, then yesterday, they emailed me five pages of marketing tips that I’m supposed to doing something with. As any writer knows, we’re great at creating, but not so much at marketing.
Basically, I now have in my possession a “master class” on doing PR for my book. Sure, I’ve done readings around town before and a couple of radio interviews. I have a Facebook page, but I don’t tweet, text, or Skype. I have no idea what a SEO is and am not enamored with the thought of going on a regional book tour. In fact, most of what they recommend to achieve their goal of selling one book a day is not attractive. I’m ready to flee to my garden.
But the wake-up alarm has sounded. If I want to be a writer who honors her work, there’s a lot of work to do. This blog is a first step toward creating a community of writers and readers who also honor the beauty of language and want to share some time together.
So, I think I can handle a post a month – maybe two or three, if inspiration is kind. We’ll see how long my resolve stays strong. Maybe I can be as disciplined with this site as I have been planting and tending my garden. I can dream, can’t I?