IWSG July: I Wrote a Book

This is a post for IWSG. The Insecure Writer’s Support Group posts every first Wednesday of the month, releasing our neuroses into the world. Come join us!

Thanks to this month’s co-hosts: Charity Bradford, S.A. Larsen, AJ, Tamara Narayan, Allison Gammons, and Tanya Miranda! 

I wrote a book.

I wrote a book?

I wrote a book!

On June 13th, I pressed the “publish” button on my self-pubbed historical novella PEARL. So now, three weeks later, I can say “I wrote a book,” but more importantly, “I wrote and published a book.”

Since then, I’ve been getting back into the sagging middle of my Victorian/contemporary novel while also wrapping my head around the publicity and marketing side of having your book out by ear:

  • I played with my Amazon keywords. 
  • I’ve had my tight little writing group let me do guest posts and interviews on their blogs. Here, here, and here
  • I’ve joined a historical fiction group on Facebook. 
  • I joined an author’s group on Goodreads—which seems to consist of people messaging me about their books and if I want to review them, which strikes me as not the right way to market anything. 

There’s something really exciting about having something of yours out in the world. There’s also a feeling of puzzlement, of “Oh, yeah, I wrote that, didn’t I?”

It’s a learning process and an experiment. If anything, I’m feeling insecure about the next project. Will I ever write something as good as Pearl? If I do, hopefully it won’t take as long to get there!

26 thoughts on “IWSG July: I Wrote a Book

  1. I know exactly what you mean about the feeling of puzzlement! I'm still figuring out the whole marketing thing, but if you ever want to brainstorm ideas, or get any (inexperienced) advice, just drop me a line Good luck!

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  2. If you can write something good once, you can most definitely do it again! ^_^ They say if you get struck by lightning, you become that much more likely to get struck by lightning again. If that helps at all. Lol!

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  3. Congratulations on publishing your book. Enjoy the feeling. Every time I publish a book, I worry that I won't be able to do it again. That's what keeps us on our toes.Diane IWSG #99

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