I attended an interesting talk the other day on Indie publishing. The author obviously puts in a load of work to garner the success that she has and that includes a TON of social media. She encouraged the audience to devote a tremendous amount of time doing this, along with writing. It has worked well for her, so I cannot fault her reasoning in any way. Kind of an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ sort of thing. I watched the audience members’ faces go from hopeful to concerned/discouraged fairly quickly. They wondered how they’d ever get any writing done given the amount of work needed for all the rest of the jobs that come with Indie publishing. It was actually sad to see. I wanted to stand up and tell them there is another way, but I knew that would be rude given the circumstances.
Here’s the thing, what works for some authors doesn’t work for all authors. The only social media I participate in is Twitter and this blog. I don’t have a Facebook page. My Goodreads’ page is a way for me to keep track of the books I’ve read. I don’t chat with anyone there. I’ve been *cough* lax *cough* at contacting reviewers for my work. Okay, so I haven’t contacted any, who haven’t contacted me first. I’m not a fan of bugging people, so I do what I am comfortable with. That happens to be writing.
My message to all the writers out there who are Indie published or who are thinking about becoming Indie published is this: Just write.
Being productive is the BEST thing you can do for your career. I don’t care if you have a name or you’re just starting out. WRITE! WRITE! WRITE!
The rest will take care of itself.
Now I have to get back to work.