After you publish

It’s a funny thing. Somehow I thought publishing my novel would be the end of the work. Oh, I knew there would be some marketing involved but I’ve done marketing for other people for decades (really) and I can do it in my sleep. Plus, I enjoy finding new and creative ways to market whatever I’m pushing.

But this morning I realized that after you publish your book, you’re far from done. All you’ve really done is added marketing duties to the rest of your previous list of tasks. Unless you’re a one hit wonder, you still have new works to research, develop and write, you still have editing and adjusting, you still have networking and all the rest of it on your plate. Most of us still have day jobs to support ourselves too. And now you have marketing effort to fit in to your busy schedule.

Cover of Stillness in the Garden

As long as you love what you’re doing it’s not too big a sacrifice. I’ve actually laid out a schedule so I don’ forget anything but also so that each activity gets some attention every week. You can do it all, as long as you allow time for each activity and leave yourself some free time to decompress.

Now go out there and sell a lot of books!

In case you haven’t checked out Stillness in the Garden, you can get your Kindle version here. Paperback copies are also available on Amazon.


About Diann Writes

Diann L. Tongco enjoys sketching, crafts and photography as well as writing poetry and novels. To stay out of trouble, she writes, shows curly-coated retrievers, grows fragrant roses, drinks good of wine with friends, and spends time with her grandchildren. She lives on Washington's Puget Sound with her boyfriend Nick and their dog Ozzy.
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