Super big thank you’s for Rhiannon for letting me take over her blog today!
Today I’m going to chat a bit about marketing and writing, and the double-edged sword of doing both.
For me writing is the best part of the whole journey. I love creating characters and worlds and stories with them. It’s always exciting to see where the story goes (I’m not an outliner!) My biggest challenge with the writing process is finally bringing the story to an end, it seems there is always something more to write. Eventually I do manage, and there is nothing like finally saying “I’m done!”
The thing with being a writer (at least one not published with one of the Big Boys) is that you can’t just write. Well you can, but no one will know your books are out there. Once you finish your baby and get it out there (either by self-publishing or through one of the many great smaller presses) then your work really begins. You need to build your platform and make yourself (and your books) known. Easier said than done, let me tell you. I could go into great detail over the how to’s of marketing, but there are loads of other posts out there on that, so let me just say- save yourself some time and do some research! It constantly amazes me some of the questions I get asked by other writers, both aspiring and those already published. Most of the answers can easily be found with a quick google search. I use google every day, researching ways to market, trends, statistics and the best, most affordable, easiest ways to do everything involved with marketing.
Here is where that double-edged sword comes in. I’ve written a book. It’s published. Now I’m marketing. But the marketing takes up a LOT of time. The problem is I need to work on that next project. It’s hard to manage and have time for both. Everyone is different, and it can take some time to get everything running smoothly so that you have the perfect balance. I’ve been published since Dec 2010 and am still working on finding the right mix that makes me happy and gets everything done.
My latest release!
Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales
By Jen Wylie and Sean Hayden
An anthology of the strange, bizarre, and just plain weird.
Zombies, vampires, ghosts, and …crickets? Try a taste of writing from two very different fantasy authors. Flash stories are super short and perfect for when you ‘just have a minute’. This anthology contains 15 stories from authors Sean Hayden and Jen Wylie. Run the rampart of emotions in this exciting mix of tales. From humor to twisted, there is something for everyone.
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007Q33YB6
Prime members borrow for free!
Jennifer Wylie resides in rural Ontario, Canada with her two boys, Australian shepherd a flock of birds and a disagreeable amount of wildlife. In a cosmic twist of fate she dislikes the snow and cold. Before settling down to raise a family, she attained a BA from Queens University and worked in retail and sales. Thanks to her mother she acquired a love of books at an early age and began writing in public school. She constantly has stories floating around in her head, and finds it amazing most people don’t. Jennifer writes various forms of fantasy, both novels and short stories. Sweet light was her debut novel published in 2011 by Echelon Press. She also has a number of fantasy short stories out, including a YA short story series called Tales of Ever.
My website: www.jenniferwylie.ca
My blog: http://jlwylie.wordpress.com/
facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Wylie/151266004895266
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Jen-Wylie/e/B004HQ9XD8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1