This couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m currently down for the count and confined to my room because I just ate a whole Cinnabon. One. Cinnabon. And I’m feeling sick because of it. How people can continuously consume these both astounds and worries my frail stomach.
It’s a nice room, so I have that going for me.
Also, I get to amuse myself by writing for all of Sue’s readers! And for that I’m grateful. It’s been so long since I guest posted that my insides are giddy with excitement.
I run a writing blog filled with short stories, letters, poetry, and anything else you could think of when it comes to literature. (Except reviews—oh, I’m awful at those.) While I’ve been writing for the last five years, my blogging career is an admittedly short one. I was fortunate enough, however, to be interviewed by one of Discover’s editors and that brought me a lot of quiet lurkers.
But enough background talk! Let’s dig in to what I wanted to talk to everyone here about.
Writing inspiration and book promotion for indie authors!
I get so many emails from fresh faced bloggers wanting to know how I manage to conjure all these random thoughts every day, and really, I don’t know what to say except find what works for you! There are so many things to write about in the world. Many tend to write from experience. They write about something they consider a big part of what made them—them. They ruminate and expound. Then there are those absent-minded ones that will talk about the kind of shoes a stranger in passing wore. There’s no one way to be inspired, muses are fickle things, but you shouldn’t stop just because you think your writing’s no good or because you’ve hit the proverbial “block.”
No one is great in the beginning, and even I still consider myself a clumsy word dabbler, rather than an actual “writer”—whatever that word means. And writer’s block is just another part of the journey of finding what inspires you. Write what you’re passionate about, if that doesn’t work, write what you aren’t passionate about, write a haiku about coffee or tea…
Make the ordinary, extraordinary through your words, and you’ll find so many crossroads that you won’t even be able to pay attention to all those walls everyone else gets so distracted by. They’re tall and dark and menacing, I know, but oh, the path beyond is so much more interesting. Narrow and curved, wide and empty—the possibilities are endless.
This brings me to my point about indie authors and book promotions. (A rather abrupt change in topic, yes, but not quite for me. Don’t worry! I’ll tell you why.)
For me, pressure and inspiration go hand in hand. I find that when I’m not pressured to do something, I procrastinate. Stagnation seems inevitable. But when I created my writing platform that all changed! I made a WordPress, Tumblr, IG, and Twitter. (Once upon a time, I only used FB because I was a proud caveman.) But now, suddenly, I was pressured to post, and as my Instagram grew in followers, it was expected to post regularly.
And this provided me with endless material to cross post onto my other networks.
As an Indie Author, writing your book is the easy part. Getting word out and finding people that care enough to spend their hard-earned cash on you is where it gets tricky. But just remember… it’s never too early to start connecting with other people.
Put yourself out there, utilize this thing called the internet. Blog, comment, guest post (hint, hint) and find others like yourself that are going through the same struggles and just… jump head first into the community.
We’re nice, I swear.
Magic doesn’t happen to those that don’t open themselves up to it. Strive and try, and just for kicks, try again.
Remember: writing is time-consuming, but marketing is all the more. We wouldn’t have professional book marketers if that wasn’t the case. Start early and get people interested. It’s nice to have people get excited about your book release with you.
As they say, “Patience is a virtue,” or perhaps, “The early bird gets the worm” would’ve been a better ending for this.
You all get it. 🙂
Find and Follow Nicholas
About the author:
Nicholas Rinth lives lakeside in the southern graces of Savannah, Georgia. Where he spends his time fantasizing about other worlds and working on his next novel.
He has a tendency to stress-eat and sleep during his free time, and is otherwise occupied with his lifelong dream of becoming a character writer for the video game company, Bioware.
Cover By: Fabian Rensch
“If the future was bared before you, would it still be yours?
If the past could chase you, would you run from it?
If the world crumbled tonight, would you carve your own?”
Freedom is out of the question for practitioners of the Institute, and any supporters otherwise are dealt with violently. A system Sylvie Sirx neither refutes, nor endorses—born from an enviable family, talented in her skills, and entirely too content with her position, her path has always been a straight one… until now.
Her qualifications backfire when an elder from the north descends upon her home for a Choosing. He calls upon the Drowned Tower’s most sought after practitioners for a simple job that ends in blood, and then Sylvie’s blissful world erupts. She finds herself in the company of the Elementalist, Jacques Dace, an insufferable but deadly enthusiast of personal reform. Together, they’re swept into a spiral of powerful magic and ancient grudges. Where truth bends, stones whisper secrets of the past, and their home lies at the heart of what could very well be Ferus Terria’s next recorded war.
And for once, she is forced to choose a side, learning for herself what it means to master fate.