As a writer I have learned that I have to market myself. Market my books in advance before they are even completed. However I am not a marketer. I am a writer. I love being a writer; and I never really wanted to go into marketing.
But here I am marketing myself on a website; all created to grab your interest in my books; and me as a Writer.
When I started writing; I had assumed other people would be doing this for me. That an agent and publisher would be there for me. I never thought that I would end up being my own agent, editor, and publisher. It just wasn't the way things were done. unfortunately as times have changed this is exactly where a majority of the writers are at.
Agents and Publishers have forgotten what it is like to take a chance on an upcoming, new writer. They want one that already is published; one that markets themselves; makes their jobs easier.
And so I have to become a marketer; of myself and my books. I have had so much interest in my stories from outside people. So many people telling me that I am a good writer and that they want to read my stuff. That I had assumed marketing would be the easy part. But it has been one nightmare after another.
On top of the writer and the marketer always fighting within; I have the editor. The editor has been fighting the loudest and roughest. The Editor has to take charge; when all the writer want to do is hide in a corner; and the Marketer wants to shout from the rooftop. The Editor has to tip toe around everyone's feelings; yet produce the best product.
When all is said and done; when all three work together it is masterful and beautiful to see. But when they don't; when they lose control, one part falls apart; so do all the others. One's mistake means the rest fight and the outcome is not pretty. Nothing gets done. So I wrestle with myself, fight for the day that things might all come out right, and pray that enough of me survives to see that day. - K A Petentler
(a little overdramatic... but what writer isn't?)