Writer Vs. Marketer Vs. Editor
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?)
I am a fairytale writer of children's books and young adult novels. At the moment I have self published through my own publishing company. Remnants Publishing. Unmasked is my first long short fairytale. Polarbe's Hibernation is our children's book. And there is plenty more on the way.