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I’m not feeling terribly insecure about my writing specifically this month. Cry of the Hawk is coming along much better than it was. My two revision projects are also trucking along.
My main insecurity right at the moment is rather similar to what I felt when I first self-published. I’m launching a Patreon, and I’m down right terrified.
I have two novels self-published and for the most part, they sit on the electronic shelves gathering dust. I see a few sales here and there, but nothing spectacular. Part of me thinks and hopes that a Patreon page will change that. That having that link out there will attract more people to my website and generate more interest.
Another, perhaps more logical part, realizes that it will basically be just another self-published novel. One I’ll have to market, something I’m still learning how to do. One that may sit on the electronic shelves, gathering dust. Dust I will have to look at each day when I go in and see I have no new subscribers.
But it’s all about incentive. If I can get even one person to subscribe, it will give me impetus. My plan is to post serials, which I’ve noticed some indie authors do through their websites. If I know someone is waiting for that new chapter each week, I’ll want to post it. I think that will keep me going. And that interaction between myself and readers, even if it’s just one, is what I want more than anything.
Wish me luck. My plan to launch on September 5th, with a full serial ready to go, and an exclusive short story going to anyone who donates.
Anyone else have any crazy marketing plans? Do they terrify you?