Over the last few months My Mr Keats has taken a bit of a backseat. I’ve written another a novel – yes a whole one, even I don’t know how that happened – I started a new job and I’ve just been very busy working.
I’m not great at talking about myself, but I’m pretty good at making everyone else sound good. I don’t know if this is due to an over-amount of humility or simply enjoying the sensation of seeing everyone else happy?
Either way, I’ve not done much with Unbound at all. And that is going to change, I hope.
I’ve got a new job as a Marketing & Publicity Executive at a publishing house and one of the earliest things I’ve discovered about the job and the wonderful authors I’m working with is that the authors that self-promote using social media and general communication do so much better than the ones that just leave it to the publishers or publicists.
Some can be runaway hits and build their own audiences through good writing, timing and luck but it is easier and usually more enjoyable when the authors push their books just as hard as anyone else.
In the back of my head when I push My Mr Keats I feel like the person I’m talking to is thinking ‘oh god, another writer’ when most of the time they’re genuinely thinking ‘Wow! You wrote a novel!’ I’m always surprised by this, oddly.
Of course it’s exciting and surprising! Writing a novel is a tough thing, editing one is even tougher and getting one published/crowdfunded even tougher! But to get to the last stages you have to have achieved the first and it is definitely an achievement.
I would love for a new author to come up to me and tell me that they’re crowdfunding their novel on Unbound or via Kickstarter! I’ve met a few debut authors now and they’re wonderful, they’re just excited and thrilled to be getting their work out there. And why not!
Good for them! Good for us, even.
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