When you are sitting in front of the empty computer screen, it can be a little hard to get started. Sometimes it seems the thing to do is to work on promotion and sales. After all, authors are supposed to be responsible for their own promotion in this face changing world of publishing. No one else is going to get the word out, right? The internet, lovely thing that it is, presents a plethora of opportunities to procrastinate under the guise of “working” whether it be “promoting” or “business.”
Oh Twitter, you and your fast stream. Having Twitter followers seems important doesn’t it? After all, we’re all being told repeatedly to take advantage of social media. So I have to check my Twitter feed. Did anyone mention me? Maybe I should try to get people to sign up for my mailing list or tweet something interesting about a new release. Wait, I have to be relevant to my followers so I really need to find some good articles to retweet so people don’t unfollow me. That requires of course browsing around various news, writing and publishing sites. Uh oh, where did the morning go?
I have to maintain my author page. A lot people have signed up and I need to keep them informed of what I’m doing don’t I? I have to do this in a non-intrusive way so it takes a bit of thought. I need to include pictures too to make my post interesting.
I need to get a good blog post up and promote it. Maybe I should try to do some guest blogs too (like this one, thanks Louisa!) If I write a new blog post, I need to tweet about it . . . better post it on Facebook too.
I need get my blog post on Triberr. This will expand my reach to thousands of people who might, maybe, potentially, come to my site and read my blog. If they like it, maybe they’ll check out my work!
5. KDP/Pub It
After all this promotion, I need to check and see how my sales are doing. Have I sold anything since yesterday?
6. Writer Forums
I’d better check out the latest news in indie publishing. My writing friends can always be counted on to know the latest on changes at Amazon and censorship issues. If Smashwords is down, I need to be the first to know!
These six are just the tip of the iceberg. I haven’t even gotten to online shopping, visiting the sites of other writers, checking my bank account balance and updating my web page.
It’s no wonder that half the day (or more!) can get frittered away before any “real” writing starts.
How do you waste spend time on the internet? What do you do to try to cut it back?
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