With so much pressure on writers to promote themselves on FaceBook, Twitter, blogs and other social media and with so many technological distractions lobbying for our attention, frankly, I don't see how writers are able to do what they love most--write. Don't get me wrong, I think social media is very valuable, but it can also be very addicting and very life sucking. This is what I am experiencing now as I try to promote the books I've published recently while polishing ones in progress. Exactly when, I wonder, am I actually supposed to be able to get back into the enjoyable, creative aspect of writing?
Writer wannabes often idealize the writing life because it looks so glamorous, but I can tell you, that much of it is just plain hard work. If you want to be published these days, just writing a creative story isn't enough. I'd say that 75% of the process now involves marketing. As I am trying to juggle both freelance writing and freelance business (primarily in the handmade art realm), I find it pretty draining. Just how are other authors doing it? Better yet, do they enjoy doing it? I can think of one particularly prolific author who is on FaceBook constantly announcing where she is speaking and what book has come out. After a while it seems as if the announcements fall on deaf ears. With so many people touting their books and talent via social media, is anyone really paying attention in such a social media saturated market?
I invite others to give me their take. How are you feeling about writing these days? If you are published, how are you balancing writing with marketing?