For years, I thought publication would be the ultimate goal. That once that happened, things would line up perfectly for me as a writer–literary agents and PR agents and interviews and book signings would fall out the sky, waiting for me to pick from them like fruit on a tree.
Turns out, this is not the case.
And it turns out that signing a book contract, as wonderful as that was, was only the next step in a long process of work–not the writing work that I’ve become so accustomed to and which I consider myself pretty adept at, but work like trying to set up book signings and looking for PR agents to supplement the one who works with my publisher, and building a fan base on Goodreads, and building a website, and…and….
My final draft is in (one hurdle jumped!), the proofs are coming out in 6 months, I’ve got someone who’s going to build an awesome website for me, and I’m working on the rest.
In the meantime, I’m looking at fellow writers, people who work in the book industry, people who have successfully self-published, people’s experiences with small publishers, big six publishers, anything you can think of. Your tips? Your plans? Your PR agents? Where does a writer go after publication is secured and they have a product to sell? What’s worked for you? What hasn’t?