My last post was about Louise Penny, who is now one of my favorite authors. I like her so much I’ve even pre-ordered her newest Inspector Gamache book when it’s released next month, something I rarely do. I wrote about her books to express my admiration for her skill at getting her readers to care about her characters and to share the lessons I’d drawn from that. It was a fun post to do. It was written, polished, and published all in the space of a couple of hours. And then I forgot about it.
Forgot, that is, until an e-mail showed up in my inbox saying that someone at St. Martin’s Press had re-tweeted my tweet about the post. Three things instantly popped into my head:
- Gee, when exactly did I tweet about my post?!;
- Wow!; and
- Oh no!
You see, I’d completely forgotten about having set up WordPress to automatically tweet my posts. (Trust me, I am very mindful of it now.) And I was surprised but also pleased and honored that someone had seen my tweet/post and shared it.
But I have to admit also being a bit embarrassed. Embarrassed not because of what I’d written but embarrassed because my website isn’t as polished as it should be, nor have I given as much thought to marketing and overall social media presence as I ought to have done. With two writers’ conferences coming later this summer and my novel manuscript now topping 95,000 words, it’s long past time for me to tackle this. And so I am.
I’ve started contacting website designers to talk about their services and how one goes about the whole process of working on a redesign and developing a better social media presence, from the website and blog to Twitter and Facebook, as well as to describe for them the goals of my site and my intended audience. It’s a bit daunting, but it’s also exciting to finally begin thinking more strategically about what to share about my novel and how best to share it.
I have many more questions than answers right now and a lot of thoughts swirling around in my head, but I’m looking forward to what comes next. It’s even been a bit of a psychological boost that, oddly enough, is giving me more confidence in my characters and my story and my ability to tell that story in a way that’ll keep readers interested and wanting to read more. I’m still very aware of how difficult it is to get published and have no illusions about that, but moving ahead on a new website is making me feel more optimistic and positive about tackling those challenges. So stay tuned — I hope you’ll be seeing something new and different soon!