The Novel is launched. I’m exhausted.

headshot newLaunching this novel has been stressful to this introvert. I’m opening myself up to criticism, to inspection, to judgment of my work. But if I am going to publish… the ‘public’ must be invited in. I’m shy; I have been all my life. Add to that, I’ve been dealing with a whole raft of technical marketing things with which I have no prior experience. Add to that, overtime at the ‘money’ job. Oh, and stress about an upcoming trip (book-related! Woohoo! More on that later.) Yeah, I’m exhausted.

But I am very satisfied that it is done! The paperback and the digital versions are both live and selling. To say I’m done is a relative term, of course! Sort of like Part One of Parts One through Three Hundred and Sixty Five. Marketing is the next job.

I am warming up to the idea of marketing, though. Or should I say, the ideas. There are multiple ways of marketing a book. And thankfully there are many willing to help with suggestions, with ‘help-for-hire’, and even ‘do it all for you’ help. At this point, I’m hiring some help, but still doing much of it myself. Maybe next book, the income from this one will pay for hiring the bulk of the marketing done by someone who does it for a living. I see now what a great idea that is!

Enough for now. Time for a walk along the Lake Michigan shore. And a treat, either at Starbucks or here at the apartment. By the way, if you follow me on Instagram, @gordondelandauthor, you get a glimpse of my life, where I walk and drink coffee at least!

Next time I will have some details about The Trip Back East that’s coming up in three weeks.

Keep writing,

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About Gordon DeLand

Author, speaker, ex-Navy and ex-preacher and ex-several other things. Grew up in the wilderness of Madison County, New York State. Officially retired, currently residing Chicago but have lived on all four coasts and Hawaii. Maybe someday I'll retire back to New York. But not yet.
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