So, I am not an author every day. I have a full time job and a social life when I can swing it, so sometimes my author life gets pushed to the side. But some days, a lot of author-y things happen.
Like today. I got up early and submitted information to ten websites that promote free Kindle books (my next free days are coming up at the end of the month). I plan on submitting to a lot more over the next two weeks and hopefully one (or two or three) will bite and actually feature my book. Increased exposure leads to more downloads, which can lead to a higher ranking after the promo ends, which leads to more visibility, which *hopefully* will lead to more actual sales.
After the tedious task of filling out form after form for those websites, I headed over to a photographer to get my professional and official Author Headshot taken. We had a lot of fun with different poses and backgrounds, even some props! Don’t worry, though, nothing cheesy! I can’t wait to see how they turn out. She said she should be able to get me the images to look over by next week and I’ll post the ones I like for you all to ooh and ahhh over.
From the headshot shoot, I went straight to work. No author stuff there, but as I am not making enough money writing to support myself yet, it’s kinda author-y because my paychecks enable me to you know, eat and stuff, while I’m working on my next book!
And after I post this I’ll be leaving to meet with my critique group. They are getting chapters 7 & 8 of The Maidening Ceremony. I hope they are ready to just GUT it. My first drafts are so terrible – I really depend on my critique groups (online and in person) to tell me what sucks and what is passable and what is actually pretty good.
When I get home, I’ll obsessively check my sales (AGAIN) on Amazon and CreateSpace and probably stop by the KDP forums to see if anything new and helpful has been posted. And THEN, if it isn’t too late, I’ll either do some critiquing on TheNextBigWriter, or I’ll actually write! Whew.
And that’s a day in the life of a new author.