My Author Journey | Sheryl Steines

My Author Journey

My journey begins today!

Thoughts from today:

It's been one hell of a journey, these last 7 years. In that time, I've been up and I've been down while at the same time and I've been standing still. It was time to make some major changes. It started with the complete rewrite of book one and restructuring my entire series. I had the blog completely recreated and organized. My Twitter handle and Facebook author page changed. I turned it upside down.

It's funny though, because the struggles from seven years ago are still the struggles I have seven years into the journey. The only thing that's changed is; I'm far more knowledgeable and maybe a little more confident about what I want and where I want to go. And as book two is finally about to be released, I remember and reminisce, and really the journey is still the same.

So here's my Throwback Thursday blog from 2011.

I can't believe that it's been a year, this month, since I published The Day of First Sun. In that time, I've cried, complained, written, edited, worked on the blog, cried, hated Twitter, loved Twitter, cried, threw my computer down in disgust. I've researched, questioned other writers, sat for hours under a cold breeze at Wizard World, all in the hopes of finding that one thing, the one spark that would get my book out there in the market, in front of the right person.

In the first 11 months, I did what I was told would work. I got a Facebook author page, a Twitter Account, Amazon author page, sent letters to independent books stores in hopes I could get a book signing. But in that time all I've managed to do is sell my book to my friends and family and maybe some strangers. 

It's always time well spent, on an anniversary, to take a moment to reflect on the past year and learn something from it. I learned I suck at marketing and I'm rather computer/internet illiterate.

No I actually did learn something valuable. I learned my passion and my love, is the path I should take. It fosters confidence, which breeds more confidence and that opens you to possibilities. I've always looked at the book as my product, one that I need to get to market. In an effort to accomplish that, I attended my first book expo and that was my greatest lesson. I realized how much I didn't know about publishing and that I had choices to make; I either stop pursuing this journey, stop spending money in hopes that something good will happen, or I stop straddling the fence, jump in with both feet and make the dream a reality.



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The Dreaming Sentinel says February 15, 2017

In terms of marketing (and I am a bit of an unknown idealist here), I believe it comes down to spending your time doing what you love most. Making art and selling art are two completely different things, which is why traditionally artists paired up with businessmen–both skilled specialists in what they do (but I’m all for independents as well, artistic integrity counts).

But, theoretically, if you write and publish good books which slowly take hold and spread as more and more people read them, is that a better way to have spent your time than marketing so much that the writing is reduced?

It is really nice to hear you sharing your journey so sincerely, and I wish you the best of luck and happiness in the future 🙂

    Sheryl Steines says February 17, 2017

    Thanks for your kind words. I’m seeking help with others who know more about the marketing than I do. I would much rather create my imaginary worlds than try and sell them. Though as with life, I need money to pay for the marketing help.

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