Way back in 2008, I finished my first book, and submitted it to a small publisher. This was before Kindles, and ebooks were still something to be reckoned with, but about that time they were beginning to come to the surface. This publisher did offer them and was one of the reasons I chose to publish with them.
My sales were unknown to me. I got small royalties at first, but then, nothing. I assumed it was because my sales had fallen off. I didn’t know anything about sales and marketing at that time, so it stood to reason that sales would be affected from my inactivity.
I was dead-set to make a go of writing, so I wrote another book. I began a podcast on BlogTalkRadio, which got to be so popular, I nearly had guests every night. I figured what I didn’t know about the industry, I would learn from my guests. And I did!
But of course, creativity and making a business of it are two different things.
I found I couldn’t get any writing done because I was so busy interviewing other authors. I let that podcast go for a time, until I could figure out a way to make it work for me as well as my guests.
That was when I brought the podcast home to my website. Then I began to offer video, audio, and blog posts to go with the interviews. It was great! I could offer to my guests all of their interviews in all of the ways someone might want it.
Finally, I decided to remove it from my website as it had been hacked once and it needed space to grow. So I moved it to its own website http://www.writergroupie.net and that was the best thing I could do for my site and its own.
You likely know the rest, but for those who don’t, my hubby got sick with cancer and I had to quit writing, podcasting, and pretty much everything that didn’t have to do with his illness.
But I am going to figure out a way to get things going again. It’s been a slow journey back. I am so glad you stayed with me!