The Process

Ransoming RedemptionI’m having some mixed emotions right now.  On the one hand, I’m excited to be launching the final chapter of the Rannigan’s Redemption series, Ransoming Redemption, on April 18.  At the same time, it’s a bit traumatic when you come to the end of a story.  The characters have become friends, loved ones even, and it’s hard to say goodbye.  And then there’s the fact that there is a lot involved in launching a book that takes me away from actually writing.

Doing promotions and marketing keep me busy.  On any given day, I start my morning by posting the day’s tweets (that I composed and scheduled the previous day) on various Facebook retweet threads, and then passing along those belonging to other authors who have already posted.  After working my regular job all day, I come home to continue retweeting those posts that have come in during the day, and then compose new tweets for the following day.

Then I might create new promo ad graphics for future use, browse through stock photos for those that might be useful, write a new blog post, or Google+ post, or Facebook post, or pin on Pinterest.  I might need to read and review someone’s book because they did mine.  I like to feature other authors on my website in appreciation for their promoting my work.  Or I promised to beta read a new book and give feedback.  Occasionally, I like to read something just because I want to read it, and when I like it I always leave a review.

The promo load increases, obviously, leading up to a book launch, and for a while after that, to be honest.  I need lots more promo graphics, lots more posts to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest.  I need to post more to the blog, things like cover reveals, enticing excerpts, reviews, interviews, and such.  I need to find people who are willing to promote my new book on their social media.  I need to start a new Thunderclap and spend time clicking to promote the campaigns of others so that they will do mine.

And all of this activity leaves precious little time to write, which is what I like to do best.  I’m no marketing expert, I can tell you.  I have found, however, that if I approach my day with a plan, I can still squeeze in time to write.  I’m not sure how others do it, but I have found that the best ideas, the best character conversations, come to me in that twilight time between asleep and awake.  I love long, languid weekend mornings when I can daydream about a work in progress.

And this morning, I did just that.  After lazing in bed for couple of hours, between awake and asleep, I had a great idea for the project I’m currently working on.  It doesn’t actually attach to where I left off last time, it happens a bit later in the story, but I didn’t care.

This morning, before I even did my morning tweets, I banged out a conversation and a scene with which I’m very pleased.  I can go back later and connect the dots.  But it feels productive.  After that, I went ahead with my routine retweets.  Life goes on.

Oh, and you can pre-order Ransoming Redemption on Amazon.