Nervous Wreck!

It’s coming! In twelve days, less then two weeks, I’ll be a real live, honest-to-goodness, published author.

And I’m a nervous wreck.

You won’t believe all the things going “funky” right now.

Let’s start with me being sick all last week.  So many things I meant to get done had to wait until I had strength and energy enough to do them–which turned out to be this past Monday. So the invitations for my debut party I thought I’d already have mailed by now were created just yesterday. And guess what? I forgot to put the book title on the invitations. The book title! The entire party is about the book’s release–how could I have forgotten that?! I can’t change it now–the stationery store doesn’t have any more sheets like the ones I choose for my party. Sigh.

Next problem deals with the internet, or the lack of it. In an era when just about everything pertaining to writing and marketing is done online, I can’t get my internet service to work consistently. I have HughesNet, with a satellite receiver. The tech came and tweaked the receiver, which didn’t help. I got a new router, which didn’t help. Hooking up straight to the modem doesn’t always help. This morning, someone is coming out to give me an entirely new system. If that doesn’t help, I’m going to pull out my ol’ IBM Selectric III and go back to a time when the hardest thing to do was change the typewriter ribbon.

Even if I could get my internet connection to work consistently, that won’t help with my next problem.

I want a 24×36″ poster. Book cover on the top, blurb next to it, my pic on the bottom, bio next to it. Should be simple, right? All I have to do is design it and email it to Staples and they’ll print it out for me. I can’t figure out the program. I was able to upload my pictures to the page, but I wasn’t able to type the blurbs on it. Or, on the other program, I can get it absolutely perfect if all I want is a 8-1/2×11″ flyer. Which is fine, I guess. I do need some flyers to go in with the invitations that don’t have my book title on them.

Flyers are a marketing tool to help build my name recognition regionally, but I also want a larger cyber-presence. I joined GoodReads so I could advertise my book there, but they won’t let me do it until it’s already out (or at least I haven’t figured out how to do a prerelease announcement). Same with LinkedIn.

Part of my problem with cyber-presence is the fact that I put off studying marketing techniques. I thought I’d have time. Give the Lady a Ride wasn’t supposed to come out until October. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited it’s coming out sooner, but I really wish I hadn’t procrastinated.

Yes–let this be a lesson to you! Ye authors, heed my words! Figure out how to do your marketing long before you get your book release date. Long before, so you won’t be a nervous wreck like me. Or, at least you can be nervous over a whole other set of problems.

Do you have a marketing idea? Leave a comment and tell me what it is, and you will be entered in the drawing. This week’s giveaway is perfect for spring. Texas bluebonnets will be blooming  just any time now, and these coasters hold the perfect image of our state flower.

About Linda W. Yezak

Author/Freelance Editor/Speaker (writing and editing topics).
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20 Responses to Nervous Wreck!

  1. Wow. I’d be stressing too. I wish I could help! Praying all the issues melt away – quickly!

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  2. Sheila Yezak says:

    You could call another stationary store to see if they have the paper you want or maybe a similar one that you would like. For internet you could use the library. Office Depot does printing.
    For marketing use your social networks, facebook and email addresses. Put up flyers, advertise in newspapers, ask people to help you spread the word, get a website. I know you’ve probably thought of all of these, I hope this helps. If I can help in any way please let me know. Best wishes.

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    • Linda Yezak says:

      Great tips, Sheila!

      I’m hoping to do a signing at Scripture Haven in Bryan, so I hope you and all the Bremond folks will come!

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  3. Oh me, you sound like a basket case. My first advice is to pour a cup of coffee and grab a Dove chocolate. Sit down in your favorite chair and relish the fact that you are (or will be in 12 days) a published author.

    Linda, I’m not published yet, either. And my debut novel isn’t coming out until 2012. But I will take your sage advice and try to get my marketing lined up way ahead of time.

    As for you. Remember, it’s nice to be right on top of things, BUT your book is going to be out there for a long time. Not just a couple of days. It’s not going to fall apart because you can’t do everything the first day. It sounds like a delightful book and you are a delightful person, so I’ll bet it does super-well on the market.

    Computers boggle my mind. But so far Hughes Net has been good to me. Once that’s straightened out, you’ll do fine. I told my husband the other day I can’t remember what I used to get stressed about before computers. Looking back, life must have been a dream. :-}

    No title on your invitations? Now that’s something I’d do. Someday you’ll laugh about it. Knowing you, maybe one day next week you’ll laugh about it.

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    • Linda Yezak says:

      You sound like the soothing voice of wisdom, Lynne! Bless you!

      Funny note #2: Leaving the title out of my invitation wasn’t the only thing wrong with it. I had inverted some numbers on our phone number–numerical dyslexia at work. Oy vey!

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  4. K.M. Weiland says:

    Twelve days? Wow, that’s really getting close, isn’t it? Can’t wait to get may hands on an autographed copy. 😀 If you haven’t already gotten yourself a copy, you might want to check out Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s The Frugal Book Promoter. It’s chock-full of great, do-able promotion ideas.

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  5. Brad says:

    Linda,

    If you have a data plan on your Blackberry, you can use that as your PC’s internet connection by attaching a USB cable. I think Verizon charges extra for that if you do it through them, but there’s an app called Tether that won’t cost you a monthly fee once you buy the app…

    Best,

    Brad

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  6. Joyce Lansky says:

    No, Linda. I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ no book. But congrats on getting published! If at a loss, do what I do–google it! Good luck on your book and enter me if you think my advice is halfway sound. LOL.

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  7. Walk says:

    Just think, YOUR book is being boxed up at this moment, YOUR book will be in our grubby little hands in a few days, YOUR book with YOUR name on YOUR cover. I’d be nervous too!

    Robert Liparulo did this, he sent out boxes of ten books of “Here Comes A Horseman” (may have the title wrong) to people who signed up for his street team. They in turn gave the books away with the commitment of writing an Amazon review. I know Liparulo has more books under his belt, but its something to keep in mind for your future books.

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    • Linda Yezak says:

      Liparulo had a good idea. I’ll be sending several books out to bloggers, maybe I can get them to post their reviews in Amazon too.

      Thanks for sharing, Walk!

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  8. I think this blogger needs an autographed copy!

    I wish you lived here, or I lived there. Abby’s Lee could whip you up a neato poster.

    Does Staples have a graphics person who could help with it?

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  9. Jo says:

    Stop stressing out! I know, easier said than done. Sit down with a cup of coffee and remember that no matter what, everything is going to turn out just fine!

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    • Linda Yezak says:

      I actually did that, Jo. Went shopping, grabbed a Starbucks iced coffee, relaxed. Best advice I’ve ever received!

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  10. Tracy Krauss says:

    At least you’re doing something. when my first book came out I was oblivious to the fact that I needed a web presence! I can hardly believe it now, as I look back. I’m sure your book release will be a great success!

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