After five consecutive days of intermittent hardware trouble and operating system problems, on top of the usual broadband connection issues with my ISP, I’ve decided to just take the hint. All the time I spend online could, frankly, be better utilised doing something much more productive; and as luck would have it, I’ve recently started working on my second novel in earnest, so it obviously makes sense to focus my energy on completing the first draft ASAP, rather than stressing about not being able to get online.
The main casualty of choosing to devote all my free time to my current work in progress will be the marketing (such as it is) for my first novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers. But truth be told, I’m not exactly broken up about that; I haven’t at all enjoyed the marketing/promotional side of being an indie author. Not only is faffing around with social media tediously boring, it is also a thankless task, so I’ll be more than happy to stop wasting my time with it. Ultimately, my book isn’t going anywhere, so it will still be available to readers (whether they know it or not) regardless of whether I am actively pimping it out. Besides, I don’t really see the point of devoting any meaningful time to marketing until I have at least three novels to my name.
In the meantime, focussing on my writing for the next 8 – 12 weeks will, in all likelihood, also mean even less blogging than usual. I’ll try to post at least once a week if I can, though I suspect no one will really notice if I don’t. And for what it’s worth, while it may still be early days, the sequel to The Exercise Of Vital Powers is already shaping up to be even better than its predecessor. If I can be bothered, I will post the occasional update about my progress.
Of course, it’s possible I’ll be in a better mood next week and won’t be quite so eager to go AWOL for the rest of the summer. But I wouldn’t put any money on it.
Thanks for reading,