Larriane AKA Larion Wills, two names one author, thousands of stories
Okay, I admit it, I ask myself that often. Lately it’s been primarily to do with promoting, keeping a blog, guesting on other blogs—Like Miz Gin’s—looping, chatting, interviews, all destined at times to drive me to distraction. I got the books published; that should be enough, shouldn’t it? Unfortunately, no, and if I didn’t owe it to myself to promote, I do owe it to my publishers.
The publisher is the one that spends the money—yes, folks money—to put my book on the market. They hire the editors, cover artists, media personnel to make a finished product of what I started. They know, and that’s why it’s in my contract, that the promoting they do is a drop in the bucket to what can be done by, you guessed it, the person who wrote it. One author I know of pulled his book from a publisher because they expected him to so some self-promoting. His reason was he didn’t have the time for it; it took him away from his writing. One would assume he bothered with a publisher in the first place so his book would be available to others to read. If he doesn’t want others to read it, why bother writing it in the first place.
Wait now, I wrote for years without publishing. But then again, maybe that is the point. When I began submitting in earnest, I knew that I was going to have to do more than just sign a contract. Admittedly it’s turned out to be more time consuming than I anticipated, but that doesn’t change the obligation to myself or my publisher. So, promote, promote, with one little tidbit of advice, when the bug bites to write, those blogs, interview opportunities, and loops will still be there when you surface. Or, and this is from hearsay, not experience, you can make yourself a schedule, so much time for this, so much for that. Never works for me, but, hey, it might for you.