Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. Glad that you are joining me right now. I have recently made a few changes in my life at the moment (I have moved out of my apartment today, which is a couple of days earlier than expected) but I have been slowly and surely dealing with the fact that I have to get used to my new situation at this point. But I have been thinking a lot about what I want to do for the next few months and I am pretty good when it comes to some of the decisions I have made so far.
I know that at the moment, I am almost finished with the second draft to Courtney’s Redemption. I have it all written down in my notebook but I would still need to type it up before I will be able to go back into it again on my computer. As I previously stated, I will go back to rewriting my work on the computer considering it’s easier and way faster than what I am doing now. I have also been thinking about what I want to do come next year in 2023.
- The Phiman’s Trilogy – So I have not strayed from my initial plan of writing the three book series. My hope is that I will able to publish it and complete it by the end of 2023. I still have to work on the second draft to the fourth book in the Truson S.E.T. Series, A Phiman’s Betrayal but I am hoping to do that really soon.
- Lex – Yet another project I have been dying to write about since I wrote An Orman’s Revenge, My hope is that after I finish editing and publishing Courtney’s Redemption and A Phiman’s Betrayal, I will be able to get started on Lex as soon as possible. I have an outline for this story that I really need to finish before I can write a single word of the book.
Despite me rambling on about my plans, I also started thinking about how I wanted to market my previous books in the Truson S.E.T. series. I have heard a lot of self-published authors state that they have been successful when it comes to marketing their own work when it comes to advertising their own books. While I think this is encouraging and I really don’t have a problem when it comes to marketing my own work, I also think that hiring other people to market your books can be just as helpful as well.
As a self-published author, we are always taught not to do your own book covers and to hire a graphic designer to do them for you. We are always taught that while it’s okay to self-edit your work, you still need a beta reader and/or an editor to review your work before you publish it. All of these as somewhat valid points but why is it that when it comes to marketing, self-published authors don’t have the same argument when it comes to hiring someone else to market the books for you? Sure, we could easily say that hiring a marketer is way too expensive for a self-published author but is it?
I have been known in the past to pay over a thousand dollars for an editor to edit and review my work. Even though I do my own book covers using Canva, I have heard other authors pay hundreds of dollars for a professional book cover for one, if not all, of their books. Why wouldn’t we be able to do the same thing when it comes to marketing? I know of a few authors who have used Fiverr to hire people to market their books (If you are interested on the last article I posted, you can click here for more info) along with marketing it themselves. Some of the results were good, others were not.
Since I don’t know how to market my books too well, I don’t see anything wrong with hiring someone for some extra help when it comes to this area until I am able to learn it on my own. I have been doing a little bit of research on Fiverr and I would like to consider hiring some of them for the marketing side of my book. Frankly, I don’t see anything wrong with this as it takes the time away from me worrying about marketing my book all the time and focusing on the one thing that matters the most to me: Writing and publishing my books.
Isn’t that what writers are supposed to be doing anyway?
P.S. If you didn’t have an opportunity to check out my latest video on my Youtube Channel on my latest read from Brenda Novak, you can check it out down below. Thanks for watching and reading and I will see you soon.