Next week, my first-in-series urban fantasy romance, Valkyrie Cursed, hits the shelves. I’ve released books before, but never like this. This entire series has come about due to hundreds of hours researching self-publishing, learning marketing techniques, and diving into the insatiable world of advertising.
This has been an eye-opening and really enjoyable experience, which further suggests that this is my calling. But now, it’s crunch time. All that hard work is about to culminate in the release of a new series, and I can’t get over it, I’m so excited.
While I’ve read a great deal about releasing a new book and series, this is my first time applying it to my own career. Without first having done something, how can we be sure we will make the most of the opportunity when it arrives? It’s impossible to know whether the experience will meet our expectations even if we have done them before, so first time is inevitably nerve-wracking.
I used to be one of those people who believed that working hard will result in success. That was before a handful of office jobs that showed me that office politics was more important than hard work, in those circles. If the boss’ son gets paid to work and watches YouTube all day when the company has announced budget cuts, guess who’s getting axed? Not that guy, and in case you’re wondering if this only happens in Hallmark movies, I can assure you from personal experience that it doesn’t. The hard work = success idea is idealistic, and it also does not apply to the self-publishing industry.
Don’t get me wrong, all the people who I see succeed at publishing their own books work their butts off, but they don’t just work hard, they work smart. They surround themselves with trusted people, analyse everything that goes right or wrong with their book sales, and strategise accordingly. I have also seen people pour huge chunks of their day, every day, into trying to make money from their self-published books and get nowhere. Hard work is an essential factor, but it guarantees nothing.
So, while I’m fairly certain I have worked hard up until this point, the question still remains whether this release will be a success. After all, I have yet to prove to anyone, including myself, if I can work smart in this industry. Next week will be a test of skill, and I’m looking forward to it.
Just a heads up, next week I will not be posting as normal because it’s release week. Next week will be a plethora of information about Valkyrie Cursed, where you can get it, for how much, and what it’s all about. Who knows, after all the book reviews I’ve written, maybe I can also create an urban fantasy book you’d like to read.
Keep an eye out next week for all my posts on Valkyrie Cursed!
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