Yank Them Up

Authors in the twenty-first century are in competition for readers. There are far more writers now than at any other time in recorded history. With the advent of social media and the ease with which one can self-publish their own book, more and more people every day upload books to sales venues and dive into the murky waters of promotion.

Along the way, you will have those who concentrate solely on selling their books. It appears they never have a bad hair day or are unhappy. Illness never strikes them down nor do they have family obligations interrupting their driven promotion work. Other authors look at them and ask “How do you do that?” What’s your secret?”

The answer often has new authors throwing what some have referred to as a temper tantrum.

Once that tantrum is full blown, these new authors look around and see no sign of the experienced person. They’re not on social media site A, nor B. Oh, sure there are posts galore from this individual but it doesn’t appear as if they’re online. The new author, instead of moving on to another activity, such as doing their own promotion or writing a new novel, sets out on a search through messaging and posting anything and everything to get the more experienced author’s attention.

While this tantrum is ongoing, experienced author’s friends are quietly laughing in the background. One or two might finally come up with a response to new author that isn’t in these exact words but means the same thing.

“Hey, pull up your big boy/girl panties and move on.”

The new author is shocked. Who is this person? Why are they talking to them like they’re an infant? How dare they?

Dear New Author,

Before you throw a tantrum and lose what little credibility you have left, consider this for a moment. The experienced author you’re following, asking questions of, and desperately trying to be like isn’t around for a reason. They’ve completed their social media promotion. They’re not interested in playing online games. Nor do they want anything to do with your tantrum. Mr. or Ms. Experienced Author is deep into plotting a new novel. They’re doing research. They’re scribbling notes on paper they have on their desk for that purpose. The experienced author will come up for air eventually. They will reappear on social media at some point, if only to catch up on their promotion for their books already for sale. They will not, however, be real happy to notice how many times you tagged them in posts, or how many PMs you sent, or how their friends are telling them about this person seeking them high and low.

My advice to you, New Author, is to stop concentrating on how much better Experienced Author is at all these things, except to learn how they do them. Instead, do as Experienced Author is doing. Sit at your desk and start writing your next novel.

About the K.C. Sprayberry

Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.

She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.

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