Friday, November 18, 2011

I'm going to slow down a bit.

In the 59th Street Bridge Song, also known as Feelin' Groovy, Paul Simon wrote (and Paul and Art Garfunkel sang):

I'm not particularly interested in preserving the pre-noon time, or even in feelin' groovy, but I am going to slow down my publishing.
  • My first book was published by Doubleday in 1976.
  • My second was published in 1996.
  • In 2008 I formed Silver Sands Books, my own little publishing company, intending to publish exactly ONE book.
  • I quickly got addicted. In 2009 I published three books.
  • In 2010, I did four more.
  • In 2011, I tried to publish nine. That was a BIG mistake for a one-person publishing company, especially for a part-time, one-person publishing company.
While I am generally at the keyboard by 3:30 a.m., work seven days a week and love to write, format pages and conceive covers, I learned that promoting books can take more time than the pre-printing tasks.

I've decided to move some of my 2011 books to 2012, so I'll have more time to let the world know about them.

Maybe I'll even have enough time to smell the roses, or feel groovy.

Listen to Paul and Arty -- the words, not just the music.


1 comment:

  1. I was at a self-publishing event last weekend, and someone asked a very experienced indie publisher how much time they should spend marketing their book. His reply was "as long as it took to write it!"

    That sounds extreme, but marketing and selling these books is much more difficult than creating them, as you've discovered. It will be interesting to read about your marketing efforts in the coming year.