It’s funny when a harmless comment someone makes keeps you awake all night – but more importantly it makes you think.
Let me briefly explain, I’ve embarked on a Cover Wars competition, where my book cover is alongside four other covers and people (hopefully) vote.
I received a message last night saying, “I don’t usually like this sort of voting,” she also said, “I voted as I believe in your work, your journey and your story, usually I feel compelled to vote for a friend rather than on the strength of their work.”
And she is so very right. And, this really made me think.
Today when I posted a reminder to vote (as requested by the FB page admin), I explained WHY I was doing this. I receive help with marketing if my cover wins. Let me tell you, marketing on your own, when you really have no-clue, is tough, very tough.
But, immediately, I received thank-you messages and lovely emails saying that, now, it all makes more sense.
The problem I have is that, I KNOW in my mind what is happening and I merrily assume everyone else does! (Just ask my husband!)
So, to explain. I’m not egotistical by nature, but the truth is, for a day or two I did become a little narcissistic! However, with this comment and a bit of thought (at 2 am!) – I realised I am quite happy if you don’t want to vote or if you click on the link and prefer another cover – fair dos and all that. The other Authors have worked just as hard!
But what I am, is an author that is alone. I write, I edit, I publish and I market. I have lovely support from friends and family (and a paid editor) but what I don’t have is a team of publishers and marketers…. it is all little ole’ me.
I do this ‘stuff’ to help let people know that there is a book out there they may want to read. I am never going to be rich doing this – but maybe I can give someone a little enjoyment and perhaps cover my costs one day.
November 12, 2014 at 7:31 pm
Comment from Carole Grant via email (she asked me to post this here, as she cannot due to password probs!) : “You may only end up being a *hundred-aire* from the sale of your books but you have given man, hundreds of times over, pleasure, adventure, and a resource for the dreamers, the armchair sailors and those out there. Keep writing. We can’t wait for the next book!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
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November 12, 2014 at 7:31 pm
Thanks Carole, I would be delighted to be a ‘hundred-aire’! 🙂 Am writing writing writing – next book, percentage of proceeds go to charity! A heart-wrenching, heart-warming, funny story coming up – soon! 🙂
November 12, 2014 at 7:45 pm
I am loving your book and I am up to uour arrival in Kent which is where I was born!
Ps I voted again today 🙂
From your biggest fan in Christchurch New Zealand
November 12, 2014 at 7:56 pm
Thanks Viki you are just fabulous! Your comments are so appreciated. Thanks for voting for me again!! Nice to know a bit more about you – you too have a fan who is from the UK, usually living in Aus but currently on a Dutch Barge in France with an Aussie husband – no wonder I am confused! 😉
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November 12, 2014 at 2:54 pm
Jackie, as a fellow self-publisher, I know what you meant. The marketing part is really really hard. I really hate it when it’s for myself, but love doing it for others. I didn’t know that this cover wars things helps with marketing (maybe I’ll try it!) but I too voted because of what I’ve read of your book so far, and also, because your cover really is captivating!! And I mean that! I think that as a writer, when all’s said and done, you want people to vote for you because they’ve enjoyed your work – not because you’re a friend, so believe me when I say I voted because of the content and the cover first and foremost!! The fact that you’re a great, courageous and fun person too is secondary – but then that’s what makes your book so good too! You go girl!
November 12, 2014 at 5:42 pm
Thanks Val, those words and thoughts mean the world. Yes, you want people to vote because they enjoy your work. The first few days I lost touch with that – not good! But I have good friends, family and support, that bring me back down to earth and I am feeling much better about myself. I have achieved what I wanted to achieve (for this book!). The Cover Wars is driving traffic to my website, so that is working just fine. It will be lovely to win, but I am not so “desperate” to win, when I first started! Thanks again x
November 12, 2014 at 3:35 pm
Hi Jackie. The way I feel about your writing and your subsequent marketing is that…everybody has to work and earn money. You are putting your time and effort into your chosen vocation just as I did with mine….when I was as young as you :). I do not think you are narcissistic. You are realistic and very hard working. And I love the fruits of your labor. No excuses needed.
November 12, 2014 at 5:43 pm
Hi Rolande, thanks so much for saying that. That’s just what I need to hear. I do take EVERY comment on board, chew on it, think about it, mull it. What you say is so true and thanks for reminding me xxx.
November 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm
Keep up the hard work Jackie and I hope that someday you reap just rewards – off to vote for your cover again now.
November 13, 2014 at 9:25 am
Hi Deb, Thanks so much for your support and kind words. Marketing is so much harder than writing (and takes all my time) hay ho! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx