Newly Published Authors: Why Maintain Your Writing Momentum
The release of a new book is a huge accomplishment for any new or existing author. But before you get blinded by the stars of your potential book success, there is much much work ahead. Are you wondering what can a newly published author expect after publishing his or her book? To give you a heads up on some of the activities you’ll be performing, notice this beginner’s checklist to help get you started after your book is published.
After the Release:
- Create short YouTube videos to also post on your website, blog and social media
- Interact daily and make a connection with your social media audience
- Write a regular blog posts
- Read blog posts that interest your target audience and leave comments
- Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to make and reach out to media contacts
- Write and submit a book-related press release.
- Interact with LinkedIn, Google+, and Facebook groups that relate to your target audience
- Be creative and start your own LinkedIn, Google+ and Facebook groups
- Contact trade associations and groups and offer to be a guest speaker
- Contact internet radio programs and podcasts, and offer to be a guest speaker
- Have fun and try to enjoy performing your book related activities
Along with the above activities that you will eventually be required to carry out, there is one other crucial piece of advice that should not be taken for granted. Whatever you do, authors should be careful to maintain their writing momentum. Sitting down to write another book is usually the last thing in the world new authors think about doing, immediately following a new release. Even when they already have in mind the particular plot and character ideals for the next upcoming title, they probably have no plans to get started on writing another book right away. While this is certainly understandable, it doesn’t mean you should suddenly just stop writing. Instead, you should try to continue producing something new on a regular basis.
Writers know how important is to take advantage of the overwhelming need and compulsion to write, no matter when it hits them. In general, training the mind to get into writer-mode is a lot harder than training it to stay that way. One moment you might find yourself all fired up to write, the next moment you could be in jeopardy of losing your writing momentum. The end result is no different from writer’s block.
The term “writer’s block” is more than a little bit familiar to all types of writers, of various skill sets. The generally accepted definition within the industry indicates that writer’s block tends to occur when a writer is already engulfed in a project, then they get to a point where they feel “stuck.” This is the type of blockage that the Writer’s Digest article 7 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block focuses on, and it provides some helpful solutions. One predominant theme can be found in all the suggestions that they provide and that is to continue exercising your creativity. Here is how they put it:
“The key is to keep exercising the creative part of your brain and eventually you’ll tap back into the flow of writing.”
In the article: “Writer’s Block? Exercises to Clear the Block,” the writer Liz Elias agrees with the need to “help get your juices flowing.” Her comments show how sound the advice is, not just for new authors but for article writers also. All writers can suffer from writer’s block. Only another writer can understand the sporadic high and low periods that seems to come with the territory. We teeter back and forth between weeks of self-confidence and months of self-doubt; often resembling a person with bipolar symptoms. The smallest incident can affect a writer’s mood. It can either compel us to start writing, or suddenly make us want to stop and just give up altogether. In many ways, this is also a form of writer’s block. It stands to reason that writer’s block could be defined as anything that blocks a writer from writing. But even with this line of reasoning, the advice is still the same. Whether you’re already in the midst of an ongoing writing project, or you’ve come to the end of a manuscript. Whatever the case may be, your writing momentum (or lack of it) really matters to your future writing success.
When a writer is working on a manuscript, with the goal of publishing a book; a number of situations could be responsible for a loss of writing momentum. It may be a writer’s block in the more traditional sense or maybe it is caused by a decreased appreciation for what you’re writing. This can happen sometimes when you don’t like the direction the book is going in. The cause may also be something more obvious like you physically had to stop writing (for whatever reason) and simply failed to get back on track. These and other causes may or may not be avoidable, but losing momentum directly after finishing a book is one mistake that writers have control over. If you are a newly published author, or about to release a book, take heed to the remaining information below. It can help you prevent losing your writing momentum, following your book’s release.
Clearly, if you have just released a new title or are about to release a book, you’ve been on a successful writing schedule. Whatever your writing routine is, you have managed to create a workable and consistent momentum. Now that the book is finished (or nearing completion), your first inclination may be to take a much needed break from your writing routine. You probably realize you have a lot of promotion, marketing, and book related activities ahead of you, and you feel you’re ready to tackle them. But as far as the writing part of things is concerned, you see yourself as finished, at least for the time being. Your plan may be to focus solely on your new book. BAD IDEA!
Maintain Your Routine
What you really should do is try and maintain the same writing routine that allowed you to finish your book in the first place. You don’t have to think about laboring over another book so soon, but you should think of something else that’s worthwhile to write, and that will also help you to build on your brand. The best way to figure out how to do this is to realize that the new book is NOT the brand. YOU are the brand. So tweak your schedule and agenda if you have to, but do all you can to maintain the same consistent writing routine. REMEMBER:
- Don’t do anything else in that time slot except write
- Write non-fiction articles about topics you care about
- Brush up and improve your research skills and publish worthwhile articles
- Engage with Followers by reading and responding to comments
- Read other writers’ articles and leave comments
- Become relevant and stay relevant
Write! Write! Write!
Whatever you do, just write, write, write! One way to keep your writing momentum is to be consistent in blogging, and article writing for as many platforms as possible. Get used to creating fresh content that can help expose your brand. If you write on topics related to your new book, you can always select a quote from it and use it as a reference source, or at least mention the title and share a link. If you want to focus on a particular subject you’re familiar with (book related or not), write about it often, and start to be seen as an expert on the subject. This way, you never run out of things to talk about and you maintain a regular writing routine, which in turn will allow you to maintain your writing momentum. With any luck, you’ll began to get feedback that you can respond to and start building a larger following. By the time you’re ready to write and release another book, you can have readers waiting anxiously to purchase it. At that time, you will truly reap the benefits of having maintained your writing momentum.