Let's face it, the writer's journey is not always a smooth path to follow, even after you've successfully published your book. Since joining a number of writer's groups, I've seen varied frustrations from dedicated authors, especially when it comes to marketing their novels. This past week put me securely in this group, a group I had strongly hoped to avoid.
Missing books at one bookstore, difficulty placing orders at another, and a failed social media promotion all seemed to hit at once. I made the necessary phone calls and visits, then had to accept that the rest was out of my hands. But that got me to wondering about other authors, and how each of you handle that unexpected crisis. Do you become paralyzed with panic and anxiety, or do you do what you can, and move on to write your heart out, because that is something you can indeed control?
I find it heartening to know that other authors have dealt with similar incidents, and have survived. That is why I feel that writer's groups are essential. If you are experienced, you can mentor others; if you are a novice, you can seek counsel and comfort in knowing that you're not alone. I have chosen to join both online writer's groups such as promocave.com, as well as local groups such as Ft. Wayne Writer's Guild and Barnes & Noble Writer's Group. Each have unique qualities, with the online groups providing a broader spectrum of writers, and the local groups providing that physical connection with other writers in the community. I find both invaluable.
So how do you deal with those bumps in the writer's road? What gets you through your crisis du jour? Do you stop and check for damage, then drive on, or do you park it and get out? Can you find another route by tackling a separate marketing campaign? Whatever your response is, know that you're not alone. Writing is our passion, and who knows what's around the next bend.