WISE COUNSEL—WITH MUSCLE V
To be totally honest with you, I’ve written these last few blogs more for myself, than for other writers. It often happens that way for me especially when I’m researching a topic that touches me personally. Needing to hire and work with a Marketing Assistant is one of those issues. So I’ll go a step further before closing out this theme and ask this question: Am I the only one who has a hard time asking for help?
Sometimes I feel that way especially when I see TEAMS of people working together to promote someone else’s books. However, now I’ve done a little research on the troubles people have asking for help I hope it makes you feel better, because I do. Here’s a few things I’ve learned.
Many, MANY of us have grown up with society teaching us their seat-of-your-pants, “pull yourself up by your bootstraps,” philosophy of life. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and next-door neighbors have informed us that they walked 40 miles to school—one way—then came home and plowed 20 acres. Nobody helped them and they didn’t ask for any help, either! EXCLAMATION POINT! A good work ethic is a value we all appreciate. However when whole groups within society have given up and walked away from their dreams because they would not ask for assistance, we need to find a better balance of work-play-receiving help-and helping others.
Actually, we’re already pretty good at seeking help, it just hasn’t been identified as such. Obtaining the education we needed to be writers is an excellent form of asking for help. Learning how to use our computers, how to effectively search the world-wide-web for background of fiction and non-fiction books, and how to feed ourselves nutritional foods to keep our brains sharp are unseen ways we’ve all sought help. But should we now follow that same path and spend hours/days/months researching ways to market our books—or take college courses on marketing—so that we can “do it all ourselves” even if we don’t have the natural aptitude?
A good friend recently asked me to babysit her son while she went grocery shopping “in peace.” Of course I was glad to do it, and enjoyed playing trains and reading together as he eagerly told me what would happen even before I turned the next page. Driving home I started imaging a wild and whacky children’s book series! Really? If I’m not willing to ask for help in marketing my current book, WHY should I start writing a series?
You’ll be glad to know that I have started a research file on Marketing Assistants—individuals and businesses—and have made a few query calls. I’m listening to their promo-information “talking points” about their skills and abilities and making a list of the ones that will help me with my book within its genre. I’ve talked with my publishing consultant at the company where I self-published and she’s given me two name of their Marketing Assistants. I am ready to accept that hand-up the marketing mountain. How about you? ⚓︎
|ABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene has been writing something since before kindergarten days and continues to love the process. Through her small business—DOYLE WRITING SERVICES—she brings more than 40 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their projects. This is a nice fit as she develops these blogs for Outskirts Press (OP) a leading self-publisher, and occasionally accepts a ghostwriting project from one of their clients. Her recent book release (with OP) titled FIREPROOF PROVERBS, A Writer’s Study of Words, is already receiving excellent reviews including several professional writer’s endorsements given on the book’s back cover.
Royalene’s writing experience grew through a wide variety of positions from Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to Teacher of Literature and Advanced Writing courses and editor/writer for an International Christian ministry. Her willingness to listen to struggling authors, learn their goals and expectations and discern their writing voice has brought many manuscripts into the published books arena.