A commitment to book marketing means MAKING time for it.
Happy 4th of July to all! Just in case you missed it, we did a rare Saturday post this weekend offering 10 book marketing tips for the Independence Day holiday.
Now, we’re back to the topic at hand: finding TIME to market our books.
You will never find time for anything.
If you want the time, you must make it.
– Charles Buxton
So, as SBMs*, we’re in agreement that we’re COMMITTED to marketing our books. Even if we’re very busy and time is an elusive commodity. As the above quote from Charles Buxton indicates, it will not be a matter of finding time for book marketing, but rather making time for it. It may be helpful to remind yourself that you made time to WRITE the book, didn’t you?
Only you can decide which time works best for you when it comes to your book marketing plan. Maybe it’s early morning, before the family is up and moving around. Perhaps it’s late at night, after all are in bed. Could be weekends. The important thing is that you carve out time on a regular basis. Of course, certain tasks like phone calls will need to be done during business hours – but more than likely, if you schedule carefully, you can accomplish such little jobs during your lunch hour.
If you’re still in the process of writing your book, scheduling time for your work moves from important to critical.
Don’t be afraid to use your resources and built-in support network: your family and friends. Make sure they understand how important this book project is to you, and why – and then empower them to assist in your success. Whether that’s helping with chores, keeping quiet while you’re working, or just making sure they get up for school without needing you to nag them. Perhaps a friend could take the little ones for a few hours a week. Maybe you need to be a little more assertive with your partner regarding household errands.
Above all, assume the important people in your life are in your corner and cheering you on. Even in the unfortunate situation that they are not, you can still make time for marketing your book. It may take you a little longer, but the steps are the same, and you can do it if you remain focused, diligent, and active!
See you Thursday!
*Savvy Book Marketer
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Thursday, June 30 – How much TIME will you devote to marketing your book?
Monday, June 27 – Start with ONE book marketing strategy, and BE DILIGENT about it!