Writer 007! That’s right, you heard correctly.
My name’s Terveen…Terveen Gill. But you can also call me the Online Marketing idiot.
What is going on here? Could someone please explain this to me? This is so embarrassing.
I need a drink…
Hey mom! Where’s that glass of milk?!
I am supposed to be a writer, whose only job is to write. What’s with this Online Marketing mumbo jumbo? How did I get caught up in this?
For God’s sake, I’m Writer 007! When did I sign up for Online Marketing?!
Isn’t it good enough that I just sit and write all day?
No! I don’t think the Book Fairy is going to sell my work!! That’s so dumb!
I’ll just find an agent or a publisher who’s interested in my ‘super awesome’ and ‘not to be messed with’ writing. After all, I’m not called Writer 007 for nothing.
Hey! No name calling! That’s so rude!
I know it’s difficult to land a publishing deal, and agents can be very expensive. They could burn giant holes into the pockets of many shirts, trousers, jeans, and skirts.
Oh Lord! You sing terribly! What?! You were a writer too?
I don’t even want to ask why you’re jamming all alone with a guitar now?
Ok, I get the point. Online marketing is necessary in this day and age. Sure, I can do that! Just give me the address of the online marketer, and I’ll meet him tomorrow.
WHAT!!! Social Media??!!
I can’t do that! I’m allergic to things I can’t touch and feel!! This is the end of me!!
Alright!! Deep breaths!! I don’t know the head or tail of social media. What am I supposed to do? I thought social media was for liking and following other people. How’s that going to help sell my books?
That means I have to find ways to connect. Yeah not too bad!
Oh My God!!! I have to learn and read about online marketing?
So now, I’m a writer who’s supposed to read more than I write. If I have to study all this nonsense, I’m never going to find time to write. End of story. My writing days are over!
I can’t SING!! That is not an option. Okay…I’ll give it my best shot! I can do this!
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the burden of marketing your own work?
Do you feel discouraged that you’re sometimes spending more time promoting your work than actually getting work done?
Is it just a matter of a few days, weeks or years?
Does it get easier as you get more than knee-deep in the process of online marketing?
If you have any words of consolation, then please do share them.
As of now, I’m Writer 007 signing off with a glass of milk, and yes I don’t mind whether it’s shaken or stirred.
Stick around! Check out my blog post https://terveengill.com/dont-judge-a-writer-by-his-books/