What I’m doing
Watching a mama duck and four ducklings bask in the late afternoon sun on the riverbank. Thinking how it was just weeks ago that the ducklings, now almost as big as their mother, were fluffy little balls of feathers tottering around on the lawn.
What I should be doing
Working on my new book.
What I’ve been doing
Checking and rechecking to see how many reviews I have on Amazon and how many have been taken down – which happens when Amazon’s algorithms perceive a friendly connection between the author and the reviewer. Obsessing over how many Kindle and print books have been ordered. Badgering people to write reviews in the so far vain hope of moving my book farther up on the Amazon search list so that people browsing for mysteries can actually find it.
What I should have been doing
Figuring out a promotion strategy that is more far-reaching than sending my husband out to strong-arm friends, friends, acquaintances and strangers into buying copies of my book. Settling on a Kindle Countdown Promotions schedule. Determining how to advertise with no advertising budget.
What I’m doing next
Walking out and sitting on the balcony. Eating some delicious chocolate chip cookies left behind by my friend Sharron who baked and brought them all the way from North Carolina. Imagining that Oprah just called to tell me she’s chosen Dangerous Habits for her next book club pick. Thinking how great it would be if I didn’t have to stir my introvert self into doing all kinds of non-introvert things to promote my book.
What I should do next
Settle down and organize my thoughts, put together a rough outline, stop thinking about it and start actually writing my new book.
What I probably actually will do tomorrow
Obsess a little more, eat a few more cookies, settle down to writing because that’s really, really what I like to do, way more than selling. Although I will be taking phone calls, just in case Oprah tries to reach me.
What I’m doing