Letters from the Real World: When the Real World Strikes Back

By Cait Reynolds

IMG_0080You haven’t seen me for a while.

Life got in the way. First, for a very happy reason in that I got pregnant, but then for a very sad reason in that I lost my baby at five months right before Thanksgiving.

I am okay. It’s not in my nature to give up, though I will admit a blow like this takes a while to recover from. The last two months have been a blur, but not without progress of a kind.

I got back to the gym. I got back to cooking. I got back to writing.

And getting back to writing means getting back to thinking about promotion.

So, here I am. I haven’t put anything out since the spring of last year. I have new things on the way, but they won’t hit until later this spring. This means I have a lot of questions for myself about what to do now?

This is a real world conundrum. Life happened, interfering with my “business.” In an industry where churning out new content is key, all I have is year-old “stock.” Yet, promotion is the key to keeping your name out there, keeping your books rolling through the rankings.

What’s a girl to do?

Well, for one thing, get back to blogging on a regular basis. Check.

I don’t want to come off as desperate and amateurish by flogging year-old horses all over Facebook and Twitter. On the other hand, enough time has passed that a reminder might not be so bad.

Trying to coordinate that with the book I have in the writing processĀ in one genre and another in the editing process in a different genre is also a bit tricky.

I guess the most important thing for me to remember is that at least I’m trying again. I had a setback, and promotion of old stuff right now might not do much, but at least I’ll be back in the game. Sorta.

And, sometimes, “sorta” is the best you’re gonna get from the real world.

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