It is frustrating to try and find new readers and expand my existing small audience into a larger one. I'm on Ello, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, WattPad, Goodreads, and others, and I am left feeling like the work put into trying to build an audience is more time-consuming and less rewarding than just working my craft.
I've spent money on Kirkus Reviews, bought ads on Facebook & Twitter, and still feel like I've not made a dent. I've done book signings and public reading events, and still feel like I'm spinning proverbial wheels on ice.
I think what I need is a break from the 'marketing,' and social media frenzy, and to simply work on the next novel free. To just pour forth my energies into these humans and their problems, their joys, and their defeats ... to just write.
I believe I am typing this just to force myself to read my own frustrations. Nonetheless, I am certainly open to new ideas or thoughts ... @ellowrites