Yesterday I had a bit of an epiphany. My “problem” in the publishing world is that I am too unique, right? At least, that’s what agents are telling me. They love my ideas, they love my writing style, they love how unique my stuff is…but that’s exactly why they can’t represent me. Okay, fine. So what are my options? Keep being a struggling indie author with unique ideas, or conform a bit more and write something less unique, and maybe be given a more widespread opportunity? Well, sorry, but I’ll keep struggling.
So here was my epiphany: if I’m going to be different anyway, I may as well be really different. Thus, a new marketing approach. Thus, giving up a day of self-promotion every week – just because it makes me happy to give back to others. Thus, my fictional character live tweeting from the Oscars.
As one of my dearest friends said last night as this was going on, “Go big or go ice skating.” I love that! You can fully expect that to be on an Abigail Phelps t-shirt before all is said and done. (Okay, there may not be a big market for Abigail Phelps t-shirts…) But why not? I have weird ideas, and I come across as rather fearless about it all sometimes. Truthfully, I’m not fearless at all, but I do tend to jump in and do things before I really have a chance to think about them. And actually, that has mostly served me well. So that’s my new approach. Go big or go ice skating.