I don’t always have the best attitude. I admit it. To compound matters, I tend to put myself down before others have the chance. “I’m a horrible marketer.” “I can’t write stories for a broad audience, only for the small group of folks who think like me.”
If my books don’t sell, then guess what? I already knew they weren’t going to, so there. (At least I’m good at being right!)
The other day as I was writing up a blog post, I was preparing to dog on my marketing skills (dog on… I might be showing my age with that one), and I stopped myself. “No Jessica, it’s not that you are a horrible marketer, it’s that you don’t have enough time.”
But is *that* even true? What if I do have enough time? What if “enough time” is only 10 minutes a day?
With a renewed sense of purpose, I dusted off my Twitter account. I shot off a practice tweet and then scrolled through my feed, stopping on the first post to catch my eye. Lo and behold it was Katharine Grubb at 10minutewriter.com. Katharine believes we can follow our writing dreams in 10 minute increments, and while it almost sounds crazy, I have to agree with her because some days ten minutes is all I got. And some days, I need to spend those 10 minutes on marketing.
Here’s what I accomplished last week when I decided to stop pouting (yes, I was pouting about not having enough time to market), and put 10 minutes to work:
- I acquired about 10 new Twitter followers. (Is 10 the new magic number? )
- I realized my home computer is running an old copy of TweetDeck (bummer) and the newer version won’t run on my OS (another bummer); however, it doesn’t really matter because now I can access my TweetDeck account online and have access to the same features. (Woot! No need to upgrade the old OS.) With TweetDeck I can broadcast tweets to multiple Twitter accounts at one time, which means both of my accounts (@jessicathomasin and @provisionbooks) will soon be getting more attention.
- As I was lamenting that I could only access one Twitter account from my iPhone, I did a quick search for apps that manage multiple Twitter accounts at a time. Turns out my current app already handles multiple accounts. Whaddya know. Me and Twitter are all set now.
Did last week’s 10 minute marketing sessions result in books sales? Nope. But, I met new people, joined a great new Facebook group, and I’m ready to dive back into Twitter. Several weeks/months of this and I might sell a few. 😉
I’ll keep you posted.
If you have any 10 minute marketing ideas, I’d love to hear them!
Until next time.