Uncharted Waters.

a stormy ocean

Once upon a time, I was a baby blogger. In those days, I thought all I had to do was set up a blogspot account and fill my digital space with beautiful, insightful, and just plain funny blog posts.  If I did that, I was absolutely positive that adoring readers would soon be hanging on my every word.

It didn’t take long to discover how very wrong I was.

Blogging is hard, yo. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into building this little soapbox of mine and learning how to navigate the social media landscape. I made a lot of mistakes, was guilty of more than a few social gaffes, and thought about giving up more than once.

But I never did.

It eventually paid off. I earned a small but loyal readership. I even got to be a speaker at BlogHer. And, more  importantly, I found my tribe. My blogger friends quickly became real friends, and they continue to be some of my biggest supporters.

But now? Now I’m a newbie again. I’m an honest to God author-to-be and I don’t have a frigging clue what I should do next.

I was thinking I should probably give this website of mine an overhaul.

And I should probably get a professional head shot.

And, hey, maybe I should join a little thing called the Romance Writers of America? That would probably be a good idea.

But I’m just guessing.

Fortunately, I’m being published by one of the biggest names in the business (squee!). I’m sure my editor will have tons of advice for me. And that their marketing department will swing into action when the release date gets closer.

Soon, I’ll find my sea legs and go about the business of making friends  and finding (book) readers.

But for now, I feel like the new girl on the playground, waiting for somebody to ask her to join the game of hide-and-go-seek that’s swirling around her.

Anybody want to play?


6 Comments on Uncharted Waters.

  1. Meagan
    March 26, 2014 at 11:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Joining RWA and getting a professional headshot are probably excellent ideas.

    You’ll figure it all out. :)

    • Amber
      April 3, 2014 at 11:16 pm (2 years ago)

      One step at a time, right? Couldn’t have done it without you!

  2. April Underwood
    March 27, 2014 at 8:05 am (2 years ago)

    I want to play:) So excited for you and your new adventure.

    • Amber
      April 3, 2014 at 11:15 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! Me too. :) You’re welcome to play any time!

  3. Kristen
    March 27, 2014 at 3:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Such exciting stuff! The first thing I did when I realized I didn’t know anything about marketing the book I put out was to buy Kristen Lamb’s “Rise of the Machines: Human Authors in a Digital World.” I’d followed her blog awhile before that on the recommendation of another writer friend, and lady knows her stuff. Still working on undoing all the mistakes I made as a newbie (well, newer newbie) but you’re probably ahead of where I was, being that you’ve had your blog awhile. Best of luck! Let me know if you need a reviewer later on. :)

    • Amber
      April 3, 2014 at 11:15 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! I’m definitely going to pic that book up! Blogging does give me a bit of a head start, but there is SO much I don’t know!


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