Hold on to your bootstraps…we’re about to wrap up a long journey!
STAGE V: The Final Push, or The Writer’s Marketing Plan
I like Stage V of the Six Stage Plot Structure. It’s messy and REAL. It is at this point that the hero will have a moment of retreating back into their identity, or false self before making the transition to FULLY embrace their ESSENCE and TRUTH. Remember Identity vs. Essence, The Transformation from Living in Fear to Living in courage? This might be my favorite part of the Hero’s Journey, so when the hero fully embraces their new self, and essence, I’m on my feet cheering.
In many ways I feel like I am in the midst of a Final Push right now in my writing career. The last month has been a huge education in the Marketing aspect of being a published author. To say I had a mini melt down over putting a plan in place is a bit of an understatement. There are so many different avenues to take. What works for one author might not work for another. Everyone is forging their own path in this unpredictable industry. I spent time researching what others have done, specifically focusing on others who achieved publishing success with a small press. I made a decision on a path, only to change my mind a day later after more research. I agonized over every aspect…what to do about a website, do I use a promotional company for a blog tour? Are blog tours effective? When do I start promoting? How heavy do I go during my Pre-Release period, or do I wait for the actual release date? It was only after I made all those decisions and committed to my plan that I was able to fully embrace the path and move forward.
Enter: Reflection Character
Usually during the Final Push, a Reflection Character will appear. This character serves as a sounding board for our hero or helps them see what was right in front of them all along. My journey includes a multitude of Reflection Characters. We writers just starting out are pretty much fully responsible for our own Marketing and Promotion plan. Yes, there are services out there to help for a price, and yes, the Marketing Director with The Wild Rose Press has been Ah-Mazing answering every question I had, and believe me, there were many, but in the end, we authors are running our own show – pretty daunting stuff with that full time job hanging over my head and a busy family life to juggle. During this time, I turned to my fellow writers for support. My amazing blog mates, The Violet Femmes, the supportive crews within my writing organizations, New Jersey Romance Writers and Liberty States Fiction Writers, and more recently a group of women, my fellow “Roses” whom share my same publisher. What a blessing they have all been to help guide this uneasy path. I’ve written about this before, but it bears repeating again. Romance Writers are a unique breed of people. You will never find a more genuine or generous spirited group. The wealth of knowledge shared on a daily basis astounds me.
Turning Point #5: The Climax, or The Writer’s First Release!
Next week I will reach my very first Climax in my writing journey. During the climax of a film or novel, the hero faces their biggest obstacle and achieves the success or failure of their outer goal. On September 25th, RETURN TO AUDUBON SPRINGS will go live for a three month Pre-Sale Exclusive with Amazon. I. AM. TERRIFIED. For the first time a piece of my writing will be out on the market available for consumption. It has been a long journey, but I’m ready to dive in.
Stage VI: The Aftermath, The Writer Embraces the Future
The aftermath is described as living in a Transformed Existence. This journey has transformed me in more ways than I can describe as a writer and a woman. I thank you all for being part of this long and winding road. Whatever the ultimate outcome of this first book (PRE) release, I’ve made all my choices, I’m ready to forge ahead and live in my Writer’s Essence.