Jennifer, the Wednesday Scribe, here. Those of you who know me, know I’m type A all the way..and like any impatient type A, waiting sucks. On Aug 19, I turned my book into my agent and although he liked what he’d read so far (whew) I still don’t have a plan. I have no idea when my book will be submitted or to whom. For a type A like me, this is worse than hearing nails down a chalkboard and more painful than pulling your face off one layer of skin at a time.
To pass the time, I jumped outside my comfort zone and thought about what else I could do instead of waiting. I investigated knitting. That looked too complicated. I thought about starting a new story, but quite frankly, I’m not ready yet. I tried drinking. All that left me with was a headache.
So, what’s a highly stressed, goal oriented, type A to do?
I started my own business. So please allow me to introduce you to “Market or Die Author Services, LLC.” http://www.marketordie.net/services.html
I blended my two lives, marketing and writing, a few years ago when I wrote Market or Die. While the intention of the three books was to educate writers about marketing, I found that many writers still didn’t feel comfortable enough with marketing to do it for themselves. So, forming Market or Die Author Services (MODAS) seemed like the logical next step to evolve my non-fiction career.
I’ve partnered with a few people I know and trust. Some I’ve trained myself. Others are marketing professionals and together we’re taking MODAS off the ground. We provide services such as branding, website/blog critique, brand advocacy and marketing plan assistance…all customized for the writer.
I’m proud to say we’re working with three authors right now, with a fourth on the way.
Considering nothing moves fast in publishing, if you guys know an author looking for marketing help, I’d appreciate it if you passed our name along. And, if you don’t, how about leaving me with a comment of what you do while you’re waiting? Because if my little LLC goes bust, I’m going to need all the help I can get to find something else to do.