Today, I reached a tipping point. January 2014 is nearly done and dusted. 2014 lies ahead. Last week, I nearly threw in the towel on the my beloved book – A Modern Military Mother – Tales from the Domestic Frontline. I doubted myself. The naysayers were winning. Is it worth it? What am I doing? I am still really struggling to deal with the stress of the past. I feel like Atlas and the burden of the past is the weight of the earth on my back. This is the truth. The book sometimes feels like a gateway backwards and not the road forwards. I am living my dream, but keeping it alive in the face adversity feels like another battle.
I have exhausted my immediate audience with the book and now need to reach out beyond my community. Self publishing is difficult because I don’t have the distribution channels to get the book into bookshops. This is where having a traditional publishing deal has it’s advantages as they have the means to get a book into the bookshops. However, even after this has been achieved, the author has to fight for the book to reach out to audiences.
With the advent of the audio visual age, with multiple TV channels, gaming, IPTV, social media, smart phones and tablets, I am certain reading books is in decline. So I have to take a big deep breath and start plugging away time and time again. Sometimes, the shameless self-publicising grates on me, like nails down a blackboard, but what choice do I have? I have to take it one book sale at a time and I can’t give up on it. Nobody is going to fight for my book as hard as I will. In a way it’s like another child so just as I will always support my children, I have got my book’s back as well.
Onwards and upwards. I’ll take all the help I can get. So if you have read it and loved then please help me promote it. Please spread the world and share the love. Please start the discussion on Goodreads, or buy it as a gift for someone who you think may like it. Please support me, the independent author, trying to forge ahead in the world of self publishing. I need a break. I really need a break. Will someone please cut me a frickin’ break? Yo!
And if you haven’t bought the book yet – then please buy and review it. A book without an audience now where’s the fun in that?
About A Modern Military Mother
Clare Macnaughton is a modern military mother; a feminist British military spouse, and lifestyle journalist, writing about real life adventures.