My nutrition was off. My sleep was off. My work was off. For the last few days I've felt like I've got a hangover, and yet, I didn't have the pleasure of drinking. It's all the punishment, with none of the pleasure.
Needless to say, even while in the midst of this whirlwind, I've had some points of light. It has been hard to focus on them, because frankly I've had a hard time focusing on anything at all. That said, some time last week I had a brilliant idea.
I started contacting victim advocacy organizations about listing my books on their resource pages, doing blog posts, and or talking at their events. Their missions are in line with my goals for THRIVE, and that resonated. I got one that invited me to do a blog post, and one that said they would review my press kit. Seeing as I only emailed three, I felt that was a pretty good response. It seems that direction is something I need to continue to pursue. And along those lines, I need to connect with other organizations doing things on other topics within THRIVE.
It's kind of easy to find organizations working with survivors of sexual abuse. Not easy to search for the bend I'm looking working on homelessness, unemployment, and even less so with "whiteness." Hopefully I'll have some kind of epiphany of search terms this week to figure out connections for other outlets. In the mean time, I need to recover from last week. So, unfortunately, the week leading up to my digital release, is also the week I'm dragging from other things in life.
Isn't that just the way?
It is the last little bit of the marathon, and I have enormous blisters covering my feet. I'm dehydrated. I'm limping. I've got a stitch in my side. I am that stumbling runner. I'm so close, and yet it feels like every step is full of pain.
And I wonder, is the pain all worth it? When I get to the finish, will I be proud? Or just relieved that it's over?
But of course, this is just one race in a series of races. Promoting THRIVE doesn't end on June 15 with the release of the ebook. There is the speaking tour I'm gingerly putting together for next year. There are the videos I've finally prioritized with Christian to get done. There are the audio books I need to record and master. There are the organizations I need to contact, the posts I need to write... and the list goes on.
And that's just THRIVE. I have so many other writing projects this could be my full time job, plus some. It is daunting. But I'm getting ahead of myself. I can't think that far, not yet. Right now I have to concentrate on one foot in front of the other. This is the first marathon. I have to finish as strong as I can.
Despite the craziness of everything in the past week, I was able to get the following done:
- Researched victim organizations
- Contacted victim organizations
- Wrote post and submitted to one of the above.
- Wrote first draft of submission for writing blog related to THRIVE.
- Contacted friends at universities about speaker fees
- Posted to author forum about speaker fees etc
- Did social media blitz for several days on THRIVE.
- Blog posts
- Wrote and posted exclusive story to Patreon.
- Began rewriting FAMILY FRIEND OR FOE.
- Contact friends personally about the book - either through social media or email or both (LAUNCH DAY IS NEXT MONDAY!).
- Contact more victim organizations about resource listings, guest posts, and guest speaking.
- Follow up with friend about radio appearance.
- Follow up with contact about speaking appearance.
- Send out inquiries about speaking appearances at local organizations related to THRIVE content.
- Send out social media blast about THRIVE.
- Rewrite post for web zine/blog and submit.
- Send email blast on launch day.
When there is a good purpose, I believe things happen. This will test my belief...and that's a little scary.