Joy Sikorski Author

I know. There’s a comma missing in the title of this article. I did that on purpose. You’ll find out why if you keep reading.

Meanwhile, everyone thinks of me as a voice liberator, performer, composer and maybe a cancer thriver (what in the world is that, you ask? Well, I’m writing a book about my cancer experience. But for now, read on.

Yes, I am all of the above and more, but because I am also so very excited about my new book—Song of the Terebinths Trilogy, Book One: Betrayal—co-written with Michael Silversher and coming out in October that I just had to write a post about what it is like to be an author in the hopes that you get something from my thoughts on this subject.

(Pssst) First, a little aside: the image you see above is merely a placeholder book cover for the Judah and Tamar story. It is not the actual cover. That will be much better. This is just something I threw together after I created the book trailer for the Judah and Tamar story.

(Psst) Another aside: Why am I using my name so much in this post? Easy. Read on…

I am not using my name because I am full of myself and crave attention. Quite the opposite and contrary to what people may think, I am really rather shy about the things I create and do. Usually, I actually want to hide away somewhere cozy and safe.

However, I am using my name to partially demonstrate the reality of what it takes to be an author in the digital era and what it takes to get read. Let’s go over three author realities (as I have experienced them) in a few simple points.

With these points, you are going to watch me use my name a lot. At the end, you will know why I am breaking through my natural shyness to do so.

  • First, an author, needs to write a good book, article, short story, etc.
  • Next, an author needs to get it published
  • Lastly, an author, needs to let the whole world know that her work is there

#1 – Joy Sikorski Author and a good book

(Psst) Again, I know I missed a comma. I did that on purpose. Why? Because I am working with keywords for SEO, but more about that in a future post.

Obviously, an author needs to write a good book. However, what definition you give to “good book” might be a far cry from what someone else gives. In the end, the only thing that truly matters is that Joy Sikorski Author knows that it is a good book. The author is the most important person to make a decision on that because the author is responsible for the content of the book.

The wonderful thing is that the author is always growing in her writing techniques, character development, plot twists and turns and how to deal with exposition so that it is not boring for the reader. This “growing in the process of writing” is one of the thrills an author experiences.

It takes a dangedly (yes, a new word from me) huge amount of heck-time (yes, made up by me too) work to experience the thrill of becoming a good writer, but it is dangedly the heck-time worth it!

#2 – Joy Sikorski Author must get published

Okay, this is a biggy subject. Suffice it to say that it can mean many things, but it basically boils down to getting published through a publishing house or self-publishing or both.

(Huh? How does one do both? More about that later.)

When a new author tries to get published, the effort, cost and results can be devastating. Using a book agent is crucial (so they say) and trying to convince a publishing house that you are worth their effort is almost impossible (ever heard of the slush pile of manuscripts never read in the publishing business?).

On the other hand, self-publishing can be daunting, discouraging and devastating too. However, if an author wants people to read her book, she is going to have to make some very important decisions about which way she wants to go.

Watch this video to demonstrate what I am saying.

#3 – Joy Sikorski Author promotes her work

Now we get down into it.

The reason I am using my name so much (and without the comma before “author”) is because the third reality of being an author has to do with how the world is going to find you, why people might want to read what you have to say and how your own mindset about promotion, marketing, etc.

There are millions of books, articles, blogs, poems, etc. swirling around you.

There are millions of authors wanting to get their work published, sold and read.

Unless you have an amazingly huge budget to work with or you are one of the very fortunate and tiny tiny minority of people who are successful and well-known authors, you are going to have to be your own best promoter and marketer.

Sorry folks. That is the truth of it.

But here is the good part.

Promoting and marketing can be as much fun (and as much dangedly heck time hard work) as writing the book!

True, it involves another learning curve, such as figuring out how to deal with search engine optimization and keywords (SEO) but it likewise has tremendous rewards.

Back to Joy Sikorski Author. The only reason I bored you with that phrase, sans commas, so many times is this: it is part of my SEO and keyword strategy.

If you don’t know what that is, do yourself a favor. Do this.

Open another tab, copy/paste the phrase joy sikorski music, click enter and notice that out of over 92,600 hits on Google search for that phrase, every single hit on page one is dominated by a site of mine or a site that mentions me in that light. dominates the entire first page and most of the second page. Now I am working to do something similar with the word author after my name.

Self-promotion? Absolutely! Unless you know someone who wants to do it for me!

It took me a long time to get over myself enough to forage out into the realities of being an author and getting read. It takes a great deal of self-appraisal (horridly painful at times) to get over one’s self. One’s negative “I can’t do that because….” self, the self that actually sabotage’s your true self, the self that has a great deal to offer the world to make it a better place.

Start changing how you see yourself so that the world can see you better.

If you want help with all of this, leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to share some of things I learned as Joy Sikorski Author!

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