Do I have a choice?
From what I can see, authors have to promote all the time. But it does take a toll on your writing.
Just this past week, historical romance superstar Loretta Chase left the Word Wenches blog so she could have more time for writing. As sorry as I am to see her go, I understand her dilemma. Although she is a wildly popular author, she has to keep writing books people want to buy. Good writing takes time. Writing blog entries can suck up a lot of that time, and you're not getting paid for it.
Lest we forget, the purpose of a writer's blog is to sell books. In my August 10, 2008 post I talked about how saturated the web is with blogs. They may not be as effective now as they once were, and an author could hurt herself if she lets her book suffer because she spends her time blogging.
But I'm a newbie, and I have to learn about promotion. Six months ago I knew next to nothing about it. Then I had this blog, but hadn't yet written a post. I didn't have a website, or know what myspace was, or how to upload a picture. I still have to work on the pictures, but I'm a whole lot farther than I was.
I'm trying. I certainly hope some of this stuff works.
Thank you all,