Launching an indie book can be a daunting endeavor. An author has so many options for marketing activities that it’s practically impossible to do all of them. Author Jenny Blake tried. But all that work took a toll.
“I crashed three weeks before the book came out,” she said.
So for her second book, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One, she took a different strategy. “My mantra now is ‘Let it be easy, let it be fun.’”
Doing It All Led to Burnout
In the months before the launch of Blake’s first book, a career guide titled Life After College, she took a sabbatical from her job at Google and dove in full force, spreading the word to her target audience.
“I did everything and burned myself out,” she said.
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