Marketing, How I Loathe Thee

I have found that becoming an author is 15% writing, 30% procrastinating, 30% editing, and the rest is dedicating to getting the word out that you’re worth reading.

It’s not as easy as it sounds. 

I have recently created this blog (obviously), a Tumblr, a Twitter account (which I #suck #at #hashtags), and an authonomy account. So far, I have two Twitter followers and no one’s reading this yet and my Tumblr is exploding because Sherlock season three has started filming. But, as far as my name is concerned, I feel like I’m treading water or running on a treadmill and I’m not getting anywhere.

My sisters say I spend too much time on the internet, but after racking up posts and tweets and comments and recommendations and ending up with maybe one more person following me, it feels like I don’t spend nearly enough. And, when I do emerge from my apartment/dungeon, I cringe at this daylight that threatens to send me flailing back into the darkness and the comforting light of my laptop screen.

I know it’ll be worth it in the end. Right now, I just gotta keep hamster-wheeling it.


Published by Ren Martinez

Ren is a thirty-something Lost Boy whose personal aesthetic is “suspected of witchcraft by local villagers.” She subscribes to cheerful nihilism, the destruction of the patriarchy, and the belief that glitter makes everything better. She is a Richmond-based writer and performer who has fiction and non-fiction work found in a variety of publications, such as The Mary Sue, RVA Magazine, The Quotable, and Nostrovia Press. She is currently the fiction editor and a regular contributor at Quail Bell Magazine. She is also the co-host of the podcast, This F***ing Guy! Find out more at or read her dumbass tweets on Twitter @itsrenmartinez

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