Monday, December 31, 2012

Starting up 2013

To all my writer friends around the world, thank you. Your tweets, emails, blog and FB comments keep me motivated to move forward.

This is a writers blog and it's been great to post my journey so far. What does 2013 bring? I don't have a clue as usual. But I want to find out. I want to continue writing, making new friends and keeping up with old friends.

Thanks and I wish you all a great 2013.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Winding down 2012

This year was amazing for me as a fledgling ePub author! I dove into the deep-end of the eBook/ePub pool and I didn't drown ;-)

I wrote and published 2 books, 'Genome' and 'Arlo and Jake Enlist' (book one of the series). And I joined a great group of short-story writers, managing to get 2 stories published, one for Halloween and one for Christmas.

You can check the links for all my books on the right of this blog. I'm publishing on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and for 'Genome' on Smashwords.

I made some great new friends on Twitter and through writer's blogs. The short story group opened my eyes to another great way to write and get a readership. I have ton's of material that, I believe now, is better suited to the short story arena than as novellas. And it's a fun challenge to make a good story plot work in fewer than 20,000 words.

One of the most important things to happen in 2012 was that I decided not to quit writing. I was experiencing the 'why am I working so hard for so little return' syndrome known to writers as 'Dang It!'. It hurt to realize that I'm not a quick success story; that my books won't sell 10,000 books in 6 months or that I can't even get my books to show up near the top of the eBook lists on Amazon or B&N.

But it's OK now. I really enjoy writing. I've finally climbed up that first rung of the ladder and from this perilous height I can look down and see just how far I've come. Mostly I'm just too stubborn to give up. Same thing.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to 2013. Time to make some plans and targets. Next blog. Watching some football now. Time for a little relaxation.

Be good. Enjoy your accomplishments.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Being tenacious works!

Writing constantly. Marketing constantly. Making new friends and contacts. Diving into the short story pool feet first. Grazing around the blogging pastures for other viewpoints.

It's all really helping me. I'm getting better, and frankly I'm happier about playing in this weird writing world.

What it boils down to is tenacity. I refuse to quit. I WILL do this. I will learn how to write really good stories and get them on the market.

I have two books now. 'Genome' the novel (Amazon and Barnes and Noble  ) and the first book in a SciFi spoof series 'Arlo and Jake' ( Amazon and Barnes and Noble ). I also have published two short stories through the  Seasonal Short Stories group , one for Halloween and one for Christmas.

None of these stories would have seen the light of day if I had not went into full cussed-stubborn mode. What I lack in talent and speed I have to make up for in tenacity. Like it or not I have to sit every night and write, market, socialize or search for new ideas.

Enjoy your writing. Savor the 'ah-ha' moments. Laugh at your cleverness. Be happy when it's going well. When it's not going well; just keep pluggin away. Make it as 'necessary' as breathing. You need to work on it today, tomorrow, always. Don't stop trying.

Be cool. Be happy. Be tenacious.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Marketing update...

Points:
  1. This blog is getting some traction. I need to post more often to better serve my readers, but people seem to enjoy my posts. And I'm getting some followers and comments.
  2. I have over 1500 twitter followers. Most of my twitter-mates are indie writers. I'm using twitter to mostly connect with other indie writers because I have tons to learn and a few ounces to share.
  3. BUT. #2 has given me a couple of sales.
  4. AND #2 has allowed me to talk to some wonderful people who are also reviewers and agents. No. No one has offered to be my agent, but I've talked to a couple. Amazingly, they are pretty cool people, not the ogres I was led to expect. They have a life just like you and me. Imagine!
  5. I update FaceBook when something interesting happens. That earns me some warm fuzzies and a couple of friends/family may end up telling the right people about my books. Whoo Hoo if that happens. But it is fun to share life's little bright spots with others.
  6. A few people at work have read 'Genome' now and I've gotten some positive feedback. Better than I expected. Hey, 'Genome' was my first book so my expectations were really low ;-) Again, I'm hoping that a few well placed 'you should read this, it's not terrible' to their friends will spread the word.
So:
  1. I've still got a bazillion things to learn about marketing and I'm not that happy to realize this. I want to write, not market. Sigh.
  2. But, I have to.
  3. I'll just keep doing the part I like; writing. I'll spend as much time as I can doing the crappy, boring part; marketing.
  4. I'm not special and I'm never going to be an instant success. Too late; 'instant' was years ago.
  5. That's OK. I still get to write ;-)
Go; enjoy writing. Go; do your marketing. Just do it!