This blog is approaching its sixth anniversary, and as I look back at the sad number of post that have accumulated here, I see for certain that I have no idea what I'm doing . . . at least blog wise.
reason I started this blog six years ago was that I had a novel that I
wanted to shop around, and like so many authors out there, I was deluged
with advice on how to land a top agent. I was told that I needed to
sell several short stories to the top magazines to prove my writing
ability and that if I wanted to land an agent I needed to have a
following already established. Blogging was the way to go to accomplish
And I swallowed it hook line and sinker.
in early 2011 I decided to give up my exhausting search for an agent
and self publish. I'm not bad mouthing the traditional path. It's fine
if that's your choice. It was just no longer the right choice for me.
I'll go into those reasons some other time.
It's been a
little over a year since I published my novel Guarding the Healer. You
hear all these stories about self published writers skyrocketing to
thousands of sales a month within the first year of going indie. I am
not one of those writers.
My sales are lackluster and
the income my writing brings in monthly isn't even enough to buy my
family a single meal. Did I make a mistake self publishing?
In a word . . . no.
Don't get me wrong, I've made plenty of mistakes, but self publishing isn't one.
think one of the major places I've messed up in self publishing is that
I'm reaching out to the wrong people. I joined Kindle Boards, found
several writing groups on Facebook, most of my Twitter followers are
Now, while I do love hanging out
(virtually or in real life) with other writers, they are not my key
demographic. I write fiction. Mostly dark paranormal fiction. Writers
are great readers, there's no doubt about that, but they have their own
works and agendas. I can't read all of their work and they certainly
don't have the time to read mine.
The people I need to
reach are readers. Plain ol' don't-write-squat, everyday average
Joe/Joanna Reader. If you look at it from a business standpoint they
are known as the fat part of the bell curve.
Have I figured out how to reach readers yet?
No. But I have some ideas.
First of all, I'm going to change this blog up a bit. But I'll tell you more about that next time.