Sunday, 15 January 2012

Belated New Year Post

My first blog post for the new year. All other posts this month have been from other sites. enjoyable sites of course. First off I'm glad to be alive another year and give thanks to God our saviour. Life is a precious gift and religious or not we all should respect and tresure it.

Also my novel Rachael Becoming Red will be delayed until February 20, 2012 the earliest. I had some issues with the state of the book and would like to write more and make changes. I am still happy that I decided to self publish some of my novels. While I have no animosity towards the traditional way, I do think some books need to be self published in order to get out into the world.

Traditional Publishers have to make money to survive, so they have to accept books for publication that achieve that purpose. Also authors have to give up a lot of power when going traditional. The perks are many of course, including having an experienced team getting your book noticed and hopefully purchased. I have novels that I'd gladly publish through that route. But RBR and the Red Series aren't among them. I wanted to write these novels the way I wanted and pair up characters as I saw fit. Some choices I made might not go well with traditional publishers. I mean who fainted at the end of Hunger Games Series when Katniss ended up with Peeta? I love the series but I want to be a little more surprise left field.

Plus I want to do more promotion in the way of propely setting up websites where visitors can communicate with me and be better informed about my work. My  Goodreads account has next to nothing about my book and I've just been using it to senter competitions and expand my reading list. And don't get me started on Facebook. But I am doing just fine on Twitter and my tweet on my novel being delayed was quickly retweeted. I know it takes a lot more than just marketing to be successful in indie publishing. There's also the fact that you need to be accessible to your potential fans and keep visitors to your site and pages abreast to how the novel is going as well keeping them interested in you personally. An interesting person will intrigue readers more than a boring one. Unless your book blows them away so much they forget who you are. I don't think that's what authors aim for. The blown away part itself though, that's what we want. A lot.

Writing will always be my true love. Those who know me know I love it and those who know and don't like it....not my problem in the grand scheme of things. My advice to everyone is to find something you love and go for it. You might not get famous or even noticed. But happiness and fun are about joy, not noteriety. And that's what I want first from writing, the joy of doing it. Everything else is just gravy.

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