When it comes to the Internet, Marketing, and Social Media, I confess I just can’t keep up. Facebook, Forums, fan-clubs, other authors’ sites, cross-linking, reblogging all take time and energy… and there’s only so much of them in a day.
Even more, I’m not sure I want to keep up. I’d hate to end up one of those people who thinks they have to fill every empty space with their opinion. Or view everyone I meet through the lens of my agenda.
I know I need to market and advertise. There are internet friends I actually like and want to be connected to, but day-to-day is always in my face and there is stuff to do, constantly. So I have to prioritize. Discriminate. More to the point here, writing is work, and learning to do it well is a lifetime endeavor. My question to myself is – which is it going to be?
Some dead white guy ( I think it was an American President, in fact) once said “Take your work seriously, not yourself” and it has always resonated with me. I’ve always wanted my glass work and my stories to stand on their own. You don’t need to know me to appreciate them; they’re a product, sure, but they’re separate entities. (arguable point, but that’s the way I see it)
That Tortoise and Hare fable is another reference for me. (a disabled guy) I realized long ago I’ll never letter on the Varsity team or throw down suave smooth and sexy out on the dance floor. Hell, stairs are a challenge. Instead, I’ve got to focus on what I can do – not what I can’t. At the end of the day, if I have to choose between the frenzied pace of Internet Marketing or the long-haul, labor-intensive task of writing, I’ll choose writing.
After all, my work will be here after I’m gone.
Wherein I’m on the receiving end of justifiable criticism…
Latest “Running Black” Review addresses the exact questions I raised in an earlier post in Amazon Ratings and Reviews.
In my defense, I’m fully aware I’m not William Gibson and my debut novel isn’t going to win the Hugo, Nebula and PKD. Not in a million years. Neither would I assert the Eshu International world is a credible extrapolation of Middle Eastern politics or corporate hegemony. Any more than “Live Free or Die Hard” was a realistic depiction of a cyberattack on American infrastructure or “The 300” caught the historical reality of Thermopylae. But Mr. Durkey is well read with broader, higher points of reference, and the fact is my work doesn’t attain to elite levels. End of the day, I’m fine with Three Stars and ‘well-written’, ‘solid action, good airport book.’
Thank you Mr. Durkey, for taking the time to read and review my book.
Any indie spec-fiction authors interested in swapping reads/reviews? I’d like to boost my review numbers at Amazon and GoodReads, and I’m sure others would too
I mean a one-for-one swap: I’ll read your novella/novel, (50 – 100K) in a specific time frame, then post a short, honest review at Amazon, on my Blog, and GR.
I don’t want a typical ‘shill and gush’. Participants have to agree to a definite deadline, be willing to face constructive criticism, and genuinely honor the agreement. At the end of the day, I’m more than happy to read a good story and promote solid work. And I believe one of the main ways indie authors can all benefit is to support and encourage one another with honest, quality writing.
Considering my schedule, I can do 4-6 titles (depending on size) by the beginning of October.
Again, only Spec-Fiction at this time, please.