So on one of my email addresses, I have been receiving daily email offers on various author’s books. Not sure how I got on that email list, but anyway. Some authors I recognize as they are authors I’ve read, others of authors I’ve heard of, and authors who are new to me. While I read a lot, I cannot read them all.
As a writer myself, I’m beginning to wonder how I fit in. How do I find my audience? Am I any good? I don’t have unlimited funds to do the marketing needed to bring my books to the masses. I have to use my funds wisely and where I think I can do some business. I need to look at different kinds of marketing. Whew!
For a second or two there, I began to wonder if I should continue my writing. Then I realized, I can’t put my brain on hold. The stories are there and I’ll put them down on paper or some electronic medium. Some will read them. Some will like them. Some may even leave a review.
Contemporary Romance is my current genre. I have outlines for a children’s book, a mystery, sci-if, and I just might write a book about my family. I think I will be busy for a while.
” To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. ”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Just some thoughts to share. This last month all I’ve read in the papers, online, and watched on television, is about violence and sadness. As an observer of people, I’m not sure what to think any more. Are we all that unhappy that we need to resort to these acts of violence? I know we live in a 24/7/365 mentality and have info at our fingertips, but is it really more violence or do we just know more about everything, everywhere. Either way, it is a disturbing trend. I still don’t know what to think. I’ll try positive and happy. Maybe that will rub off on one or two, then four, then eight. You get the picture.
So here it is – June 30th.
I published all I wrote in the last year. I did more marketing. I created paper backs as well as ebooks. (That wasn’t one of the original goals, but what the hell!). The books are somewhat selling, so that’s good. Working on some new marketing. So, we’ll see where the next six months brings me.
I’m still writing. Always. I’ve decided I need to get things edited more quickly for myself. I tend to wait until I finish the story, but sometimes I forgot what I meant at the beginning of the story writing process.
Al in all, a pretty decent year to date.
It’s been a few says since I last posted. I was finishing an edit on a book and got that published on Amazon as a Kindle book. I literally got it finished at dinner time on Friday evening, and it went live somewhere about 1:30 AM based on the email I got from Amazon. By noon at least two people had read it based on KENP (pages read by KU readers). It’s been a week and that title or cover or story is selling well.
I’ve had four different books go out since the beginning of May.
- Loves Road Home, short story, approx 60 pages, couple walking down a dirt road on the cover.
- Love, French Toast, and Bacon, novella length, approx 120 pages, cute couple in a playful hug with some plate in hand on the cover.
- Kissed By Sunset, novella length, approx 120 pages, silouetted couple in the sunset on the cover.
- Love Forever Yours, book length, approx 225 pages, man, woman and child frolicking at the beach on the cover.
So, is a family on the cover what is selling the book? A single woman and a divorced man with a child. You know the drill. Eventually they get together.
I guess this is something to think about. Maybe more family oriented stories are the way to go.
Write because you can. The how and when is up to you.
Because I am a part time writer, I always have a pen and paper close by. Usually my phone or iPad with me. If I get inspired, I write myself notes of I just put the ideas down. I like writing longhand. The ideas flow free and I write better than I type. I don’t worry about format, punctuation, or spelling. I then transcribe on my laptop and do my first edit. So, my laptop is now being repaired or debugged, I’m not sure which, and I’m unable to do the edits I was working for my latest book I wanted to get out. Sigh! I have self imposed deadlines. So much for those. I picked up my pen and started working on the third new story I’ve begun in the last month. It’s not bad. The words are flying from my fingertips. I have no idea where the story is going yet. I’ll let it developed as I go along. Editing out. Writing in. Not a bad trade off.