I have four books published and am in the process of trying creative marketing techniques to bring them to readers across the country. I have several more ready to publish and am hoping to develop an audience. I live in the woods with my wife, Smedly, and the poison ivy, mosquitos, and nine months of frozen tundra.
The thing about writing books is that you gotta sell them. If I was famous I could get a million dollar advance and appear on Letterman & Oprah, but, I live in the real world. I made a commitment with my latest book to get involved in some intense marketing, and it is overwhelming. And expensive. I'm a writer and what I want to do is write. The business end takes the romance away from the 'being creative' element. This is a business, and whether I'm selling furnaces or books, it takes a tremendous effort to get the product to the buyer. I made the commitment and I'm going to be tenacious about it.
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I visited your site and am impressed. Its very well done. I put mine together with GoDaddy & its rather generic, but I get a lot of hits. That and my monthly newsletter keep me posted. Then, we have blogs. I just launched my 4th book and have zip time for blogs, or anything else. But, its all a part of what I'm trying to accomplish, so I worm my way through. Writing is a passion for me- theraputic almost. Its cheaper than a psychiatrist. Writing is what I do; but writing is useless unless it gets promoted and put into the hands of readers. I don't look to bookstores to be a volume sales outlet. There are thousands of books trying to do the same thing on the same shelf. All by more famous than myself. So, until that magic moment of stellar fame hits me, I spend my time at events, coffee shops, fairs, etc. selling my babies to avid readers. Its interesting to watch people at these events. They are divided into two groups: Readers & Non-Readers. I find that people with a zeal to read are far more interesting to talk to. I don't know how much time I can find to spend on a blog, but its interesting to meet others with the same passion. See Ya!
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