As a writer/person, I don’t have much trouble sitting down and “finishing a piece of work”, most of the time. However, I have to admit that I can pro-cras-ti-nate a little more on the business/marketing side of things, especially now that I have to do most of that myself, since I am self-published.
There’s a whole horde of things I wish to blog about…I’m getting confused whether I should post it here, or on the EyeLeash blog/book/website.
Another thing that’s “stopping me”, somewhat, is the actual tone I’d like to take with the blog posts. Being too polite might result in a tone which sounds bland. Which is the last thing I want.
However, I can get rather explosive if I do decide to go on an all-out rant about, oh, just about anything that gets on my nerves (particularly when it involves things that get in the way of me achieving my goals!)…sooooooooo…I’m still wondering how much to actually say, and how to go about it.
There are so many author blogs — how does one stand out?
There’s also the “stigma” of being self-published — which I’ve read somewhere (several places, in fact) that is “akin to the kiss of death” to “legitimate publishers”. Well, I suppose so (in another sense…), because if everyone did self-publish, there’d be no need for “legitimate publishers”, right?
Cliff Burns, who wrote this most awesome article on “Writing 101”, mentioned (in an email reply) something about using the new technologies available to get one’s work out there. Yeah, that’s the beauty of the Internet age. Those who have had/do have work published by major publishers may (secretly, or not) scoff at those who have been/are self-published — but as with all things, I believe that a label is just that: a label. What matters at the end of the day is the quality of a product (the actual book, in my case as an author) — not the method it was published, how long it took to be published, who in the industry had to say what about it (though of course, those make for highly interesting anecdotes I could not get anywhere else).
Perhaps I am fortunate to have some design skills too — so coming up with a decent-looking cover + book trailer for my debut novel wasn’t an impossibility. Actually, it was something I enjoyed tremendously — overseeing the entire production myself.
Ok, so I guess this was just a “starter post” — I haven’t been blogging much here, because I tend to favor writing > blogging (I feel it’s more productive / kind of ironic too, since my debut novel *is* a “blog novel”).
But now that I *am* published, the next step is to get my name/work out there…to locate my audience, to EXIST and be “known”…yeah³, so I have the whole “courage, originality, persistence, (and) vision” thing that drives a person toward eventual success (I’m ever hopeful/optimistic, and working towards it).