Thursday, August 16, 2012
A New Journey: The Journal of an Invisible Writer Entry 1
The more I read about the effective marketing of books, the more I come to the conclusion that we are seeing causation where there is correlation Often, we hear the notion of social media as being a panacea or a fast-track for selling paperback copies and digital copies of your novel. As writers, I think it is time we face the facts: being an indie writer is no different than being a traditionally published writer in the sense that you can only sell books when you treat other people like human beings and talk to them like human beings.
I am as a guilty as the next writer of succumbing to social media schizophrenia, quickly becoming a faceless link-and-blog monster who does little more than tout interviews with authors I have on my blog, or to let people know other relevant (or perhaps irrelevant) information about the publishing world. As I sit on the precipice of working in a more traditional publishing position as an editor at a magazine and then being an indie author when I self-publish my own novels, I find that time is the enemy.
I would love to believe that someday my novels will be more visible, but the reality is that it won't magically happen. I need to take steps to make my novel more visible. It would be wonderful if everyone I knew picked up one (or many) of my novels and then told someone else about the books, or perhaps bought the books as a gift for someone else. I would even settle for everyone just talking about them, as it would be more visible, but that is an undertaking that I need to lead.
I cannot expect others to do it for me.
Enough of that pontification.
I have decided that I am going to treat the blog as a multi-pronged platform.
I recently started training for an Ironman event, which is to say I am prepping for a qualifier two, or possibly three, years out. The summer off from graduate school has been helpful in really getting in the mindset for an event. I recently completed a sprint triathlon, which consists of, on average, 820 yards of swimming, 12 miles of cycling, and 3 miles of running.
I was able to finish it under two hours and with no difficulty. Building exercise programs has always been a small passion of mine, and I will often help others create programs to meet goals. Training for such a rigorous event is proving to be a very enjoyable experience: both physically (in pushing myself) and intellectually (creating and altering programs based on day-to-day changes).
School is about to start, which is always fascinating.
I only have one more theory class in my Master's program, an advanced developmental class, and then I just have to finish my thesis. I have been scoping PhD programs and have narrowed it down to around ten, most of which are West Coast schools.
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