It’s an interesting time to be a writer. Thanks to e-books and the Internet, writers can reach potential readers through numerous channels without the blessing of traditional publishers. Unfortunately, those channels are extremely noisy, in part because they’re so easy to access. How can a writer without brand-name recognition get a signal through to someone who might be interested in receiving it?
This blog site is my attempt to answer that question. I’m making a serious effort to promote my writing and see where it gets me.
Step one is to write something. I’ve done that. In fact, I’ve got several projects in the works. First is Fei The Hero, a martial-arts fantasy novella that I published as an e-book. Second is Wasteland Blues, a post-apocalyptic novel I co-wrote with Scott Christian Carr. Wasteland Blues will be published in March by Raw Dog Screaming Press, a small publisher that specializes in dark, deviant fiction. Third is The Well of Atlantis, a historical fiction/thriller. I have a working draft of this novel with which I’m storming the walls of traditional publishing. So far, that’s meant lots of unsolicited pitches to agents and publishers. Alas, the walls still stand.
Step two is to set up my own megaphones and start shouting. I’m starting with the usual suspects: a personal blog, a Twitter account and a Facebook page. I hope that each outlet will bolster the others. I realize I’m adding to the noise in the channels, and I may only get static for my efforts, but no one will hear me if I don’t say anything.
Step three is to cultivate a community. I aim to reach out to other writers who are searching for readers so we can share tips, offer support and consolation, and maybe do some cross-promotion. Readers are also welcome! I’d love to get your feedback on the blogs here and my writing. If you’re interested in linking up, please use the comments section below or send a note via Twitter.
Step four is to feed the beast. I need to post regularly. This may be the most difficult step. I have a full-time job and a family to attend to, and I’ve already carved out a chunk of my limited available time for fiction-writing. I anticipate that promotion/cultivation/noise-making will happen when I would otherwise be asleep. That’s fine–the world is full of caffeine.
To feed the beast, I also have to have something to say. I hope to fill this blog with interviews, book reviews, excerpts of my own work, updates from my adventures in publishing, and the occasional screed about the dystopian surveillance society now being constructed around us.
Now it’s time to make some noise. Let’s hope someone’s listening.