I put my completed piece of literature up for sale on Monday via Amazon. I'm really excited to have gone through the entire self-publication process from start to finish. For the longest time I just needed a finished work to do it with. Now, I have my sights set on writing a full-length novel. Well, more accurately, I have my sights set on completing some of the novels that I have begun. I think I was finally able to complete this novelette simply because it was such a short work. But actually sitting down and pushing through to the end of 40,000 (+) words...whew! Well, I'm determined to try, anyway.
Once people (hopefully) start reading and reviewing my work, I'll probably get a better idea of what kind of writer the public views me as, versus what I think I'm putting down on paper. I'm really eager to get that sort of feedback.
Tomorrow, I plan to bombard various libraries and bookstores with cards and posters I created, complete with a QR code and the first chapter of the novelette so that they can try before they buy. I'm curious to see how well that method is going to work out. At the same time, I guess I would really have no way of knowing if they found out about me from a web search, versus a poster, versus an affiliation with one of the sites I belong to, versus one of my cards, and so on. Then again I guess if I go from 0 sales as of today up to 20 sales as of tomorrow night, I’ll probably blame it on the paper-and-ink marketing strategy. But I’m open to any marketing suggestions anyone has to offer.
In other news:
I just started notebooking (yes, I know that’s not in the dictionary) a novel character who is a…wait for it…social worker. I know, you’re thinking, Really? A social worker? Can you get any more boring? But I’ve actually got some decent ideas that can make it work. However, this project literally just got started a couple of days ago, so it’s got a long way to go, but I just thought I’d put it out there.
But I do have another project that I’m working on. It has to do with a group of schizophrenics and beings from another dimension having to save the world from invasion. If it’s going to end up being novel length, I’m probably about an eighth of the way to completion. Bogus.
Just Finished: Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins; 2010)
Currently Reading: Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe; 1852)