Sunday, April 13, 2014

Greatness

Once upon a time, people were recognized -- and achieved some measure of greatness -- by their actions and deeds. The fame created by your greatness determined how well known you were.

These days that's not the case. The media has created greatness for people who have done nothing and do nothing worthy of that greatness, or who have been born into a famous family, or have won some made up "reality" show.

I suppose I'm showing my age here, but this sort of thing makes me sick. And it is not sour grapes. I do not aspire to greatness. But I am tried of hearing about this one or that one and find nothing worthy watching on cable because it is full of crap.

TV can enlighten and educate but only if we use that way, to paraphrase a famous journalist. We aren't doing that as much as we should and in an age hungry for information and content, we are inventing it where we shouldn't and ignoring real content that we shouldn't.

Keep writing everyone.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Showtime

This Tuesday, April 8, at 7pm, I and five other writers will be speaking at the Thomas Crane Library in Quincy MA about their works. It has been a long road to get here and I still have last-minute details to take care of. What I've discovered is that promoting one's work is a lot like selling cars which surprises me because car salesman is a job I would not want on a regular basis. Ironic.

On the other hand, I've networked and made connections like I would for any job and I even got to be interviewed by my local TV station, which is not something that happens to car salesmen. The video of the interview came out well and can be seen at http://www.qatv.org/videoclip/2014/ATL_April2014_LAP.

There are other differences too, I think, the main one being I have to go after readers; car salesmen do not. People walk into car showrooms. And since I will have to perform on Tuesday, I am busy preparing for the presentation I will give.

And now the commercial.

So please, if you are in the greater Boston area, consider coming and supporting local authors. We need your support because we are all one or two steps from winking out of business. And that's not hyperbole. It is only through our drive and force of will that we keep going. To maintain that drive a little support goes a long way. Without it there really is no point in continuing on. So please support local authors. Thanks.

End of commercial.

Keep writing everyone.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

I'm No Gauge

I've been watching how my stories on Smashwords are selling and have concluded next to nothing about my audience except that they like my work. I can't tell whether they are primarily male or female, what age group they are in, and what they really like except when they give a review.

One reason for this is that some reviews give contradictory information. For example, the one review I have on Gray's World is two stars yet it is my most popular story. And the comments I've gotten on the Reaper are all over the place ranging from, "Nice but an obivous ending" to "A good fairy tale".

To add to this confusion, stories that I think are great, don't some to do as well as stories that I like less. The Monster, for example, which I released this month, has already blown passed Telescopevision which I released last month. Personally, I think, Telescopevision is a better story. I like it more but my readers obviously don't.

Curiouser and curiouser.

Regardless, I'm planning continue to release one story a month for as long as I can. I've got three more in the queue so I should be good through June.

Keep writing everyone.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mark your Calendar, Please

With my TV interview complete (video will be ready in about two weeks), my focus now turns to promoting next month's event in other venues and media. I've sent email to several people and have post the event in the announcement area of several MeetUp groups I belong to. I also tweeted on this  subject yesterday. Once the video is out, I will follow up again.

But until that time I need to do the shameless plug here. So for those of you living in or near the Boston area, please mark your calendars for April 8 at 7 pm. At that time I and five other writers will talk about our work at the Thomas Crane Library in Quincy.

I don't think I need to say that authors who do not have name recognition or a large following need all the support they can get. The same is true of musicians, painters, sculptors, or anyone else promoting their art. I am amazing how quickly and easily work from relatively unknown artists can disappear in a heartbeat. It takes a lot of work and perseverance to keep going. And for that reason, these people need and deserve the support of the communities in which they live because without them, new ideas die, creativity is stifled, and life is a lot less interesting.

So I hope anyone reading this who is able to come to the event will do and support not only me but the other local authors who have agreed to come and speak.

Keep writing everyone.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Upcoming Interview

This coming Wednesday, I'll be going to my local access TV station for an interview. The purpose is to promote my novel, Aure the Topaz, and the upcoming event I'll be attending at my local library in April.

I have no idea what questions they'll be asking but I don't know that through the magic of television, mad responses can be edited and it possible to redo any bad answer.

Hopefully, that won't be necessary. But the option is there if it is needed.

I also released another story short the other day. So far I've got 49 downloads in about 36 hours. So it looks like I have some fans. In fact I got a tweet from someone saying exactly that. Always good to hear that.

I failed to write my requisite 6000 words for February so I'm behind on Book 5. I will attempt to make that up this month.

Keep writing everyone.