But the writing and editing, the recording and performing, are all meaningless without an audience. The reason a person writes is to get something out. Not out into the open air, but out into other peoples’ minds. Perhaps to change them. Perhaps to inform them. Perhaps to simply entertain them. Without the audience, without you, the writing becomes a self-centered exercise, regurgitating to one’s self the things one already knows.
So I have written, and I have recorded. I’ve gone through the steps to be published and self-publish. I do those things to reach out to an audience and to build one.
Part of that process is promotion. Honestly it is something I really do not enjoy doing. No matter how I slice it, there is a feeling that I am beating my own chest and shouting, “Look at me.” But it isn’t about me. It is about the story and how it affects you, the audience. I continue to write, with future books already well underway. But how can I know how to steer them without hearing from an audience, hearing from you? Ultimately it is all about you. I am the pencil, you are the drawing.
To help me with that promotion process, I am looking at a host of avenues. I’m doing a little advertising on social sites. I’m still looking for reviews. I definitely need those. They are a very important part of the wind that helps to steer future work, as well as guides in the promotion of the current work. I have recently employed a service, Ask David, which is helping with all that chest beating and shouting – taking some of that away from myself and focusing it more on the work. So far they are providing a great service at a very reasonable price. Here is a web page that is only a fraction of what they have done so far: On a Sphere’s Edge. If you wouldn’t mind leaving a review or comment there, or anywhere you see On a Sphere’s Edge, I would appreciate it. And if you have a book to promote, you should check out Ask David.
The process is continuous. I hope to soon have On a Sphere’s Edge available on Nook and Kobo, with hopes for a print version in the near future. All the while, a new book is being given life. Once it is born, I will have to dive into emoting promoting yet again.