I recently started a little campaign that I use almost exclusively on Twitter. For my own purposes, I call it “Glimpses into the Author.” I got tired of tweeting, “Get the book!” or “Get the audio book”; those flat out sales pitches. It is something you have to do, but man do I hate it. I hate reading them from others, and I hate doing it myself. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
I was talking about this with my daughter. She suggested that what people want is to hear something personal. I can’t argue with that. But how to do it? I blog regularly. I think it is safe to say my blog is about as personal as blog’s get, with the possible exception of erotic blogs anyway. There are bio’s about me all over the place, on Amazon, Audible, iTunes, Kobo, Nook, Google+, Facebook, Pinterest, and even a small one on Twitter itself.
So the question became, how do I say something personal outside of my blog? How do I say something personal and that can fit within a Tweet? And more importantly, what in the heck should I say?
I decided to collect some little ideas; personal insights. Some are not even my own words – I always credit the author. A collection of short statements that say something about who I am and what I think, with the idea that someone might say, “Hey, I need to know more about this old man”, which may lead them to my blog and/or my book.
I started a few weeks ago. My Twitter account is @SifuKeithMosher by the way. Because the idea was focused on Twitter, I haven’t duplicated them on my blog. But now I’m thinking, what the heck, might as well.
So far I’ve put up these Glimpses into the Author. These are not related to each other, so do not make any undo associations other than that they are statements I have Tweeted. That is to say, the second one bears no reflection on the first one. Each stands alone.
L. Frank Baum (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) was an Indie Author and Publisher!
The Plot – $1.00. How it’s written – Priceless!
“And yet there should be no combination of events for which the wit of man cannot conceive an explanation.” Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Valley of Fear
As to the first one, believe it or not The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was originally published by L. Frank Baum himself. He couldn’t get any publishers interested, so he bought a small press and printed it himself. Eventually a publisher realized he was printing gold, and made him an offer. So, 100 years before the term “Indie Author” or its hashtag (#IndieAuthor) ever existed, L. Frank Baum was one, and I am sure many of the greats are in the same category. It’s a nice crowd to hang with.
The other two speak for themselves, I think.
In the future I may make single line posts on the blog of those items I have Tweeted out as a Glimpse into the Author.