There are times, many times, that I feel like I know a great deal about writing, but not all that much about this marketing and branding business it seems I need to be bothering with. It goes against my nature. It’s like telling a cat to go swimming.
I started this, not only because writing is like second nature to me, but also for a bit of extra income. There was a time where I couldn’t even afford a bowl of soup to go with my sandwich when I was at work. I think a bit extra to pad the bank account wouldn’t be remiss.
I’ve also been hearing lately that book sales are slower in the summer. This is opposite my normal experience. Hasn’t anyone ever heard of a beach blanket read? I think a lot of my logic is working against me with this writing career I’m trying to make for myself. I’m starting to feel like I should just accept it if someone else says the sky is purple instead of blue.
For instance, I’ve been drilled that Facebook is a must-have for an author page. At the last moment, just before I launched my book, I made up a new author page so that I’d have a link to it in my book. I know, at the time, that it would be a waste of energy. Now, I read an article just today about how Facebook is a dead zone and a waste of energy better spent elsewhere, like the blog and other social media networks.
I have to admit, I’m liking Google+ a lot; they don’t go crazy if you have two profiles, I’ve joined a few communities and I’m enjoying the experience so far. I love Twitter as well. I like how effortless it is to just tweet a link to a good article, or retweet something one of the people I follow tweeted. I also like the hashtag system. Facebook was never about connecting with people you don’t know personally. Therefore, their attempts to make money are really more like intrusions.
So anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
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