The business of writing is more fun than the writing business. It is exciting to develop a character and have them come to life on the page. It is a thrill to hear someone read your story and share it in their own way. That is what motivates me to do the needful marketing things that make you wonder if you are being a pest to those that already know you. It is that hope that someone out there in the great unknown of the internet or maybe even someone you think you know shares your passion for storytelling, life or fantasy.
One of my friends is a talented voiceover actor that no one knew about. He bought the first copy of Solomon Love, “Where the Moss Grows.” And voiced the title poem I wrote. I added a little video to go with it on my iPhone. It moved me like the Muddy Waters song.
Michael Aguilera nailed it in my “book” so take a listen to the audio from this video when you get a chance. I created a poem for my main character that is the title of the first book.
Another reader told me she was ready for the movie. She gushed about who could play certain characters and invoked the thought of hiring cosplayers for book signings and parties. I got a friend that says if it is good he may try to make a movie out of it. The thought of seeing my characters become real almost made me cry. This is serious.
All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney
I know that today you can get attention from almost anyone if you prove you have a community. I created the kennblanchard.com to showcase the two books in the series and to announce the third. I create a fan page on the Facebook to do the same. I dragged a few of my friends onto it in hopes they would at least prime the pump, with book sales and share their influence but it has been slow.
I created a Kickstarter project which is way over the top at this point but I am in beast mode.
I’m trying kick starter to crowd fund the editing for “love never dies” book.
The process to start was fairly simple. you had to have a compelling title photos videos and stories and of course he had have a funding source.
And although I have the best friends in the world Fox will be following me for 20 years online I don’t understand why stranger would want to help me.
And so this is an experiment of kickstart it because it was not 100% funded you don’t get any of the money is going to save and paint at the
The tee shirts I designed are ready and the logo is looking fierce.
John Wooden said it best,
“never want to confuse activity with accomplishment.”
I’m busy but I ain’t there yet.
Sometimes all you need is encouragement. I got a nudge to do what makes me happier and that is writing. I’ve done a lot of things in my life and would like to add being a successful fiction writer to my list. It’s not easy doing this solo. Like the song, “I get a little help from my friends.”
Do you think writing is hard?
What is really harder is selling what you have labored over. You have share value to others enough that they will buy a copy of said writings. Selling is the transfer of trust. Marketing almost takes the joy out of creating for me.
Do you feel like that too?
I have good news. It is easier selling to friends. It is easier to put your “baby,” warts and all in front of people who already trust and know you. The technical phrase is you have to leverage your existing network.
Do you have a small network?
We all started somewhere. Even if all your physical friends don’t “follow” you on social media, I found something that helps. There is definitely a demographic that is not active online. You have to learn that. There are plenty to people that are still “you’re kinda people,” in the social media using, group. To find them on Instagram(IG) one of the more popular platforms out there, I use a service from Social Network Elite. They helped me almost triple my number of followers on my IG account. Shoutout to Social Network Elite for helping me grow my Instagram.
Life is for the living. Live.
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