Every time I create a post, Facebook asks: What’s on your mind? Here goes:
I am an indie author, ideally qualified for a Facebook platform because, well, I have a face and a book. In fact, I have ten books. When it comes to writing stories, I’m tenacious which is all very well, but here’s the rub…
I have trouble standing out in a crowd
The same way a character may be hidden-in-plain-sight within a ‘Where’s Waldo’ of red striped sweaters and black spectacles, a book title is easily overlooked in a library the size of the Amazon rainforest.
In short, there are too many books vying for the spotlight, and limelight isn’t what it used to be.
Given the literary population explosion, it’s tougher than ever to crow about one’s books with any certainty of being noticed. Still, Indie authors are compelled to give their books a fair hearing in an arena where the powers that be are spoiled for choice. More to the point, serendipity cruises the perimeters of super-hype to greenlight book projects.
After a flashbulb popped in my brain, it occurred to me that I should stop hiding in the tall grass of social networking and optimize the spotlight I already own (read: power up the search engines of my website.) It’s high time I made a stand. I can’t settle for being hidden in plain sight because success is due to living outside a box marked X.
Sometimes it takes a ton of books to fall on my head. It’s time to dust off my soapbox, give my books some white space, and wear a blue-striped shirt.
An author’s words are like breadcrumbs – not the easiest trail to follow on the forest floor of a jungle.
At this extraordinarily unstable time when humanity’s priority is survival, my thoughts turn to holding firm to rational self-publishing protocols during an unprecedented and somewhat insensitive blitz of book promotion.
There are too many books. What the world needs now, apart from love love love, is individual creativity. What there’s too little of is art art art. Meeting where X marks the spot where love and art collide may not be earth-shattering but it is life-affirming – because A BOOK CAN DIE. HUNDREDS OF BOOKS DIE EVERY DAY.
‘THE BIG 4’ of THINGS I REMEMBER ABOUT SELF-PROMOTION:
1) A human X factor is always the missing strand of dinosaur DNA that bridges the gap between anonymity and success.
2) It only takes one bee to start a buzz.
3) If I don’t blow my own horn, no-one else will.
And 4) Serendipity needs white space to spot a Waldo wearing a blue-striped shirt.
It will help my VISIBILITY immensely, if after your visit, you would leave your footprint. Any sign of human visitation will be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.
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