Currently I feel as though I am undergoing a type of experiment. I’ve rejoined the dating world (my God what mistake have I re-made now?), but I have already found it to be enlightening. Also, a terrible reminder to how quickly people are willing to take your money for apps/dating sites. I be cheap folks, I’m not paying any fees :|.
That truth aside it has made me consider a different perspective of writing and publishing. Odds are there are other writers, if not all, who will be shaking their heads at me saying, “Little slow up on the uptake, eh Mikayla?” Still…I will share this interesting view-point, maybe someone, somewhere, somehow will benefit?
We are inundated with technology on every front. Oversharing-what’s privacy? I know details of what some people have had for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, that their significant other is cheating on them-or the other way around. I have witnessed individuals and couples who plaster their social media to make their relationships look ab-solute-ly perfect, only to hear that beneath those pretty facades they are cannibalistic in nature. Every-One has a cause they are championing in some form or fashion-though I will say this is not bad, it makes it difficult to be connected World-Wide and unable to help in every cause. Guilt, shaming, those silent cries for help have runneth over the cup-peths. So here is what I get to: with this diuretic flow of information comes the removal of barriers. Some I would say are wonderful to break down, other’s need to be rebuilt faster than the pace of hackers getting into celeb’s Clouds.
The barrier to becoming a published author is one that I was more than happy to climb up, stand atop, shout at the top of my lungs this major victory, then go tumbling down the other side. I’m pretty sure I have hit every jutting block, brick, and felt the grit of the grout on my way. The biggest block I have hit has been the best way to get my book “out there”, which feels like nothing short of selling my body or soul. I have this blog-I’ve read these are useless, but honestly, it’s therapeutic for me-I have the Twitter (hahahaha Yeah I can’t help myself from saying it that way!), FaceBook, GoodReads, my book is published through Amazon, CreateSpace,SmashWords and can be found on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple/iCloud, Garnders, etc. I’m running ad campaigns and doing Giveaways. It’s frustrating mostly because…I have no patience. I’ll be honestly, I want success NOW, because I want to write for a living from home. I want to spend More Time with my kids-which I barely get now as it is. I want to share these incredible stories with the World of Readers who are interested.
If a movie deal comes out of it, who am I to complain? Seriously, that’s not all bad…
For all the media utilization, the different marketing strategies I have tried, I would say I’m glad I have done the free paperback giveaways and will Definitely do another (Hint, Hint! Looking at the month of October *wink*), I’m still uncertain the value the Amazon advertisements have provided (Feeling like none based on sales…), and must work harder to build a “beta readers list”…though…yeah, even that is an interesting adventure. Never use Facebook advertisement-I used it for a very short amount of time, but I gathered it was as I had heard: people being paid to click as FB charges per click. *Shrug* Almost made me entirely against using Amazon’s, but that’s still in trial period and proving somewhat otherwise.
Well, this has been one long blog. I think it’s time to get to work!