Social media can be great to get the word out about stuff and to connect with others. Before this Internet thing, reconnecting with old friends, classmates, or new people was more difficult. Now we have Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and tons of other services under the sun where can communicate with others (I take that back, I really don’t want to read about every second of your life spelled out in painful detail on FB or Twitter). The new methods of communicating have also made it easier to build a base and get your name out to the world.
I find myself in that position now. In Memoriam, my debut novella, is in the editing process now and with a fall release in mind I have to do some things that really are different for me. Like most authors out there now, I have the Facebook fan page, the Twitter account, the Amazon author page, and the blog (please like them all or follow them all!!!!!!!!!!). My job now is to go forth and grow my brand and name so when the book drops, I won’t hear crickets. This is hard for me, because I’m really a quiet introverted kind of person. I’d rather be home alone instead of in a big crowd. I’m social when I have to be, but before I backed away from attention. I’ve always had a circle of friends, but it never extended out very far. I can talk to people at anytime, but it’s not my first choice.
All this is changing however. I’m in the process of building up the different avenues of me there are to follow and connect with. The experiences I’ve had so far have been really good and I’ve started to come out of my shell a tad. Pimping myself still makes me a little uncomfortable, but I’m taking it in stride (like I’m not going to be the pimp following you down the street trying to sell you a girl or some weed for five blocks straight). I’m a new writer, I’ve only been doing it for two years now. I’m learning how to make all this I’ve created work for me to connect to new people, fans, and fellow authors so I can be the best I can be.
Well, I’ve had my say for the evening. Right now there are two shorts, a new novella, novella edits, and the novel to work on. Oh, one last thing…if you want to see a movie that is schizophrenic, go see Snow White and the Huntsman. It wants to be two different movies, but comes up short because of it’s lack of identity. They really had some good stuff, but failed to do anything with it. It is dark, the costumes and acting were superb, (except the girl from the sparkling vampire movies…she couldn’t act if her life depended on it) but when it tries to be a great retelling of the story or a teen flick (only because of the vampire franchise chick who can’t act) it fails. Overall, it is watchable, but wait till it hits a discount theater or rent it.
2 thoughts on “Finding My Way in a Strange New World”
Looking forward to reading your stuff. And yeah, know what you mean. The social media stuff can be overwhelming. However, whatever avenue one uses for publication, it’s going to be a part of it at this point.
As far as Snow White and The Huntsman goes, I was pretty suspicious from the get go (and now I know why, lol).
Keep up the good work!
Yeah, it’s my turn in Armand’s bootcamp! So far I can’t complain about the results. When you get the advance copy to blurb, I hope you like it.