So let's be clear from the start, Dear Reader (sorry, Stephen King), I'm no blogger. Let's face it, the stress and rigor of writing a first book, let alone getting it ready for publication and promoting it doesn't leave much time for daily (or even weekly blogging), but like so much of this, I figured 'why the hell not?"
So why do this now?
It's simple: this is my interview with all of you.
I don't have a degree in marketing. I don't know much more about it other than what's intuitive to me, or the information that an exhaustive Google search can produce. I don't like to think of myself as a marketer any more than I'd classify myself a 'blogger' because I'm writing these words. Nor do I think of informing people about my book as 'self-promotion.' Instead, I like to think of myself as a conveyer of ideas - both in my books and in the description of my books -and it's those ideas that I hope will connect with my readers. This whole process is a wonderfully strange form of job interview, and you, my readers, are on the hiring committee.
I'm a reader first and a writer second - so, the author pitch of 'I have the most brilliant idea ever, you have to buy my stuff' falls flat for me as a reader. Instead, I prefer authors with humility, grace, and confidence in their book's ability to speak for itself, and those who allow their success or failure to be the decision of their readers. So, in that spirit, that's the type of author I want to be. This blog is just to help that process along.
And that, in brief, is why you're reading this now - man, I hope someone is actually reading this, otherwise my whole job interview metaphor is dying a slow and painful death :-)
But to be serious, in the following days and weeks leading up to the November 1st release of my first contemporary romance novel, Impressions of You, I'll be blogging on different aspects of the book. I have no illusions of taking the 'blogosphere' (damn we need a new word) by storm. Instead I have a more modest goal - to enter into a dialogue with you, my potential reader, on all things related to the book: my writing process, my inspirations, my challenges, and other topics of interest.
When I was a kid, self-publishing was the realm of literary outcasts – those not deemed good enough to be accepted by traditional publishers (then just called ‘publishers’) – I’m only 35, but in my life I’ve seen the world of art – whether writing, podcasting, or making music – become democratized. We the artists don’t need to wait around to be accepted by guys in suits looking to move product. And you the audience are exposed to an even more open marketplace of ideas. Win-Win. I'm proud to soon call myself a published author, and part of the fun of this thing is connecting with you, the readers.
Not so bad for my first blog - let the interview begin, ask me anything.