Friday, July 6, 2007

Will all the hard work pay off?

With help from friends such as Chris Stevenson and Bob Andelman, I have been doing my best to create online interest for my fantasy series. This involves spending a lot of time doing interviews, posting on writers sites such as AW, blogging, and otherwise spreading the word as many ways as humanly (or maybe I should say, computer-ly) possible. Any of you who has done the same knows what I'm talking about. For the most part it's fun and you meet a lot of intelligent people, but it is very time consuming -- as in, the more you do it, the less you write.

Unless you've signed with a major publisher that has its own built-in mega-marketing machine, self-promoting is an integral part of the game. But the writer walks a fine line between building interest and becoming annoying. I'm doing my best to stay away from the annoying part, but I doubt I've been entirely successful. If I've already turned anyone off, I apologize.

What will be the end result of all this? I'll begin to find out in September when Book One makes its debut. Until then, I can only hope for the best -- and continue to work my ass off.


Crabby McSlacker said...

Good luck!

I am quite a believer in shameless self-promotion myself. Hope the hard work indeed pays off!

Jim Melvin said...

For you too!

For all of us!

Allie Boniface said...

Oh, gosh, I don't think one can do enough self-promoting. And for what it's worth, as far as I've seen, you aren't in the least bit annoying :)

Jim Melvin said...

That's very nice of you to say. Thanks so much!


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