I don’t have the consistency to talk intelligently week after week mostly because my life isn’t interesting enough to be oozing with events worthy of global attention. Neither am I particularly inclined toward the idea of writing a two liner every week the blog post is due – “Today I had milk for
breakfast and sunshine. Will try to write more after a few more cups of tea. The
However, the naked truth of it all is that like
all jobs, writing too gets tiring and boring at times. It too begins to take its toll on the writer like all other real jobs simply because it is a real job. It then feels good to have a day off from work. A week after that and a month after that and the prospect of a never ending vacation are all very rosy. But only until that too becomes tedious and starts to smell like an out-of-job situation. Then, it’s time to get back to work.
So here I am after a month long absence and missing work and all you interactive souls out there immensely. Plus I have some interesting news to share. After my milky breakfast and sunshine I realized today was the day when we launch the single most important tool that is so crucial to any writer these days.
A website. For the book.
YES! We finally completed our website (in the name of Aoife and Demon) and just launched it too. Check it out!
Awesome, yeah? After getting the cover finalized (thanks to one Amy Croall of the A Cure for the Condition fame), this was the next big thing to do. And it’s DONE! So yay for us and yay for ya’ll for your constant love and support and readership and patience. We so cherish it!
Next big step – the book launch itself. I’m working on the format right now and this story I’ll save for the next blog post since I run out of stuff to talk about quicker than I think I will. Right now, I will say this to all aspiring, new and even older authors who’ve been there for some time and sold a few things here n there. If you don’t already have a web presence, GET IT!
I cannot stress this enough.
I often hear the sad excuse of oh but I don’t have anything to put on the website. Well honey, you have YOU to put there and if your manuscript is half done or fully waiting to get out there then you have plenty to work on. Think of your website or your blog or your
Facebook fan page as a forum where you can connect with your readers on a daily basis with simply one goal in mind – to promote your author awesome self!
I don’t recommend mixing in your daily political, social and personal trivia as we do on twitter or Facebook personal profiles especially if you want to keep it all about the book you're writing. If you have a focus then show it and your readers will follow. For instance, introduce the genre you write in or plan to write in or have started writing in. In my case, I have fantasy for my first novel but otherwise I have a few short stories in mainstream fiction. If I had zilch in the name of written works and wanted to launch myself as an upcoming writer then I'd simply talk about what written word interests me and by who and why and grab a likeminded base before launching any works.
Besides, websites are like characters and trust. Build them slowly and deeply and involve everyone interested and this will go a long way. Once you start you’ll find many who will want to help you just out of the goodness of their hearts. Plus there are huge info tanks available on the net itself that can turn an amateur into a pro.
I’ve made some amazing friends along the way. Trust me. It’s all worth it!
So log on and catch the web wave!
Until next time…browse our website and feed us back your comments. Thank you! (I would add xoxoxoxoxo but that’d be too cheesy wouldn’t you say?)