The slow but determined march towards Hobson & Choi self-publication continues. A few days ago, I blogged a little about receiving professional edits on the text and my feelings on same. I think I reached equilibrium by the end, and I'm relatively okay with the direction it's going.
However, there is obviously another side to the whole thing. If I'm self-publishing (or author-publishing or hybrid-authoring or whatever), I obviously have to do all my own promotion. Well, I'm hoping some good reviews will do a bit of the work for me, but I still have to get the book to some reviewers.
All of which means doing some tweeting, some blogging, some awkward-for-me self-advertising. Talking about myself. Becoming an Internet Author. Never mind my damn edits, how do I feel about that?
Fixed Books In Time - Even the Doctor can't save us!
I do a little promotion for my stuff now, but it helps that I'm generally linking to recently updated items - a new post on this site, a Hobson & Choi update on Jukepop or whatever TV review I've recently scribed. The trouble with books - damn them - is that they're pretty static.
Once the self-published volume goes up into the world, probably some time in July, I will need to keep plugging despite it remaining identical, no matter how self-conscious I feel about repeatedly mentioning a fixed point in time. Think I finally understand why they make Doctor Who so uncomfortable.
Still, there are thousands of authors in the world, self and traditionally published, and at least a few seem to get along without all their friends and internet followers deserting them. It must be possible. Just try and keep the ratio of ramble-to-promo strong. Don't let the plugs get too dry and generic.
I'll probably attempt at least some form of giveaway/competition once the book is out, so stay tuned if you want to get involved with winning stuff. It seems a nice way of doing a plug without boringly begging.
Aside from that, trying to improve this website. Make it clearer, more visually appealing and buy-my-stuff orientated. For example, the Works page now has more images and clear demarcation, less bland bulleted listing.
Of course, anyone who has the words "writer" in their Twitter bio has probably been followed by a lot of random authors with a massive amount of followers, suspiciously similar number of people they follow, thousands of tweets about their book and almost nothing else.
To be honest, when I overthink myself to death about becoming an Internet Author, I'm mostly worrying about doing that. But only we can control our own destiny, etc. Most likely going to continue making poo jokes on social media even when I have a book published. I am a human being, not a wares-push-bot, and I'm pretty sure not everyone who follows me on Twitter is even that bothered whether I have a book out or not. Hopefully my fellow human people respect that I genuinely like what I've produced and am just trying to get along without being a pain in the arse.
Oh, and I might resist the urge to use ten million #hashtags as well. I kinda feel talking about your #book on the #kindle #ereader in the #crime genre might be too vague to get any traction? Correct me in the comments if I'm wrong.
But if anyone wants to try and get #HobsonVsWolf trending, that'd help me a great deal. (Little injoke for Hobson & Choi readers there...)