This was a morning of reflection. I meditate most mornings, but I don’t always sit and reflect on the previous day, week, year—life. This morning my thoughts centered on how I could take my blogs and my books to the next level. If I’m real, most of my readers are other writers and authors, and I desire to connect with men and women who may not all be writers.
The writer’s dilemma is that most of us would prefer to work at our craft and hire out the marketing of it. There are people who do nothing but market books and blogs to the public and I believe engaging with this type of service would help me get my writing out where it can be read, critiqued, celebrated. It’s kind of discouraging to have my books sit on a shelf after the initial launch dies down.
There are so many stories inside me, but if the public isn’t reading them …
Over the last 9 Days, I got a taste of what it’s like to be read and to interact with readers. If I could stretch that readership to include my target audience, that would be great, but I don’t know how. It would be good to hear from you on how you deal with this problem.
By the way, I’m no longer in a 30-day blogging challenge and I’ve removed all the trappings from my posts. My blog is no longer germane to the competition. As for remaining challengers, please don’t waste precious contest minutes commenting to me unless you can afford the time. There is a lot of reading and commenting you must do. I don’t regret being eliminated because in the end I will have accomplished a few things that made my time in it worthwhile.
If you are a subscriber to my blog, you know that I have been posting without fail since January 2, and I will post until February 1 and beyond. That was the point of the challenge. I’m grateful for the writing discipline that has returned to my life. It’s like stretching old muscles. I’m also grateful for the trust I shared with the other writers which allowed some of us to open up. I know I did, and it was fun. So, I’ll continue to read and support your writing and cheer for you as you approach the finish line.
Don’t forget to share how you connect with your readers who aren’t writers. Also, how do you keep your books fresh in the marketplace without always yelling, buy my books!