Today, I have decided, is the beginning of a journey. I am going to learn how to use social media properly. It’s a long overdue project. Some of the tools are already in place. I have set up my Twitter account and begun to collect followers. My author’s facebook page is up and running. Setting up a Google+ place I have somehow ended up with two and I have no idea how to get rid of the one I don’t want. Ho hum! There is never a small boy about when you need him. Graham’s website is built; I used Wix.com that bit at least was surprisingly easy.
I describe today as the beginning of the journey but it’s a bit of a fib; I’ve been trying to promote my books for several months without much success. 5,000 followers and 1,200 tweets later and it’s clear I’m making a mess of things. Sure, some books are getting sold – about 100 a month – but they were before I started wasting days on social media. It has got to the point where I know I am drowning in a writer’s Bermuda Triangle – apologies for borrowing the image – and can’t find my way out. Don’t get me wrong, I have quite enjoyed interacting with other people. It’s something that writers don’t do enough of but I have been losing sight of the reason I started in the first place. It’s time to get real with myself, to refocus and stop spending hours on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Goodreads and Google+ instead of getting on with something I really enjoy, my writing.
Chairman Mao, who was not a nice man but who said pithy things, wrote, ‘Every journey begins with a single step.’ This blog is my first faltering step into the unknown. Each week I plan to blog a record of my progress, mapping how far I have gone and what has been achieved. Right now, I have no idea what my future blogs will contain except that they will tell the story warts and all. ‘Why am I going public?’ you ask. That’s an easy one to answer. The blog will be what motivates me to carry on, my driver and my compass. Hopefully, it will interest other indie authors who are in the same situation, who want to grow their book sales. If it does, we can share ideas and see if they work together. Feel free to add your thought in the leave a comment box.
‘So here goes,’ says I as I press the publish button and commit these words to the ether, ‘Wish me luck and bon voyage or if you’re feeling adventurous why not join me?’