Yes, I know it’s been all Meet a Writer posts as of late.
Someone once asked me why do I promote other people’s work when I should be concentrating on my own. I have a two-part answer to that. First off, I probably should yell and wave my hands a little more, but I don’t believe in preaching. Second, one person talking about themselves all the time, even if they are a famous celebrity, can get boring real quick. Introducing other elements generates traffic and interest and, in this case, helps other people.
Experts pound it into authors’ heads that they need to build a platform. That means social media presence and a website among other things. I’m lucky I’m a web developer, so I know how to build both. It isn’t about throwing up some words and graphics and hoping the search engines find the site. There is a certain methodology involved. Once it’s built, then what? Keeping the bots and humans interested is only the beginning.
A lot of my fellow authors don’t have my expertise. They either wing it or hire people like me. I figure, I have the space and need the content, so why not make it a win-win? Authors don’t have to do much than provide info and I do the rest, giving them exposure on two websites and social media.
So far Meet the Indies has 164 authors and 111 books (103 of those published). The numbers change almost every week, if not every day. This week hasn’t had as many updates, yet. I’m keeping publicity on the site low key so I can make sure that every who is already on the Meet A Writer section has their place carved out before taking a boatload of new addings. I can only image what will happen when the site catches on…
It’s been making money with website work, lately. Being writing too. I’m all over the place, touching four different books in one week. At this point, it’s all about getting words down and making sure I make progress any way possible.
I can usually judge the space I’m in by the character I gravitate toward. Although I’m supposed to be working on books three and four, Infinite Lens and A Dream to Share, I’m obsessed with book six A Past Best Forgotten. No, the premise has nothing to do with time travel. The story is a dark and twisted journey for two of the characters. One of them survives as themselves, the other one doesn’t. A search for identity, the characters and their quest reflect where I’m at as a writer.
My name and that of the series remain a sore spot. Are they holding me back? The marketing experts would probably say yes, they aren’t “slick” enough. Could I change them to fit the mold? Of course. Do I want to? Not really. I have defied convention since birth when the doctors told my parents that I had more chance of being a vegetable than anything productive. Why should I give in and force my creative identity into a box?
Armenian with ties to history, both past and present, my name reflects my heritage. My dad, his parents, and brothers passed through Ellis Island. The civil war in Syria is affecting Kessab, an Armenian enclave with family ties. As a teenager, I had chance to visit the mountain village. Getting up there was an experience, so was going back to a time when things were much simpler. I want to honor both legacies by keeping my name intact on my books.
With the series, it’s a matter of principle and the goal of creating an open-ended universe. If I go with Stars of Heroes with the e, I’d be giving into those who called the current series name a typo. Other names like Destiny’s Paradox, Arkrillian Augury, Twists of Time, and Strands of Destiny are too limiting. After getting through the core arcs of returning Jeff home to the proper century and fulfilling the Arkrillian prophecy, I need to be able to do more stories and open the series up to other authors, if I want.
A colleague keeps reminding me that it’s my story to be told my way. So I’m leaving things alone for now and concentrating on my writing and web development work. I’ll figure out this marketing and name thing later.