Monday, 12 February 2018

Sharing Etiquette

I have been awake for four hours. Doing nothing but surfing social media. Liking things on insta. Sharing tweets. Slowly trying to interact more and contemplating my life's existence. What I've noticed is that humans are overrated. I randomly share shit because how are books going to get sold without visibility? People aren't promoting their shit for it to just float in cyber limbo. But then the further I go down my feed come across all the tip givers and apparently no one wants to see other peoples promos. So I must pander to the few followers I have and not help other authors by sharing their stuff. However, I can share the hell out of memes and comments and the like and no one will bat an eyelash.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

My Relationship With Reviews

So I'm finally after years of writing getting some reviews.  In fact, this book is up to 34.  Anyone who follows me knows I cry bitch an moan about getting reviews all the time.  Mostly because I need them.  I mean what author doesn't.  But secondly because I see other books, (some I've reviewed and thought they rocked and others I thought were horrible), but either way these books are always soaring where I am at now as a low end and into the beyond.  FIfty plus and sometimes over 100 reviews for other indie authors.  Everyone is getting excited about book sales and so on and so forth and I'm not even giving out free books anymore because nothing ever works for me.  And that includes purchasing reviews.  Basically, I'm here like whether the book is amazing or not so much amazing, how the hell are these other indie authors doing it?

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Money Wasted? Probably

So I've been giving out free chapters of my books.  Hoping people will either follow the website, be enticed enough to buy the books, a combination of both.  None of that has happened.  I finally caved and joined KDP select.  I'll probably be in in perpetually for all the benefits now.  I get zero sales on Smashwords or kobo regardless of the people who begged me to be on those sites so it makes no sense holding a gripe about amazons exclusivity clause.  Basically, I'm at the stage where nothing works. Yet here I am spending more money.

Monday, 26 June 2017

I Degayed My Insta

Yes, I know.  But hear me out.  See when I set out to be an author I had a goal in mind.  The goal was to write books that everyone could read.  These books would just happen to have not so straight leads. The problem.  In the back of my mind, I figured why can't I just write books that don't follow any preordained rules of what a gay writer should write or a black writer for that matter and still get them to follow me?

Saturday, 29 April 2017

I Don't Check Out People Anymore

Yup, it's true.  Truth be told I have no idea when this actually happened.  Sometime in the past three years or so.  I just noticed where I used to look at a guy and let my author mind run wild.  Now when I look at people I actually get depressed.  I've made it to a point where it's just not worth it anymore. Working on me just makes more sense.  It was bound to happen at one point.  Even when I cared about relationships I still didn't just up and leave my house for the random meet.  Mind you people thought I was.  I just didn't care enough to set them straight.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Supossed to be Quitting

So I am supposed to be giving up on this authoring business.  To be fair the only thing I've written has been poems.  Trying to do the April poetry month challenge.  I realise that I'm wasting away sharing my shit all the time daily and I'm already four poems behind and my stress levels are still the same. This is actually why I'm supposed to be quitting writing.  

I did however finally re-edit one of my novels.  Dana, it really needed some love and that was fun. Something artsy that didn't require sharing or the hopes people would buy it. I just did it cause I wanted to and actually enjoyed doing it.  One part of being an artist in ways that benefit my well-being, success.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

I Cant Afford Food

All of last week i was averaging about two books a day.  I gloated got all excited so on and so forth.  Thanked shitloads of people.  Was flying high on success.  Now for more of my hardcore truth, though all of this happiness and positivity was genuine it isn't the truth entirely.  Thanks to everyone who helped by sharing my first few posts I finally got some exposure leading to things like this.  And I have reviews I didn't solicit coming which is always great.  So if you haven't read it this is the article where it all began and this is the blog post that got me going.