Now that I've had a month to think about everything I learned from the Write On The Sound writers' conference in Edmonds, I've been slowly formulating the approach that I'm wanting to take as a writer. The market is undergoing significant changes. Traditional print media is rapidly being supplemented by eBooks and online content. Along with that, the use of social media marketing is having a huge impact. So, I've been examining the approach that I want to take.
Thus far, I've been able to stay away from Facebook. While I know a lot of people have used FB for their promotions and marketing, I still hesitate to go there. Instead, I'm going to continue with the blogging and use Twitter & Google Plus as my channels for marketing my writing. Since I'm still in the infancy of my transition to fiction, I felt this would be a good time to do a snapshot of impact. Thus far, here are my current statistics:
Klout Score : 37 (A bit better than my initial starting score of 20)
TT.com Page Loads for Oct. : 640 (Mostly from searches for ERD. Guess a lot of folks need that.)
Twitter Followers : 67 (Just starting to focus on this.)
G+ Peeps that have me in their circles : 82
Almost embarrassing! Well, it has been 6 years since my last book was published and I'm focusing on fiction as a new market. I guess these types of stats are to be expected when I'm just starting in a new market. Since all of my published work has been in the non-fiction technical field, I'm sure there's confusion about my intended audience as well. I don't know if this will ever change. I'm a geek in the computer industry who also happens to write science fiction. I figure if Wil Wheaton can find success as a techno geek/writer/actor then maybe there's some hope for me as a writer. ;)
Another thing that WOTS impressed upon me was the need to set some goals. Being a writer is not just about writing. People have to be able to read what is being written. That means finding a channel for my writing, getting the word out, and making sure that my writing is of high quality. With these in mind, I've set my current goals as:
- Expand my audience via social media marketing (Twitter, Google Plus, Blogger, Word of Mouth).
- Write more!
- Find an editor to work with.
- Write more!
- Find a graphics artist for quality cover art.
- Write some more!
- Track my ideas.
- Sample/publish some writing.
Do I have ideas? Tons! I'm always amazed by the writers who say that they can't think of any new stories. I don't have that problem. I have the opposite problem - too many ideas and not enough time to write. I've already built a small catalog of short stories and I have a novel in the works. Plus a bunch of ideas that I've not fleshed out yet.
Stuff that I'll be promoting soon:
Zegin's Infection - Short story in the Zegin series
Zegin's Kidnapping - Short story in the Zegin series
Invis - Short story
The Wings of Leonardo - Short story
Jezi's Delima - Short story
Trans Op - Novel, in process
Ideas on the drawing board:
Markers - Novel
Flyer - Short story
No Home On Earth - Novel
Yes, I have a lot on the plate. I guess this would be a good snapshot of how I'm starting. It'll be interesting to come back and look at this in a year to see where I'm at.