This week has found me more on the business side of being an author, than the creative side. I’ve spent a lot of time working on my website. It’s almost where I want it to be. And I’ve been having a ton of fun with it. One of the pages is ‘The Readers Gallery’. Readers and authors alike are sending me selfies with their copy of Phoenix Rising. It tickles me to no end to find out that others are enjoying my book. I hope the trend continues, I would love to see the gallery continue to grow.
I also designed Kindred t-shirts and started a campaign on Teespring. If you’re interested, the BUY link is on my News & Events page at MadisonGranger.com. This first campaign is only open until July 11, so time is limited. I’m thrilled to say they’re selling well so far. Who knows? This could turn into something larger down the line.
The only thing left is to set up the blog section. I’ve left that last on purpose. I write a weekly blog here at Eclectic Bard Books, and that’s not going to change. Right now, I don’t see myself blogging quite that often on the website. I’m thinking I’ll start with a monthly blog and see how it goes. With no conventions or book signings lined up, there’s not a lot of activity. That will change in time.
I’ve been getting in touch with promoters, advertising Phoenix Rising, and getting online events set up. My book has been out almost three months now, and it will be a few more months before the next one is published, so I have to keep the momentum going. It’s a balancing act. One that I’m learning as I go.
Still working on the short story. I’ve managed to get a bit of writing in every evening. That piece is definitely taking on a life of its own. I was rereading the last chapter and realized that it had gone off into a completely different place than where I had intended. I had to rein in a couple of the characters so that my main players, Jackson and Roni, were back in the lead. Whew, you have to watch those guys. When they want their story told, they don’t mess around. And they’re sneaky, little ninjas. You’re in the flow, writing along, and they just take over.
I wouldn’t change a single thing, though. I’m loving this journey, and am still so grateful for having the chance to explore everything that comes with writing and marketing. There’s still so much to learn, and I’m ready for that too.
I hope you are lucky enough to love what you do. It makes all the difference.
Till next week,