Tuesday, January 10, 2012

GATORS ATE MY BLOG


Yep, that’s what happened—the gators ate my blogs.  That’s why I haven’t posted in a while.

On the road in Florida, not rooted and routined, I have not been able to write, edit, or work on my audio book.  I need a boring life to do exciting things, I guess.

I have been doing some photography, but unlike writing, photography is no challenge. Without exaggerating, I can do five or ten framable and exhibitable images per day, but who gives a shit? No one will pay me for them. No one will exhibit them. Hell, I would be lucky to make more than a buck or two a year putting up a hundred images as stock photography. I have fifty stock images up now and have not made one sale in a whole year. Simply, no one gives a shit; the site I am on has 17 million images—all of them pro quality. 17 million…

I feel guilty about lamenting. I am not starving, or homeless or ill—just underpaid and most of all unloved for the work I am capable of doing in photography and literature. Last month, with five books up on 30 retail sites, properly priced and professionally packaged, and a reasonable presence on BookRoooster, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, this blog, and handing out “author cards”, I sold three books for a total of under $5 in billings. Granted, two of the books are literary fiction and hard to move on-line, but two are detective genre fiction and one is a how-to article, and should be saleable.

The next marketing push is putting up free serialized audio books on iTunes and Podiobooks of the detective series. I am also going to try Kindle Select to get some action on the literary fiction. It can’t hurt to make them exclusive to Kindle for 90 days and see what happens. If those things do not work to overcome my problem of anonymity as an author, I wonder where to go next—into the job market at my age-- pumping gas, as the previous administration suggested to me as a solution to my income situation…

This is a “poor me” post, and I hate to post it, but in the mood I am in, I am sure not many will take the time to read it. Poor me...

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