A Mad Dash and the Value of Fantasy


Eponine talks about my book. I’m gonna cry. Being respected by writers I respect cracks the shell of my crusty shriveled heart.

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  • Dearest Shrivel Heart Sarah,

    I didn’t know you had a book out! Congratulations, albeit belated!

    Makes me wish I had a functioning Kindle. My bro gave me his hand me down a few years ago, but I’ve never been able to get the thing to work. Zut!

    Glad you got some recognition!

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  • Yay!!! That’s fantastic news! šŸ˜€ Well done for being so brave & getting it out there! Sounds like a very intriguing story. Congratulations! ā¤

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      • In your experience of publishing, do you feel there’s certain self-publishing websites that work particularly well for building awareness of your stories? Any favourites that you’ve found especially helpful in gaining exposure?


        • Not particularly. I’ve only had one book self-published (yet!). I fear I’m not your best resource when it comes to that…
          Most people ask if they can find it on Amazon or read it on their Kindle, so it’s important to have it there, and to have it on Apple Books too. But when it comes to exposure, the only way to really get your stuff viewed is to spend a lot of time doing all the marketing legwork. You get out of it what you put into it.
          Have you got a book in the works?

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          • Sounds like some good avenues to try out! šŸ˜€ Smashwords & Kindle Direct Publishing seems like some good starting points to release chapters to a wider audience. Hope your publishing goes well! ā¤
            Currently I have, yeah. I'm slowly releasing the first few chapters just to get a feel of what first-time readers think (it's all finished & polished up, but I'm hoping to get some first-hand feedback from beta readers on what works and what doesn't). It's a slow process, but releasing it on a consistent weekly basis seems to work well for people. *crosses fingers*

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          • I like Smashwords because they’re very creator-friendly. They don’t mind if you publish somewhere else or anything like that. You just have to make sure and format the book correctly so that it converts well to an epub.
            There might be similar sites but honestly I haven’t even done a modicum of research on that, I just used Smashwords on the recommendation of a friend.
            You could maybe build up some hype with a publication date in the not-too-distant future, and start linking to it everywhere you comment or post. Like right here. Why aren’t you marketing here? LOL
            Good luck with your novel! It’s gonna be amazing!!

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          • Thanks ever so much! ā¤ I'm republishing the first part of it here, but I've deliberately kept from linking to it in every comment/post because I didn't want it to just be considered as spam everywhere. Plus people have crazy busy lives anyway – I felt that keeping it to a regular weekly schedule would build a core audience way more naturally than just splurge-posting it all at once and hoping for the best. I'll be explaining that more in a future 'Why I only publish weekly' post (with PLENTY of Disney gifs) šŸ˜›

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          • I guess it also depends on the kind of audience you want. If you want quality audience over quantity of audience, well, then be a nice guy and do the right thing, and good people will happen to you, and you’ll live a happy well-adjusted life. But if you truly want exposure, then you’ll may have to be a bad person and expose yourself more.
            The real question is, what percent of your soul are you willing to lose for fame? I’ll make you a deal… šŸ˜ˆ

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          • THIS 1000%! ^^^ šŸ¤— I’ve deliberately kept it to a minimum weekly thing & tried to make each post the best I can possibly do (though it’s all subjective, right?) But I guess exposure in the long run will happen easier through other self-publishing websites.
            Hmmm, I’m tempted to bargain now *takes off sunglasses* *undoes shirt button* šŸ˜

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          • You’re right though about the regularity and the weekly schedule. Time really does seem to be the most important element in growing an audience

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          • Exactly! šŸ˜€ I panicked way back when I first started blogging & dumped a few posts on different days because I was worried about getting the absolute most readers / views (because I was the worst narcissistic idiot ever). šŸ˜›
            But actually dialling back my blogging and keeping it to once a week, EVERY week, has really helped my audience grow in a natural, encouraging way ā¤

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  • Shes into it big time ! Bravo

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  • When did you write a book?

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