One of the greatest challenges most authors face is not in the development of a story, but in its distribution. Whether or not a wordsmith is an introvert or extrovert, the process of marketing one’s creation is none too easy.
Many years ago, a publisher did much of the marketing for its favored scribes. But, with the explosion of stories and platforms for authors to share those stories, said publicity falls mainly on the shoulders of the writers. This is why I am going on tour for the next two weeks.
A blog tour, that is.
For the next two weeks, bloggers from around the country will feature my novel, Running. These book lovers have read my latest Jim Mitchell story and will give their honest opinion of its merits. While putting myself out there is scary, the potential payout in increased buzz (and hopefully book sales) is the price that must be paid.
It would be easy to reject this option, and to remain safely ensconced behind my screen, selling a couple of books here and there. But part of being a storyteller is going out there and telling the tale you have to tell, whether or not people enjoy the adventure you have led them on.
In that spirit, I shall venture forth.
I've been writing stories and taking photos since I was old enough to hold a pencil and stand behind a tripod.