Do you enjoy ads? Do you have an unbelievable sense of joy when you have to wait nearly two minutes to see a three-minute news clip? How about when the show you are watching is at its climax, and suddenly you see laundry detergent? Doesn’t that just thrill you? No? Ads are generally annoying, aren’t they? Sure, you might find one here or there that is entertaining, but I feel advertisements are annoying to most people and generally go ignored.
In a world that is overly full of ads, it is easy to be dismissive or oblivious to them, so businesses have to do what it takes to grab our fleeting attention. I’m one of those people who would rather change the channel or look up something on the internet for five minutes than watch a round of commercials. In fact, I hate commercials/ads so much that I am willing to pay a premium to avoid them. Yet I am an author, and advertising is a part of the business.
This blog, my social media accounts, and goodreads ads ultimately exist to reach a wider audience. In other words, they exist for advertising. My disdain for most ads, though, has lend me a certain perspective. The least effective way to advertise, in my opinion, is to be very in someone’s face about it. I do not need to see you promote your business at every corner, and the same applies to my stuff. Of course advertising is a learning process and is different for every business and every author, and I still have A LOT to learn. The best way to learn, it seems to me, is to examine first what does not work. Too often I have seen authors troll pages (including my own book giveaway on Facebook), filling social media with as much of their stuff as they possibly can, and that turns me off to ever wanting to read their stuff. If that is the effect this method of advertising has on me, then I can only imagine it does the same for many others.
Ultimately, advertising is a necessity for any type of business, but it does not have to be done in an annoying or frustrating manner. Authors, we have all seen those ads. Let us rise above that and let our creativity do the work for us.
Lately I have been toying with the idea of writing a fantasy mystery set in Goandria. It definitely would not be my next book, but maybe sometime down the line I will write it. Would a mystery set in a fantasy world interest any of you? What sort of elements would you like to be included? Would you read a Goandria mystery? Let me know your thoughts!
The hashtag #WhyIWrite was trending last week, and I found it inspiring that something other than politics and celebrity news became popular for a brief time. It also prompted me to go into detail about my journey into becoming a writer and why I chose a very difficult route to pursue professionally.
As I have said here, I started writing as a hobby when I was twelve years old. Over the years, my dedication to writing has come in waves, but I could never fully abandon it as I have other hobbies. Writing, especially the Goandria series, has become a part of my life, part of my very soul, something that I cannot live without. I do not profess to be the best at it, but I do make a point to become better at writing because I have a story to tell, and it is worth sharing. Fantasy has been an integral part of my life. It has inspired me. It has driven me to contemplate difficult matters and existential meaning, and this is something I want to bring people as well.
Writing isn’t an easy path, and I’m still very much learning, especially when it comes to marketing and branching out to new readers. Actually, choosing to write professionally is one of the most difficult challenges I have faced, second only to parenting. The average person takes years to get established, and I have only been doing this for about a year, so writing has not been exactly lucrative, but those I trust most in my life have encouraged me to keep doing what I love. Even with the encouragement, it is easy to get discouraged. Many people simply do not read or have time to read, and it is difficult convincing strangers to part with their money.
I continue to write because it has meaning for me. I write partially because it is a challenge, and I write to give the world the stories I would like to read myself.
Writers evolve, just like anyone in a profession. I strive to get a little better every day and apply what I learned from my failings. As much as I love to write, I am very well aware of my shortcomings. I struggle with grammar, and I often write in passive voice. I have to consciously will myself not to write passively, and those darn commas throw me off way too often.
However, I would like to think I have really learned something over the years and I’m not just pretending. With looking through my old Goandria manuscripts (then called Golah) and my poetry, it is painful and awkward. It is so embarrassing for me to read the stuff that it is even difficult for me to read when I am alone.
Writing is a beautiful thing. It enables people to express themselves in a limitless way, but some ways are obviously better than others (such as showing and not telling). Yet for someone who takes pride in his or her writings, looking back on the past and even some current products can be painful. There was a collection of poems I wrote in 9th grade, and even just looking at the cover causes me to internally grimace. Sure, there were a few that had potential, but there were others that are so bad they make my skin crawl. Still, I keep them. Why because it reminds me of where I once was and inspires me to do better. Seeing where I came from is a powerful way for me to learn, to better understand my weak points and to move forward from there. Writing, like anything worthwhile is challenging and filled with failure, but it is that failure that creates opportunity to grow and I am still very much growing.
If you read fantasy, check out the prequel to my upcoming novel Goandria: Visions of War. Goandria: The Schism is a three-part short story series that takes place during a time when demons, known as the worlox, rule Goandria.
Here is the official summary: Goandria lies under the cruel rule of worlox demons. Emerging from an unknown realm, they claim large swaths of the northern territories for their own. The wizards, blessed with power from Voshnore, continue their fight against them with little success. Pushed back to the south, generation to generation, year by year, they labor in vain. Until now.
Lorkai, general of the wizard army, returns home after years of fighting. He brings long awaited successes on the battlefield. Yet those successes come with prices of their own. Several of Lorkai’s men now anguish in worlox occupied areas. Following a warm welcome, Lorkai’s request for aid is refused. Lorkai and his best friend, Evera, take matters into their own hands. The wizards uncover secrets about the worlox, which leads the friends to fight for their lives, and their humanity.
If interested you can order it off my website, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.