So, I decided it was time to try a different format for my blog and website. I’ve been using blogger.com from the beginning, but it’s always been pretty limited. I’ve been seeing a lot of my author friends using WordPress, and have been impressed with what they were doing. Naturally, I decided to give it a try
I’ve discovered that there’s a pretty steep learning curve with the switch, but I’m hoping the significant number of increased options will make it all worth it.
See, here’s the deal. A lot of authors are satisfied with just having a static website to tell people about their books. But part of the fun for me is sharing my thoughts and future plans with my reader friends. Also, I love sharing interviews and information about my author friends. My hope there is that I might introduce you to a new author you would have never heard of and never given a chance.
That’s the point of this website. The point of this blog. Yes, it’s a marketing tool to help you learn more about me and my books, but I want it to be much more than that. I want it to be a little reader’s haven of endless possibilities. I want it to be a connection between you, as readers, and the many incredible authors out that might not have the marketing power of a Big 5 Publisher behind their name.
In the last ten years, my reading tastes have change dramatically. Ten years ago, I would have been very hesitant to give an ‘indie’ author a chance. If they weren’t published by one of the big publishers, I wasn’t really interested. Then, I stumbled on a little gem of a story…KRONOS by Jeremy Robinson. The cover looked great. The premise sounded amazing. And, having begun writing my very first novel myself, I’d even heard of his name in my research on how to get published in the modern world. I’d read about Jeremy gaining great success in publishing through a print on demand company called Lulu and was intrigued. On a whim, I picked up his book and devoured it in a few days.
That’s when it changed for me. That’s when I discovered the wonders of indie publishing. That’s when my palette of reading material expanded to indie authors. And now, the majority of the books I read are self-published or published through a small press. There’s a lot of reasons for this–the biggest being that I find the stories richer, more textured and creative than those published by the Big 5. Indie authors and publishers aren’t afraid to take as many risks, so the stories tend to be zestier (if that’s a real word).
Because of that discovery, ten or eleven years ago, my library has become more diverse. More interesting. And infinitely more fun. So, naturally, when I decided to invest time in creating a blog for my own writing career, I decided the best course of action would be to help you make similar discoveries. And that’s what this blog is all about.
The format might be new. It might look more crisp and colorful. There might be more bells and whistles (whenever I figure all this out, anyway). But in the end, it has the same mission: To introduce you to a world of books, one author at a time!