HUG – A – WRITER

Bill Scheltema, author of “The Feels” a contemporary romance novel is launching a promotional campaign video called HUG-A-WRITER. This campaign is a great effort to collaborate on our Indie works to cross-promote and break out of obscurity!

All you need to do is to take a few seconds to film yourself saying one of the phrases from the script. It has all the potential to go viral — so click a link and start generating momentum!

IntrovertPRESS is proud to partner with Bill — an unending source of inspiration and energy — to help promote indie authors throughout social media.

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PROCESS – how ya gunna git ‘er done?

I just finished writing my novel. I know, I’m awesome. Er, wait…

I started with an edgy, brilliant idea. I stared writing. I got several chapters in when I discovered I had errors in my timeline. Crap. I made notes to come back to it because the muse was tickling my basal ganglia (look it up — it’s not dirty) so I journeyed onward. I kept writing. A new character would pop in mind – woo hoo – so let’s go there! More writing. Chapters turned into ideas larger than a hippodrome. Stories within stories. The plot got dropped and picked up like a yo-yo. I WILL NOT BE DETERRED! With all the gusto of a Hemingway or an Austen I forged ahead like the untamed Cracken!

But. let’s e serious for a moment, what really happened was my plot became a morphing blob, my characters didn’t know each other and … and… ok, let’s call it what it is:

A FREAKIN’ HOT MESS.

The long story short is…I finished the story with the thinnest of plot line. Once finished I had no idea how to edit the beast I created. I made a plot without the oversight of process.

Writing can be cathartic and explosive and wildly entertaining. That is the essence of a writer. But…. I want to sell books and make a living from writing.

I want to become an AUTHOR.

That’s how I learned the hard way the difference between being a writer and being an author: ya gotta have PROCESS.

And you have to develop your OWN process. That’s the rub – how the @#$ does that happen. Well, my process came to me in cleaning up my raging pile of plot. I realized I needed a timeline, something to keep me understandable to the readers. No matter how much sense it makes to me — it has to make sense to the reader. Creating a timeline keeps ya me honest.

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I went to Family Dollar and spent $3.19 on craft paper, Post-its and note cards. I made a note card = 1 chapter. I made yellow Post-its for characters and purple for plot turns. In doing so I realized the holes in my plot, where my characters needed to connect and how the hell I was going to finish the damned novel.

Now that my Chimera-meets-Shapeshifter tragedy of a plot has been transformed into a sleek and ever-understandable story – I have shipped it off to the editor.  I look ahead to novel Number 2. For this endeavor I made note cards for all the possible scenes I have in mind. I placed these note cards in order so that I have a timeline to follow. With my note cards in order, I can select where I want to write knowing where it’s placed into the story. I also have built-in mechanism for when Writer’s Block (myth!) occurs, because if I’m organized and prepared to write – Writer’s Block can kiss my [insert your selected body part here].

So the moral of this story is – I have a PROCESS. I plan to hone it during this next novel. Now, my precious little possums, what ‘er you gonna do? Yallz have the Google at your fingertips. Remember…a process will help you “Git ‘er done!”

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DARK THOUGHTS – debut poetry

A person’s mind conjures up the sublime, the erotic, the dangerous and the twisted. This book dives into what is buried deep inside. This collection puts into writing what our hearts often seek to avoid, the truth about where our soul dwells when others aren’t looking.- Josh Jones from Introvert PRESS

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EXCERPT from “Darkness”

I’m drowning in the darkness…I linger in the night…I will never be free…

I’m learning the darkness makes me, me…

Morbid thoughts consume my mind…the darkness is who I am.

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Erica Locke’s debut poetry collection is now available for Purchase

Taming the Social Media Maze

The Thought:  My social media footprint will bring readers to my book.

The Reality: You need to bring your social media footprint to your readers

 

 

The statements above may seem like a petty distinction; however, I believe this is why indie books get parked in a stagnant social media footprint. Think of that big footprint left behind by the T-Rex in Jurassic Park. This footprint is created: large, defined and impressive. Enter the monsoon rains (in this metaphor we will say the rains are the flurry of social media activity). The huge imprint fills up with rainfall, but instead of holding onto the rain, the footprint itself is washed away into obscurity.

WHY?

  1. 93.5% of your Facebook followers do NOT see your postings.
  2. unless you are using “Lists” on Twitter, you aren’t really utilizing Twitter
  3. vague titles will kill blog post readership
  4. lack of awareness of what days and hours is most advantageous to post
  5. the list goes on and on…

The items listed above, along with countless other social media concerns, are what we spend our time solving. Social media must be used strategically to meet realistic expectations. If it isn’t used with a heavy dose of critical thinking, it simply will not perform. What it can and cannot accomplish varies somewhat from author to author, but overall it can bring great success if utilized correctly. Introvert PRESS will work to get the most exposure for your book. That’s our goal, plain and simple.

Our blog posts are used to promote:

  1. Your book debut
  2. Your link on our genre publicity pages
  3. Your book review
  4. Press Releases to pertinent news/community agencies about your book
  5. Your appearance on our Author Spotlight series
  6. Your quotes and comments in our Monthly Newsletter

Did we mention that all of this is free?

Please share this post as much as possible. We need to connect with more authors to complete our network goals.

 

Sources:
  1. http://wheresthesausage.typepad.com/my_weblog/2014/06/the-myth-of-social-media-new-gallup-report.html
  2. http://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-business/5-common-social-media-myths-debunked
  3. http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/148694/social-media-three-big-myths.aspx
  4. http://www.business2community.com/twitter/2-common-twitter-marketing-myths-jeopardizing-your-social-media-success-0291915#oGYD0rY3KXg7Sbds.99

Author Networking

Let’s face it….we thought writing the novel was the hard part. And it was. It was VERY hard. So it seems almost like undue penalty that we, as indie authors, have to battle social media to sell our books in a cyber atmosphere of seemingly unending dead ends.

Give a long sigh. Maybe pour a few fingers of whisky. Whatever you need to do… to prepare for that foul bastion of mmm….mmmarrr….ok, say it with me:

MARKETING.

Take the first step. Join forces with authors everywhere – including here – let’s utilize one another to place our books in front of a multitude of potential readers. It’s not the solution to becoming a best seller — but it is a solid step in combating obscurity. That’s the real enemy – obscurity.

Let’s fight it… TOGETHER! Join us: Introvert PRESS.

 

Who likes space?

This is the link to my book, Continuity. Its basically the story of all of us. Human beings. How we evolve as a civilization. One peek at our historical timeline will tell anyone that humanity is forever learning more, understanding more, and expanding our perception of what our reality is. The world used to be flat. The sun used to be the center of the universe.

Well, I want to know what’s next. So I wrote the story that I think should happen. Humanity finally finds its place in the universe.

Should I join Introvert PRESS to promote my book?

What does it mean to be a MEMBER of Introvert PRESS.

  1. It means  very little work for you.
  2. It means you don’t have to pay for anything.
  3. It means you submit a comprehensive blog about your current works for sale.
  4. It means you need to post weekly to your timeline an approved post from this website to your Facebook page, your Twitter feed, and any other applicable social media outlets. You are divided into genre so Romance writers aren’t posting Horror.
  5. That’s about it.

What are the benefits?

  1. You receive the benefit of a network posting your product to thousands of people.
  2. You receive a linked posting under the genre of your choice for website visitors.
  3. You receive access to the website mailing list.

What are the negatives?

  1. Hmmm….still looking for them

How do I become a member?

Contact us here – just say in the comment area “I am interested in becoming a member. You have our promise this is not some whacky marketing scam that sells your info. Just the opposite, you are linking with other writers who have the same goal: selling books.