You know the old saying, don't overthink this, well, I think I have been guilty of doing just that. Since beginning this new chapter of my life, becoming a published writer, I have studied marketing concepts and listened to many other experts on how you make it as an author. Not so much about actually writing, no more about how to market yourself and your books. I have found that you can listen to, too much advice, then you reach the point of realizing that you are sacrificing why you wanted to write in the first place. I made that mistake. I wanted to follow the formula that all authors are told to follow, website, social media posts, informative newsletter, blah, blah, blah. You end up spending all your time on everything except what is really important, your writing. I want to write great things, interesting things, thought-provoking things, not strive to be a social media darling or spend all my time churning out banal newsletters that have nothing to do with my thoughts or passions.
So, having said all that, I move forward on being a writer first, and a marketeer second, I know, I know, you have to market yourself and your product or you'll never make any money, you'll never be a success. Marketing is important, I agree, but, there are different kinds of success in the world, not just financial. Sure, becoming a rich and famous author would be wonderful, can't argue that, but, there are authors all over the world spending all their time on marketing and social media posts who still sell very few books and are unknown, except to their family and friends. Financial rewards and fame would be nice, but writing well and inspiring, touching, and entertaining others is the most important job an author has, and he should never forget that. I am determined for myself, not to lose that important idea again. I want to write about what is important, I want to write about the thoughts, ideas, and things that entertain and enrich me. Folks, I've made up my mind to do just that. No more newsletters with helpful information and topical stories that have nothing to do with me, or what's on my mind. No, I am going to be writing what moves me, and then share it with the world. I will do social media, a lot actually, but on my terms. I'm a storyteller, a historian, a dreamer of what the future can be, but someone who loves to remember their past, loves to remember the people and events that helped shape it and the world we live in. In the end, everyone has a story to tell, I want to hear yours, and I definitely want you to hear mine.