Okay, I recognize and acknowledge the importance of Twitter in today’s new media. I recognize and acknowledge the importance of sites like Tumblr and Triberr for multiplying outreach. I accept those realities. But for the life of me, I can’t figure any of them out. Literally, they make no sense. Twitter is too fast, too chaotic, and too random. Triberr is just a glitch-filled labyrinth of dead-end links, and Tumblr is like another language with reverse syntax. Trying to learn these tools makes me feel old and out of touch.
I just want to write my books and blog entries without all this hassle of marketing in the new media, but that’s not realistic if I ever want to be successful. Somehow, I have to master these outlets, or if not master, at least become proficient with them in order to reach a broad spectrum. Otherwise, I’ll never grow much beyond my current readership. It’s a lot of extra time and energy that I’m not sure I have, but over the next month or so, I’m going to try to learn them. If you hear a lot of cursing and swearing from my direction, you know why.
Please, let me also mention that the Ramblings crossed 20,000 views all time today. I know that’s not a huge number and there are blogs that get that in a day, but it was a big milestone for me, one that I’m proud of achieving. Thank you to everyone who reads my silly posts and provides comments. I appreciate each and every one of you. Hope everyone has a great night.
Tomorrow begins our big promotion for the series. On Tuesday and Wednesday, The Brotherhood of Dwarves will be available as a free download on Amazon Kindle, so for the next couple of days, I’ll be asking many of you to reblog, post, and Tweet the link. Even if you already own a paper copy, please download the free version and help boost the rankings. It’s free, only takes a few seconds to do, and will go a long way to helping spread the word about the series. Please remember, you don’t have to own a Kindle to download it. Amazon will store the book in their cloud, and you can read it straight from your computer. Please, stress this point when you share the link.
This promotion has the potential to garner thousands of new readers for the series, so please, help spread the word tomorrow and Wednesday, especially on Facebook and Twitter. The more activity we generate early on, the more likely we are to get noticed by the algorithms Amazon uses internally to recommend the title to customers. Also, the more activity we can produce on Facebook and Twitter, the more likely we are to possibly hit “Trending” status. All of it hinges on the amount of activity occurring with the title, and like I said, the earlier we can start the buzz, the more likely it will be to snowball over the two days.
One final thought, I was a guest blogger on “A Daydreamer’s Thoughts,” discussing my biggest literary influence. Check it out and let me know what you think: http://xxdaydreamer21xx.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/da-adams-greatest-influence.html