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Reaching out into the Ether

February 20, 2013

file0001130641378Another day, another adventure in the digital world. It’s bad enough that we struggle to learn all the different protocols for the various social media that we have anxiously chosen to dive into in the pursuit of building a network of people whose passions runs to the written word, and in my case, also to quilted fabric and two-wheeled transport of the motorized kind. Trying to figure out how to connect websites and blogs for promote your writing can drive you crazy.

I don’t know html or any other digital language — in that, I am quite illiterate. I need a far more sentient computer, one that already knows how to do everything I need to have done, so that all I have to do is place a request. Star Trek, please — any day now! I need “Computer” and a replicator. Oh well, maybe in my next life? Somehow I don’t think they’ll be available this year.

Blog Tours are the new standard for today’s author. They’re wonderful, if you can incorporate all the links and code and what-not. So far, I’ve not been able to master that, and it’s a serious problem. I have found that I can manage simpler levels of connection, and that’s a fine start, but at some point I will need to do the other, and for that I may need to find someone to set it up for me. It’s part of the cost of being out there. Today’s self-publishing is touted as being so easy to do for virtually nothing, but the virtual world has its own costs, and they do add up, one step at a time. If you’re just starting into this author business, make sure you set aside as large a budget as you can for advertising. You’ll need it.

For those of you who like to read blogs with great book reviews, you might want to try this one: Reenie’s Book Blog. She’s also hosting a giveaway from yours truly this week. Check it out before the 28th.

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