When unpublished writers first start thinking about actually getting published, we’re told it’s all about the writing. Getting that first line just right. The first paragraph. The first page. The first…well, you get the drift. We focus on word choice, and showing not telling, on not using passive voice or repetitive words.  And yes, it’s ALL important. I still focus on those things.  What I wasn’t told was that after you get that first contract, you then have to deal with the business of writing. Oh, all right, I was told about it by my published friends, I just didn’t get that it could be just as soul sucking draining as writing.

Once you get that first contract, you find yourself thrust into the marketing world, something I’ve done my best to avoid in the first half century of my life.  Do I take a banner ad with this site or a static cover ad with that? Do book trailers actually result in any book sales? And how the heck do you make a banner or book trailer anyway? I’m a writer after all, not a graphic artist.

Which makes the subject of today’s post rather confusing to me.  Blogging.  Why is it so hard?  I’m a writer after all. I should be able to come up with a short 500 word or less blog post every day, right? I should be able to talk about the story I’ve slaved over for months. I should find it easy to talk (ad nauseum) about the characters I’ve created, and usually fallen in love with.  So why am I having such a hard time coming up with blog posts about Texas Tangle?  I’ve not talked about it too much. You’ve not had a chance to get to know Nikki or Dillon or Brett. And yet … I’m stumped.

I have over a dozen blog posts due to other authors who are hosting me on their sites, to introduce me to their readers. I owe it to the authors, and their readers, to give them something that they want to stay on the page to read. Because I know I auto-click off on the the hard sell type post, the one that has no personal information, no chatty note from an author only a “here’s the blurb, here’s the excerpt now buy the damned book”  type post. Yet those chatty little snippets are the frickin’ hardest parts to write. So I find myself staring at a blank Word screen day after day thinking, “I don’t know what to say? Why would people be interested in this?” Or worse, for an upcoming post I have to do for Carina where I have to come up with three interesting facts about me, “I’m boring. I make up stories in my head about people who don’t exist. Who’d be interested? What do they want to know anyway?”  Yeah, yeah, I’m whining.

Anyway, here’s your chance to sound off help me out.  When you read a blog post, what do you want to read about? What do you want to know about an author or the story?   Do you read character interviews? Do you watch book trailers? What makes you click off the page unread? What do you want to know about me that I haven’t whined vented ranted written about in the over three years I’ve been blogging here.  What do you want to know about Texas Tangle?

Help me….

What do you want to know?
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4 thoughts on “What do you want to know?

  • May 13, 2010 at 10:13 am

    First, I love the picture of the keyboard. That must be a Canadian keyboard, eh? lol

    Okay, here are my answers:

    I love reading about the upcoming releases; character interviews are good, but sometimes they can come off as "forced information" instead of an interview with an actual person; I sometimes watch book trailers, but none have ever inspired me to buy a book – the back cover blurbs and/or excerpts however ALWAYS suck me in (if they're good); I want to know if Nikki ends up having her cake and eating it too at all in T.T. with both guys! Just how heated do things get down there on that horse ranch?! lol That cover frickin' rocks, by the way. Holy Hot! Hope I was able to help some.

  • May 13, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    You can't fool me. Only you could be talented enough to write a post about how hard it is to come up with an idea for a post. LOL.

    I like to read a blurb about the story and an excerpt to see if the author's voice is for me.
    I will not buy a book if I can't read a bit of it especially to see if it's first or 3rd person POV.

  • May 15, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Hi, Leah! What I want to read depends–if it's a book/author intro, I definitely want an intro to the book itself, including a blurb and excerpt. If it's also a chance to meet the author, I love a bit of an intro to the author and her other books. I especially enjoy it when the author is able to check back in and respond to posts and "chat" because it really adds to the interaction and gives me a real feel for her. I do sometimes read character interviews, and those can be extremely entertaining. I will occasionally watch book trailers, but that isn't a given (I've seen some beautiful ones, but I'm not super appreciative of the visual medium that way… just not my thing!)

    As for Texas Tangle, looking forward to hearing more about it! The inspiration for it, meeting the characters, getting a snippet…

    Please bring it on, Leah!

  • May 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Its always interesting to knwo how author's current WIP is going! And I think character interviews are awesome! Also, sneak seaks are also nice ;~)

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