I have been telling stories all my life. I said screw the job and started putting stories on paper about seven years ago. I started writing seriously about five years ago. I started this Storyteller blog roughly two and a half years ago and the companion Word & Spirit blog in January 2010.
I have publicized nothing. I have occasionally commented on certain forums and am known for offering my blog address with my comments. Likewise, I often read but rarely comment on other blogs, though I leave my address when I do; but that is it. I am not even sure my own mother knows I have a blog, much less two.
So I don’t publicize to speak of. I also talk about stories and continue to tell stories, but I generally do not talk about my writing or even that I am writing. And to date I have been content to post stories on my blogs, both blogs, for free.
Some people think I am nuts. They tell me if I am not interested in traditional publishing I should at least consider e-publishing. Put the stories, books, novels up on Smashwords, Amazon, B&N, Apple, Sony. With a little marketing you should at least get something out of all that hard work.
“Aye, there’s the rub,” (said an author you have no excuse for not knowing). I am the biggest marketing moron I know. But then there is this, and let me misquote Tennyson (another person you should know): “It is better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all.”
I suppose in the weeks to come I will have to chronicle making a big fool of myself. Maybe I can become one of those annoying people on the forums who post with an air of desperation (Please buy my book, oh please, oh Please)… God, I hope not.