Storyteller Wednesday: Market Schmarket.

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.”

Bother! 

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.

4 thoughts on “Storyteller Wednesday: Market Schmarket.

  1. I’m not sure where the Avalon story begins but I will figure it out. Also a writer must be compelled to write, otherwise it is a waste of time. We write for ourselves first and the public second. Recognition will be spontanious and can not be an issue in the reason for writing. Right now all we have is each other to bounce our stories off of.
    davetrumble

    • The prequal (some 80,000+ words/book length) is behind the tab, “Traveler Tales.” The pilot episode and episodes 1.0-1.4 can be found in the archives. The whole Avalon concept and storyline is one of the things I enjoy writing. It is fun, and I am perfectly content to post it for free on my blog. But it is also one of the things that friends have said I need to collect and get up on Smashwords for $1.99 or so. We will see.
      -Michael

  2. Sorry that I have not been able to return comments Michael. It is a pleasure to make contact with you and I do enjoy your writings which I call the Writs. I would like to participate more but I’m at sea aboard my sloop, Andiamo now transiting Central America and do not have the opportunity to use E-Net all the time. Please continue to send me your new writings, which I consider much better than mine.
    Dave Trumble

    • Dave
      Thank you for taking the time to read and post. All I can suggest is you are welcome to stop by and rummage through the blog whenever you wish (and are able). As for the writing quality, I would not worry about it. I certainly don’t. But it seems to me I am writing about adventures because working through the day shift and barely scraping by is the dull part. You, on the other hand, are living the experience. That sounds like the better part.
      -Michael

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