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.