Saturday, 21 March 2009
So Many Children
I don't know how it happened. They snuck up on me and multiplied behind my back. First it was a new email account, then a blog. I joined two lovely forums and bonded with fellow writers. We laughed and cried together, supporting each other in our endeavour to get published.
Along with my first book came a website. I joined another blog, then another. I thought I could handle it.
Then came the Yahoo! groups. I hopped on the self-promo bandwagon and joined one or two, then three or four. With the urging of other writers, I opened a Facebook account. I had fun reconnecting with other authors and old school chums.
Soon, reader forums followed. - Chapters Community, Shelfari, GoodReads... I have to fill out my author profiles and add books to my 'shelves' in hope that someone will snatch my books and put them on their shelves, and so on.
My inbox fills with updates and comments from various sources. I joyfully jump in with comments and kudos. Emails come faster and faster, shouting, "Feed me!"
People call it a time suck, but it has its merits. Small press authors have to reach out on their own to connect with readers, or nobody will ever know about their books.
However, I have to find a balance between writing, networking and cruising around Web World, looking for validation. I gotta go write some more so I can feed all these hungry little children.
If I join Twitter, just shoot me.