It’s October! Month of flowers, allergies and storms. At least where I am.
So, I decided to follow Tim Grahl’s advice from his book “Your First 1000 Copies” and create flagship content.
Flagship content is any substantial piece of writing that can stand on its own, conveys a strong set of principles and is created and published in such a way as to encourage rapid sharing.
Hopefully I did it right in these posts.
Check them out and tell me what you think. You can also download my Writing Manifesto as a PDF.
I’ve seen some interesting things happening to my blog’s stats.
But before we get to that, one of my writing friends noticed that there’s a pop-up in the URL bar that says my site is insecure. After lots of searching and pestering my tech people, it turns out that if you don’t type my site’s address like this: https://www.ronelthemythmaker.com/ you’ll receive an insecure notice because the default is for some crazy reason to leave out the “s” in “https” in search results and when copying the URL. We’ll see how long it will take to get that permanently fixed…
Back to the stats… Since I’ve started to add my Bookish Stuff posts on Mondays, my views have gone up. Even the ones about my backlist. (Backlist posts have book club questions, buy links, cover, blurb and a book trailer.)
I also have loads of engagement on those posts. Interesting. Quite interesting.
The flagship posts did even better! Maybe I should rethink the way I blog…?
I’m so honoured to be included in the third Grumpy Old Gods anthology!
I only have the cover, but this is the Halloween edition! So it will be scary.
If you would like to read and review this anthology (especially on Amazon, the Editors asked very nicely), fill in the form and I’ll contact you.
I’m also working on getting more reviews on my backlist titles. Looking at the categories on sites like BookSirens, it’s rather hard to find the right reviewer for flash fiction collections. Perhaps it’s because flash fiction is an acquired taste?
You can learn all about “Twisted Tales” here. 24 short pieces won’t take too long to read… though it might linger in your nightmares 😉
Anyhow, if you’d like to review “Twisted Tales” on Amazon, BookBub, Goodreads, online retailers, your blog, gorgeous graffiti on the wall you pass to work every day… *grin* …fill out the form below, and I’ll contact you.
Now on to IWSG business.
October 2 question – It’s been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don’t enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?
Quite a mouthful!
I’ll answer that with a Stephen King Quote:
I’ll also say this: if you don’t know what is expected from your genre (for example: steamy romances from the 70s have different tropes than steamy romances from the 90s and their counterparts today – just look at the covers!), then you will disappoint readers and they won’t come back. (Google that if you want a better and longer explanation – the internet if full of websites dedicated to the art of writing.)
And: if you subscribe to Jung’s theory of a collective unconscious, you’ll know that nothing happens in a vacuum and that you aren’t a special little snowflake in an avalanche of twenty-first century literature. The only way to write that breakout novel (like Harry Potter, An Interview with a Vampire, etc.) is to be part of that collective consciousness and write about what connects us all: the human condition.
Besides, if you don’t like reading, why in all of Faerie do you want to slave away for a Muse who can be as loving as it can be cruel?
What do you think about this month’s question? Do you agree or disagree with me? Feel free to answer that, and don’t worry, I won’t send you an electronic curse! (LOL. You’ll have to read my flash fiction to get that one.) Do you have any thoughts about book trailers? Do you have any new books published?
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