Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Word to My Followers

Can we chat for a sec? Awesome.

So I'm going to do a little "inside We Need the Eggs" talk with you; a State of the Blog address, if you will.

I'm nearing publication on my self-published book, Anatomy of a Misspent Decade, and I'm steeling myself to do some self-promotion and marketing.

I hate self-promotion and marketing. Here's what it is: it isn't that I'm modest and humble and don't want to talk about myself--I just think that no one—except my mom and my wife—wants to hear about it.

But the truth is this: I love to write, it's what I went to school to do, and how great would it be if I could start to do that more and more for a living? And that's where you come in.
I’m averaging 1,000 hits a month over the last 3 months. In the Internet world that is minuscule, but hell, I’m excited. The thing is that I don’t know who you people are. So I'm going to ask a few things of you guys. 

  1. You should click the "Follow Me" button for blogger, and you should start following me on Twitter. If you're not on Twitter you need to be, it's fun!
  2. Feel free to comment more.
  3. Buy my book! I haven't written this book to make a profit--I've written it to get my name out there. So I've priced it at 99 cents for the Kindle, $6.99 for the paperback (which is less than a dollar more than the minimum price at which I could sell it and make absolutely zero). 
  4. I recommend you buy the Kindle version because, c'mon, it's a buck!
  5. This means you will need to buy a Kindle. Or download the Kindle app for your phone, or the most cost effective way possible—downloading the Kindle reader for your computer.
Yes, it's true that I am being embarrassingly specific, but please know that I'm not asking you do anything artificially or out of pity. I'm merely making suggestions for you, you know, just in case you hadn't thought of these things before.  

A word about me asking you to buy my book: This is the only book I will ever ask you so blatantly to buy. This first book was just something I did to finally do something, and I think of it only as getting my name out there as much as possible and giving people the chance to find out if they like hearing what I have to say or not. So yes, I hope that you'll drop the dollar on the book. I hope that, if you like it, you'll recommend it to a friend. I hope that maybe you'll say a word or two in an Amazon review.

But the biggest thing I'll ask you to do is that I would LOVE for you to give me HONEST feedback. Tell me it sucks. I'm dead serious. I'm probably not a good enough writer to make it on my own yet, so tell me where I need to improve. Tell me the parts you liked, tell me the parts you didn't like so much. Tell me it was derivative, unrelatable pathetic prose. All of your comments, the good and the bad, will help to make me a better writer.

Leveling With You

I haven't done a good job of "branding" myself. I'm all over the freaking place. I'm being goofy and sarcastic, I'm talking religion, politics, movies. I write stuff for Christians, but I in no way want to be a specifically "Christian" blog if that can make any sense. I'm sometimes obscure, flighty and uneven, and that's only on a good day. What I'm trying to say is that I'm not asking for an artificial hooray following. I don't exactly know what "kind" of blog my blog is, but I'm just blindly reaching out for the thing that seems right to do as far as my style and approach go. I'll keep going until it starts to work or I think of something better.


Jessica DesLongchamp said...

You are so awesome.
Can't wait to see the book!!!!

Ignatius_p_reilly said...

I will buy it and read long as it is less than 150 pages and properly illustrated

Unknown said...

I'll buy the Kindle version, I can manage that. :) I'll also actually read it & let you know what I think. I think Jess hit the nail on the head with "You are so awesome". I think it's great that you're doing this and trying to make a go of it. Very excited!

JD said...

Thanks Amber, and to Ignatius--yes, the book does meet your requirements, as long as "no illustrations" can be properly filed under properly illustrated.

NickRFultz said...

Can't wait man!