Progress of a Writer

Well, I can only hope that I’m making some progress!  Getting your ebooks out there is one thing – getting some interest is another matter.  It is a shame that so few people who download ebooks are willing to provide some feedback on them.  I have to wonder how many such ebooks are ever actually read.  I’ve certainly had a respectable number of my own ebooks downloaded.  In fact, To Sail The Dark Sea has been downloaded more than 100 times from Smashwords alone.  And In Night’s Shadows isn’t far behind.

This blog is also gaining more and more followers, which is great.  Of course, it would be nice to gain even more but that takes time, of course.  As a matter of interest, if all those who follow me on Twitter followed this blog, that would be over 800 straight away.  Of course, there are complications as to how many followers the blog has.  Followers who also have WordPress.com blogs can follow simply by clicking on a link.  It’s safe to assume that they are counted.  I have to also assume that anybody who signs up to follow by email is counted too.  The truth is, however, I’m not altogether sure how many followers the blog really has!

As you can see from the sidebar, my presence, and that of Imagineer, is spread quite widely across various sites, especially the major social networks.  This is all essential.  Getting noticed is vital.  With traditional books, authors have the advantage of being able to do things like book signings, appearances on TV/radio or at other special events.  All wonderful publicity.  I also suspect that newspapers and magazines are more receptive to traditionally published authors.  Getting ebooks noticed is a far tougher proposition.  It crossed my mind that getting my ebooks onto Amazon would help, but from what I’ve seen, that’s not true.  If you have never done so – take a look at just how many pages of free ebooks Amazon lists!

For now, I’ll plod on in the way I’ve been going.  With a zero budget, there really isn’t any alternative.  There’s progress, and I can only hope that it will continue, and maybe even increase.  It would help, of course, if every reader were to share, either the blog posts or the links to my ebooks.

~ Steve

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About Steve

An author since the age of 13 years, writing again dominates my activities. My "Imagineer-ing" blog is my primary site. Also: Beginner knitter since November 2010. Favourite knitting techniques: cable and lace. Beginner cross stitcher. Beginner jewellery maker. With the promotion of self publication and all the other work that has been going on here, Dad decided around 2am this morning (22/11/2013) that it was time to begin his next adventure. He was seen off earlier the previous evening by myself, my brother, my sister in law, and my sister, as well as his wife (our mum), and an enigmatic being known only as A Lorraine. After this time of story telling, laughing, crying, joking and mickey taking, we saw how tired both mum and dad were, and we decided to leave them under the (sometimes) gentle care of The Lorraine. When Dad found the timetable for his travels, he let Mum know gently, which woke her from her drowsing, then, with the same gentleness he showed in this universe, he boarded his favourite mode of transport, the Interdimensional Steam Train, and set off with a smile and a wave. For those of us closest, that smile was a reminder that his pain has ended, and the wave, an indicator that he will pop in to all those that knew him, from time to time. Usually at the most inconvenient and in opportune moments he can. While we are sad that he is no longer here, we are happy he now has no pain, and is experiencing more extraordinary things that his writers mind will be frantically weaving into a new story. Posted by Son Damien

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