Double Hit Saturday!
Today sees me being doubly honoured! First up is an interview by Amanda Keeney author of A Whisper of Hope (to be released 1st October). Next, and a total surprise to me, is a feature thanks to Chris, of The Story Reading Ape blog. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the kindness of these good people, and their generous support! It is such things that demonstrate, over and over again just what a wonderful community authors enjoy online.
A Growth Into Uncertainty (WIP)
The latest book for the G1: The Guardians series has entered that mysterious borderland between being a novella and being a novel! Currently a touch over 41,500 words long, the story is caught in a grey area, which may result in my not knowing how to classify it. According to the guidelines on Wikipedia that I’ve been using, 40,000 words is the lower limit of novel length. But the Wikipedia article also points out that some publishers consider the minimum to be 50,000 words! I feel no desire to keep writing to simply pad out the story and thereby cross the 50,000 word boundary. If it happens naturally, then there’ll be no problem, of course, but I have no idea, at this moment, where, or when, the story will conclude. I’ll admit that the size of the story surprised me quite considerably. When I started writing it, I never expected it to be so long! There’s definitely a part of me that would be very happy, and satisfied, if the story does breach the 50,000 words. It would, after all, be my first novel in the period since returning to serious writing. To me, that’s huge!
Facebook(?) Fan Pages
Knowing just how limited the impact of Facebook is on bringing people to the blog, I’m unsure of whether to do more there. I was, a few days ago, contemplating following the lead of other others and creating fan pages specific to individual books and/or series. It’s very difficult to decide, though. I think it would just be very sad if I created the page(s) and it/they received no traffic! There is an alternative, of course. I could create pages here, on the blog. They would appear under the Works by Steve K Smy – Published Works menu options, with a page to each series, at least, and featuring some background, a list of the books available, and interactivity via the comments. If you have any thoughts on the two options, I’d love to hear from you!
Do any of you use Facebook fan pages that are specific to works rather than general to yourself? I only have the general flavour page at the moment and traffic fluctuates wildly from day to day and week to week.