Help Wanted

The Look

The look I get from scammers, direct sellers, commission-based workers, and people in contests. Also, the look I give everyone else when discussing Calypso.

Today, my mind seems determined to skirt anything remotely productive (read: editing during my lunch break), so in an attempt to salvage as much productivity as I can, I’ll write on here. (I’m not sure why, but my mind insists this is fun and relaxing and NON-productive. Goodness… I’ve over-used that word…) As well as boycotting editing, my mind has given up trying to process, so forgive any ramblings I may have. The husband’s alarm went off at 5:15, just as I was finally getting to sleep, so everything’s running at half-battery today.

Time and again, I’ve run into one particular road-block. Perhaps you in the inter-web can help me with it. I am, by nature, a modest person. A highly-energetic, overly-talkative, put-my-foot-in-my-mouth person, but a modest one nonetheless. Promoting myself seems almost backwards to me, regardless of the logistics of the matter. After all, how do you promote without bombarding? In my experiences with BookRix and the multiple direct-selling companies I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, there seems to be no difference. Requests for trials, reads, votes, sales, and anything else possible is shoved forward, while Puss in Boots stares at you over the top. Who can resist those eyes, let alone the stories of desperation, desire, or drive? And yet… there is always that bitter taste left over. I should know. I’ve been on both sides, one as a Mary Kay consultant and the other as any of the above. It leaves a bitter impression on both sides. I hate having to dredge up little tidbits of manipulation or cajoling to get a sale (which is probably part of why I didn’t fair too well), and I hate being manipulated.

So then, in the world of a saturated book market, how does one go about gaining popularity WITHOUT this nefarious business? I would love to host a contest of some sort, but I have yet to be able to eat anything aside from ramen and canned vegetables, let alone afford an iPad or some cool shirts or even a gift card. God love those who have “liked” my author page on Facebook, for I am eternally grateful that they put up with me. I’m in no ways so naive to think that they read everything I post, nor that they follow half the links I post. Statistically speaking, I’m doing really well! 33% see each picture/quote/post that goes up on my wall. After perusing some of the other pages I follow, I’m beginning to realize that said 33% would be even more amazing if it was out of 100 people, or 1,000, or (as on my most favorite page) 12,419. The getting to such a point remains the problem.

Until Calypso comes out, what should I do? There are three and a half chapters out there on the inter-web (the half being the prologue). Is that enough to create interest in the story? If I were to post more links to lesser works, would enough people like it to spread the word? Am I even a good enough writer to create interest based off what I have written so far? What if I’m not? I know that many authors don’t have a backing beforehand, but my own vanity and the advice of others leads me to believe that popular sentiment can be important. Should I create a book trailer? How the heck do I even do that??

So many questions and doubts, yet I am determined not to resort to begging.

What are your thoughts? What suggestions would you give? Opinions on the begging vs. promoting? And, does anyone know how to create a book trailer???


About S. G. Ricketts

I am a dreamer. This page holds all of the dreams and desires and hopes and wishes of the first of my two dreams: to share my imagination with the world. For those of you who have read a book or written a book, these stories are not merely words on a page. They are living, breathing creatures, worlds so compellingly real that you can smell the sweat and feel the rain. This is what I want to share ...with all of you. Yes, becoming rich and famous would be fabulous. I won't deny that. However, it would be so much more satisfying to see my book in the hands of someone on the bus, hear my book talked about at a restaurant, see a cluster of fan-art. I want to inspire the mind to imagine different worlds and different situations. If I can achieve that, I will have achieved my dream.

Posted on September 10, 2012, in Word Vomit, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. In regards to Calypso /an option:

    I have wriiten about 17000 + words so far for Clown World. To get the ball rolling , I have split the story into issues. 5000 to 7000 words per issue. Figure I can sell the novel one piece at a time,,, also see if i can get them accepted as kdp singles,,,,, leave a blurb at the end ,,, get issue at, etc.

    • That might work, except that each chapter is roughly 5000 words…. And I wouldn’t know where to start. Would that be like a serial in a magazine or literary journal, or what?

      • I’d go with beginning chapter and continue , issue by issue. at the end of the chapter ,,, end of single serial story add something like thanks for reading Calypso issue 1 … here is the link to Calyspo issue 2 …. add the additional link at the end of each kdp book 5000 + words ….book after book till all chapters/books are complete….. then once you have the entire book written… you could create a big kdp and state you are offering a collection of all issues/chapter in its entirety..the full novel –all chapters/issues etc.

      • Ironically, so many months after this comment, I’m debating doing just this, but with Puck rather than Calypso. 🙂 Thank you so much for your advice!

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