I Find Myself in an Interesting Place
I just Read Two Different Articles with Completely Different Opinions about “Giving Free” Copies of your Ebook away.
One Article seemed very Intelligent, and left me feeling like it would be a good Idea to Give a Copy of My Novella “I Died Once” away…
Followed by a Second Article, that was pretty much saying that Social Media basically Creates More Social Media, Lol
As opposed to Book Sales that is.
Conflicts I also ran into when I was briefly pursuing Film Making for a Few years.
And they are this…
1) Yes, I’d Like to be Making a Living from My Writing…
Nothing wrong with that… Right? Being Paid for what your Passionate about… Not having to do a 40 hours a week Office Job Etc…. Or so it was with me anyways
Yes, for me it went something like this…
- Bus Boy at a Restaurant (First Job)
- Box Boy, then Meat Clerk at a Market (Like, 3rd and 4th Job)
- 5 Years of Data Entry, and/or Office Jobs (Arghh, Artificial Lighting, Lol)
- 6 1/2 Years Inside Sales (I actually did well at this, but was completely fried on Sales by the end of it)
Granted, I didn’t have any Kids, so it was a bit easier to take this kind of Risk…
I then spent the next 3 years Pursuing Film Making, whilst taking an assortment of jobs to pay the bills, eat, and roof over my head kind of thing.
And I have to tell you, it was completely Satisfying.
Then I ran into some Medical Issues which slowed me up a bit… Don’t worry, I’m fine now… But during this time where I found myself at Home a bunch, I shifted My Film Making pursuits into Screenplay Writing Pursuits.
Yes, I spent a lot of time Watching Old Classic Movies, which got me even Further In Touch with ‘True’ Story Telling… But it also turned me off the Current Film Industry a bit, which made shifting to Screenplay Writing from Film Making a bit easier then if My Health had Forced me to Give up My Dream.
Wrote Screenplays for a couple years, without being able to establish an Agent (Though I only sent a Hand Full of Query Letters Out), then sat Writing down for a while… These are things I’ve mentioned before. Yes, I fell in love, and played lots of World of Warcraft for a while, Lol
But I needed the Break… I’d Worked from the age of 15, and then went right into Passionately Pursuing My Dreams for 6 Years after that…
But mostly the Medical Scare, though I got through that, Created the Need to just take a Break for a bit.
And last year, just as I was about to get into Writing again, My Girlfriend and I broke up…
A Lot of Poetry… A Lot of Blog Stories… My “I Died Once” Novella… My Up and Coming Fantasy Novel “Chess With Agatha”… And My Vampire Series “Allure” which I will Publish as Short Novella’s next year…
And That’s when I began Self Publishing My Own Work
But first, My 2nd Point about Why I Want To Write
2) I’m a Storyteller… I want to Get My Stories Out, and Share them with People that might Enjoy the Worlds, and or Characters I Create.
For this I largely Blame George Lucas… His First Two “Star Wars” Movies not only Inspired me to be a Film Maker… They also Inspired me to be a Storyteller.
Sure, he’s not the Greatest Writer in the World… There is a Strong Simplicity to the Actual Script and Dialog of his Films…
But… His Story Concept… Story Scope… And Characters… Were Brilliant, Interesting, and Diverse.
Yes I was there… I was a young kid when I saw these first two Films… And it not only Changed The Film Industry… It Changed the World.
Well… At least for me.
But My Points are this
1) I Want to be a Professional Writer… Be Paid To Weave Tales, and Share them with People
2) I Want to Write Stories, Tell Stories, and Share Stories with as many People as care to Check them out. To Connect with the Readers, and possibly even be Inspired by other Writers as well. Which by the way I have been in the last Year+ that I’ve been Writing/Blogging.
So when I look at the Possibility of Giving Out Free Digital Copies of My Novella “I Died Once” (Something I hadn’t planned on doing)… Whether it Generates Future Interest in me as a Writer, and Perhaps My Future Books or not… One thing that it does for sure, is Share the Stories in My Head with as Many People as are Interested in taking a Peak.
Thanks For Listening/Reading
PICTURE CREDIT – The Writer