I’ve never really been one to just jump out there and tell the world that I am here. I have always been more comfortable easing into a situation, ya know, kinda feel it out to see if it’s somewhere where I belong. Unfortunately, I can’t do that with self promotion. I don’t self promote, my books don’t sell. My books don’t sell…well, frankly, no one knows that I am even here. Though my astrological sign would say otherwise, I am just not that outgoing on the internet.
When I first started writing fan fiction, I dipped my toe into it and wrote something that went completely against the grain. I wrote a story that had no love or sex or the like in it and it wasn’t really well received (see: people didn’t really read it). With my second and third jumps into the pool, I unfurled my wings and just went for it. I was comfortable and I wrote whatever it was in me to write. Now both of those…Good grief, I still get email from the sites where that stuff is posted that people are saving it and loving it and this is almost five years after I first wrote them.
With my last (and longest) dip into the pool, I amassed a readership that I loved dearly and was sad to leave behind, but as with all good things, they must end and I wanted to do other things. So, here I am…doing other things and not having a clue at how to let a wide audience of people know that I am doing them. Yes, I am on Twitter (@PiperWhitney) and I am on Facebook (name: Piper Whitney) and I obviously have a blog, but beyond that I am at a complete loss. One of my publishers says to join Yahoo! forums and the like, but with such a large amount of people there, I don’t want to end up just another small voice that no one hears in the crowd. Yes, I realize that I have to get out there and get it done, but I am really unsure of how to make a splash without completely failing.
In any event, I am fairly certain I will think of something and if not, I have quite a few folks I can ask for tips.
Okay, on to something less…self tragic, if you will. I have updated my status page. Removed WiP that I am not actually working on anymore and added one that I hope to have finished in time for a special submission call. I also have added links for my books On Angel Wings and Assassin’s Heart, so if you haven’t picked up copies, please feel free to do so through those links. 😉
On the writing front, I have plans for some things which I think will be rather good. I should be starting the series I want to write soon, though, that one might take me a little bit. I intend to write that sucker out long hand to do the story some justice and I have another series in the works, though that is for YA. *GASP!* Yes people, I want to try to write something a little more mainstream along with the usual stuff I write. It’s that whole spread my wings thing, dontcha know. Now that series…different pen name and whole other can of worms when the time comes for self-promotion. Oy Vey!