I hate marketing. There I said it. I wrote this really great book (okay I may be a little biased) but now I have to figure out how to put it in someone else’s hands. That means I have to advertise it. Do you know how many different advertising avenues there are? Facebook, YouTube, Google, and the list goes on. Sure I could make a little post and get a like or two but to really get someone else excited about it, I have to do more.
So I’ve been browsing the internet looking at book trailers. You know, those little one minute videos that are really epic and feel like you’re about to watch a movie. The problem is I don’t know any actors nor do I know anything about making a movie. I like to watch movies, but I write books.
Nevertheless, I am going to figure out this whole marketing thing. Why? Because I enjoy what I do. Writing has become a really fun hobby and a way I enjoy spending my free time. To each his own, right? But I digress. Anything worth having takes a little work and twice as much effort. (Maximum effort haha) So if I have to scroll through countless hours of stock video and somehow create movie magic with it to get my book in the hands of a reader, so be it.
Ironically, I’ve done some video editing in the past. I’m a musician, so I can record my own back tracks. The problem is I’m a perfectionist. I want to see the million dollar movie that I imagine making and then get dissatisfied when it’s not. So stay tuned. I don’t need Hollywood. I’ve got this.
Everything you read on the Internet says a good author should have a blog. My thoughts on that are wildly contrasting. I typically spend most, if not all, of my writing energy in creating a new story or building a new world in my imagination. I enjoy writing for same reason I enjoy watching movies or reading a book or playing video games like Assassin’s Creed (BTW really awesome series. Just throwing that out there.). That reason being the story
Truthfully, I plan out a novel to a certain extent. That way I can drop little hints along the way even in book one of a three part series. Eh’hm The Resilient. But that same novel can sometimes take own its own life and take you where it wants you to go. For instance the big twist in The Resilient: Out of the Forbidden wasn’t planned. Matter of fact it made me go back to the very beginning and redo the entire backstory. But it was too good of an idea to throw away.
Conversely, blog writing feels a little more fluid. Without a rigid train of thought, I could see it diverging quickly into the ramblings of a mad man. Like writing a journal while you’re falling asleep. What once was a coherent thought, by morning became illegible scribbles.
But I digress, if writing a blog is important to readers, then write a blog I shall.
I’m not sure who will ever actually read this. The vagueness of the Internet strikes again. But if you are reading this, then I hope you continue to follow these posts. I’m not sure yet where the next one will go. Some behind the scenes work of my upcoming novel. An epitaph to a fallen leaf. The possibilities are endless.
Adam K. Ogden is a new author, diving into the different worlds of fiction. After penning his debut novel The Resilient: Out of the Forbidden, writing became a new passion. When he's not spending his free time at a computer writing out some new adventure, he's usually either watching movies or playing music.