All I wanted to do is write a book for my granddaughters. I’ve discovered (through much research) that if one wants to become a legitimate author, there is more to it than that. There is this thing called “platform.” You know, that “thing” that helps you become known in the world of writing. Challenge number one!
As an INFJ on the Meyer’s Briggs-personality test and as an extreme introvert, I have no interest in “becoming known.” Apparently, that’s not an option. So, I started an author Facebook page (open to the public) and well, let’s just say, the adventure continues.
It’s not pleasant being hit on by creepy guys who try to contact me for a date while I’m supposed to be writing. (I’m married and I don’t just watch soap operas all day. Writing is my job!) And then there is the scammer who wants my email address so he can tell me all about the swampland in Florida he wants to sell me. BTW, he is in the military and works for our government bringing peace to the Middle East. All while managing a FaceBook page with a total of one friend who just happens to live in Iraq. Right! Did I mention all I wanted to do is write a book?
Suffice it to say, I’m learning more than I intended about the “author life.” I have set goals, taken courses on everything from paragraph formatting to blog posting, publication, and marketing. I’ve listened to more podcasts than I’ve ever wanted to. Three or four years ago if you had asked me what a “podcast” was, I would have guessed a cross-breed between gardening and ceramics!
I did set goals. (Yay for me! Hey, I take the kudos where I can get them.) My plan is to write two blog posts per week. Not too few, not too many. At least I hope that is the case. Today though, I almost missed that goal. I spent an hour and $200 on an attorney consultation appointment to “do it right” when it comes to copyright. The rest of my day dissolved into numerous technical difficulties. Oh, and for those of you who are currently grandparents, did you know that “titles’ are now italicized instead of underlined? When did THAT happen?
All of this to say hopefully very soon, I’ll receive a signed, legally paid for permission to use a song lyric in my book title. (Hint, it has something to do with Dorothy and the munchkins.) You know, that “movie” with the four lost characters and the girl in a checkered blue dress. Yeah, that girl…the one with a little brown dog who likes to chase after soldiers. (Work with me here! I don’t want to pay for more copyright permission). Although, I learned just recently that the movie has been around long enough that copyright no longer applies. It is now under public domain (except for the “songs” of course!) And soooooo the adventure continues.
Hang in there friends, we’re almost out of the dark forest. The title is just around the corner! No more lions and tigers and bears…just an author platform and actually talking to people about my book. Oh my!
Oh, and if you want to help me grow my platform, please subscribe and follow my blog. My granddaughters and I would appreciate it. 😉