My journey towards self-publishing is going precisely on schedule: Right into that abyss where all the rest of the unknown writers go. The place where we all languish and die because of a lack of communication and branding.
My own journey started 16 years ago when I first started to get the word out about my novels–when I started telling people, “Hey! I’m a writer finally!”
Did my family care? No. They treated my newly borne profession as nothing more than a “hobby”. They never took me seriously enough to warrant any consideration, support, or encouragement. And what few friends I had back then showed little interest in what I was doing? Why?
As I stated in an earlier blog entry of mine, nobody asks me any questions.
So how do I know if I’m reaching people in this day and age? I’m not.
Last night, I created two Facebook pages for my books Codename: Velocity and The Life of Pi and today I posted on my Facebook what I had done.
Out of 3,126 “friends”, I only got one like.
If you think that’s bad, 99% of my non-political, non-feline postings go virtually unanswered, unliked, or commented on.
So I’m track to be on nobody’s radar in the years to come. After all, how many of my blog followers actually comment or interact on my blog at any given time? As far as the numbers go, I have more silent readers than I have actual communicators.
And it’s that lack of communication which is swiftly killing my enthusiasm to reach out to people on this media platform. Facebook has gotten notoriously worse for social interaction and Twitter is a lost cause in on itself. I can’t reach anyone there. I’m just posting blind.
So what’s going to happen when my books become available? Well, if current trends hold, probably the same end results.
I’ll end up nowhere with no one even noticing that I’ve actually got something out finally after years of sacrifice and heartache.
Just like few people even notice now that I’m close to giving up talking to anyone at this point. There’s just no reason in communicating when nobody responds to what you’re posting on a daily basis–seeing how I’m doing nothing but talking to myself and going absolutely nuts here.
I pretty much gave up on Facebook because nobody ever talks to me. Ask me how I’m doing, what I’m doing, or how my writing is going. There’s just no interest.
I realize that I’m just a nobody, but come on! Speak to me! Talk to me!
Let me know that I’m not alone! I hate drifting in this abyss by myself! I want to have company and human interaction. But I can’t get it if everyone on Planet Earth is fucking silent…