If you are a new visitor, an occasional visitor, or one of my wonderful regulars, I crave your indulgence.
Why is my indulgence being craved? (craven?) now?
I’m getting very close to the end of my real (secret and nefarious) purpose for this blog/site: inducing you to try (if you haven’t already drunk the Koolaid) Pride’s Children, in the hopes that you will find it – and my other fiction offerings – something you simply can’t do without. This eventually means
1) spreading the word, and
2) possibly purchasing.
I say ‘possibly purchasing’ because, if I had to choose between the two goals, I would much rather you spread the word.
‘Spreading the word’ means recommendations to like-minded readers. Nothing more.
There will be other, highly optional parts:
- Leaving a review on Amazon (please wait until there is actually a book there!)
- Having me as a guest on your blog (please do not rush out and create one just for this purpose)
- Buying the limited-edition, gold-leaf embossed leather-bound hard-cover version (I will refund your ebook investment when and if this is a possibility and you actually purchase one)
- Writing about me in the New York Times (so many caveats there I don’t know where to begin)
- Putting my children in your will (I’m probably older than you are, so putting ME in your will is not likely to benefit me)
- … (gets more fanciful as we go on).
What is this indulgence you speak of?
I’m redesigning this blog – and doing it myself – so it’s going to be slow and awkward. I have a number of folk land on the Home page / Archives – but I don’t think they are converting: ie, clicking through to PC and reading and getting caught in the magic (magic? I thought this was mainstream!).
Instead, they land on my latest blog post, lose interest almost immediately, and get the heck out of here before I can whisper sweet nothings in their virtual ears.
Pray tell, how will you fix it?
I believe this is my fault – and the fixing thereof lies in my hands thusly: go back to the original format, with a front page for a welcome/landing page (instead of the blog).
Separate out the different kinds of blog posts – so that people interested in how I write in spite of having CFS can go see those posts/pages, the folk following Holly’s Tiny House DragonFlys adventure are led directly there, and readers are led to the readables, Pride’s Children first and foremost.
I am, after all, offering a serialized novel free on the web – and writing sort of live (same as crossing the Grand Canyon on a high wire, only more public because the internets are forever), and I have a nice (though small) group of addicted readers who keep showing up and saying nice things so I can’t be a total dud (besides, I can usually spell). This high-wire act should have some entertainment value (Look! There she goes again! Can she actually keep this up?) to those who follow unfinished work.
In other words, get to work and clean up my act and put the cute chinchilla pictures where only the most determined animal lovers will find them (sorry, Gizzy).
Present a more professional appearance. More/better images and quotes.
Take readers into consideration instead of writing and posting randomly for my own selfish pleasure (What? You don’t think I do this for fun? It’s a blast!).
Finish that cover. Put up several versions for voting. Listen to the voters (now that’s a thought).
Get serious about interior formatting, cover copy, book description, etc., etc. – and run them past you for your considered opinion.
Have a sample of the beginning you can download in .mobi (Kindle), .epub (lots more readers, including Nook), and .pdf format.
What do you want from visitors?
That their experience be smooth and pleasant.
If you feel like it, complaints when I don’t provide the above. Honestly, you guys are all saints. You never complain.
What do you want from regulars?
Patience – and your most opinionated opinions. I promise I can take them – and will use them to improve.
And no complaints when I take away everything else, including posts other than the weekly tickler, while I get it under control and ‘better.’
When I get it set up, your permission to send you a very occasional newsletter/announcement. IF you want it. (When I figure out how, I will put a sign-up option.)
What are you offering in exchange?
The weekly scene posting will continue unabated for your reading pleasure; when I’m through with Book 1, I will almost immediately start posting the scenes from Book 2. Writing first.
A site/blog improved by everything I’ve learned in a couple of years now of blogging regularly (though I may have to wait until I host on my own site rather than a free WordPress blog for some of the features).
And, if you have been proactive and suggested something useful, that feature.
(BTW, thundering silence means you’re fine with all the above.)