HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!!
The holidays always find me busier than usual and without a fair amount of time for interacting with fellow writers and readers alike. I get caught up, what can I say…
But, if I’m going to be honest, there is another reason I’ve ‘been away’ and I will try to address that reason with as much tact as I possess.
I began Ink Drop Interviews to offer self-published and Indie authors a place to be heard. Not that they needed my service as there are others, but one more shout out never hurts. In the beginning, things were good. I received numerous requests from published authors who truly seemed grateful to have someplace to drop a plug for their work. I had so many requests that I actually began to think that I would have to publish multiple interviews each Wednesday (taking some of the spotlight off each author) or on multiple days, which would begin to eat into my precious (and limited) writing time. But, that wasn’t a worry for long. It seemed that after 6 or 7 months, the credible requests began to diminish and were soon replaced with requests from writers who have yet to publish anything and teenagers who were looking to use my blog as a forum to distribute angst-ridden diatribe to the masses.
I’m sorry, but pouring through the requests began to consume too much of my time, so I set Ink Drop Interviews aside until the mail slowed down.
If you are not published, an interview is not the next step of your publishing journey. Here’s the steps you need to take to make that happen. Sit. Write. Publish. (I have left out numerous other steps like research, edit, rewrite, etc,. as not to overwhelm) THEN interview. Right now, you have no product to sell, much less plug. And as much as I hate to be the one to put things into perspective to all newbies looking to network, it’s hard enough for a published author to get their work into the hands of the masses so shouldn’t it go without saying that you’re pushing a wagon uphill in trying to sell something you don’t have yet?
As far as the sophomoric splay of emotion I’ve been getting… well, these resemble the long versions of some facebook statuses I’ve seen. I mean seriously, when your boyfriend cuddles up with your ex-BFF, the night after you had his name permanently inked for the world to see, I feel for you. But, not enough to allow you to use Ink Drop Interviews as a forum to seek written revenge.
So, again, I am extending a call to all writers, big or small, as long as you’re published and your work is available for purchase. I don’t mind providing the service and have met some wonderful new friends by doing it, but for me to continue to provide this service, it has to be something my peers would be interested in reading. If you wouldn’t want to read it, chances are better than good, no one else will want to either.
With that out of the way, I’ll get back to preparing this weeks interview with Elle Amberley.