It’s been very interesting to take both a Women’s History course and a Race and Gender in American Film class at the same time. It’s hard not to see the parallels. All media is created in a specific environment, so it’s easy to see one reflected in the other.
As perceptions and stereotypes morph and change, so does media. Film that is made by people outside the status quo, reflects their perceptions and points of view.
For instance, it was surprising to me to realize that a film had been made, basically explaining that Jewish people were okay and should be accepted. From where I am, in 2014, I don’t see racism against Jews. But historically, that has been an issue.
So, studying film is also studying history. “Birth of a Nation” is a terribly racist movie, but it is still studied due to it’s innovations in filmmaking technique. Film and history and intertwined and one reflects the other.
Now that the first book is out, I really do need to start turning my attention to the second one. It’s already written, and I’ve got a release date in mind of January, but I know it needs as much work as the first one did. The trick is to not wait until December to start, especially as I want to use November to start working on book four.
I used my lunchbreak yesterday to write a few pages of needed prologue, as the second book starts after a pretty lengthy time skip. While I’m working on expanding the reach of my first book, I can’t let the second one fall too far by the wayside.
The hardest part of this self-publishing thing is probably making people aware that you exist. So, one of the pieces of advice I found was just do a Goodreads Giveaway. Now, I’ve been on Goodreads a while, but I actually had never seen the giveaways. So maybe I just don’t spend enough time on the site. Still, I figured it was worth a shot.
Well, my giveaway started this morning. As of right now, I’ve got 174 entries, and even better, as far as I’m concerned, 71 people have added my book to their to-read lists. Now sure, I might be buried somewhere on their reading piles, but that’s still 174+ people that now know that my book exists, and quite a few who might eventually read it. We’ll still have to see how this translates to sales, but at least it’s visibility.
One of the most common questions I get asked now that my book is out is “What made you decide to self-publish?
For me, it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. This story is probably around ten years old (I honestly don’t remember when I started writing it). I made some effort to shop it around maybe eight years ago, but nothing came of it. So it’s been sitting on my hard drive, along with two other finished stories in the series and the start of a third. I’ve been talking about publishing it myself for years.
So why now? Well through the years I’ve let a few people read it, and pretty much all of the reaction was positive. A few months ago I let another friend read it, and she was particularly enthusiastic, and for whatever reason, that was apparently the push I needed. I started investigated what would self-publishing would entail.
These days, self-publishing is easier and cheaper then ever. Honestly, other then putting yourself out there, there isn’t a lot of financial risk. So I went for it. And now it makes me giddy to see myself on Amazon.
Hello, I recently self-published my first novel, Unthinkable. I plan on blogging about my misadventures as I navigate this new experience and hopefully give some insight into my experience.
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