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Duane Dingle

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Re: Is my work just not good enough?
Posted: Dec 25, 2017 8:21 AM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
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LOL!! - "I looked at her, and in my most intellectual and suave manner, said 'Huh?'"

I have created a website, a pretty bland one, at the end of last year, but I had to force myself to do so since I'm sort of stuck in the past and not a social media fan. I don't blog and I post so seldom on FB and Twitter that I'm pretty certain some readers are thinking I've croaked. In September I did place a link at the back of my Kindle novels to join my "seldom used" mailing list (maybe I shouldn't tell them I hardly use it) and have so far only did a draw for my signed books or an Amazon gift card (the two winners chose the books, which flattered me,) but I only have about forty signed up and have promised my first book (Kindle version) in a new series to them. But I have to admit that I do get excited like a child at Christmas when I see someone sign up for it -probably because happens so seldom. I'm also sure I'm missing sales opportunities by ignoring social media, but I seem to have to allocate my time carefully between researching the details of the new novel, writing it and marketing my currents ones, or at least that's the excuse I give myself. I did give myself three weeks this month to step back from it all, to a certain point -My gift to myself- and I actually posted twice on Facebook and Twitter patting myself proudly on the back

One day I just might clue in and find the motivation to optimize, whatever that truly means, my social connection with the readers.

That's a great use for your shorts and you're a lot braver than me. I have maybe just under eighty fictional short stories that I wrote based on observations of events and people that sparked a story idea over the last thirty years and maybe am happy with a quarter of them, but I only let a few girlfriends read a few of them over that period and would be terrified to put them out there, even after I went over them a couple of times. Putting my first novel out there stressed me out so much that I think I lost eight pounds -not joking. I found it was like placing your soul on a shelve for all to see, especially as it was so out there in the terms of subject matter. There have been two traditional-published books put out since then that are very, very similar (uncannily similar) and are enormous sellers that I have since made me more comfortable with my work, though I would not be comfortable if it began to rise to the point where it could be picked up by the radar. I'm a contradiction in the since that I would like it to do well, but not too well, and hence why I use two pen names, this one and the one for the novel's. I consider myself a closet writer and only a dozen folks know I am -family and the closest of friends. That's probably part of the reason why this thread touched me when I read the initial post. One puts their novel (soul) out there and then feels rejected.

Ok, I'm going to force myself to stop rambling and wish you a safe and happy holidays!
Jerry Harrison

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Re: Is my work just not good enough?
Posted: Dec 25, 2017 8:51 AM   in response to: Duane Dingle in response to: Duane Dingle
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My Name is Jerry Harrison Jr and I just published my book on amazon kindle. Its Called Mistaken Identity: Nothing Aint What it seems by Jerry Harrison Jr. I sold 4 ebooks do so far, but I want it sell more and reach everyone. How can I be successful in getting my numbers up?
beachgardener

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Re: Is my work just not good enough?
Posted: Dec 25, 2017 9:38 AM   in response to: Jerry Harrison in response to: Jerry Harrison
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Jerry Harrison wrote:
My Name is Jerry Harrison Jr and I just published my book on amazon kindle. Its Called Mistaken Identity: Nothing Aint What it seems by Jerry Harrison Jr. I sold 4 ebooks do so far, but I want it sell more and reach everyone. How can I be successful in getting my numbers up?

Jerry, do not hijack another persons thread, rude. Start your own for your question, but first search the forum, you will find lots of good suggestions for marketing and you may not need to ask at all. Merry Christmas and good fortune in the new year. B
acornwriter

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Re: Is my work just not good enough?
Posted: Dec 25, 2017 10:52 AM   in response to: Kathryn Grey in response to: Kathryn Grey
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I definitely do want to write more lighthearted and simply-written stuff since that seems to be what's most popular.

Yes! If we want to sell a lot of books, it seems that is the key. Danielle Steele and Mary Higgins Clark are two examples. "The House on Hope Street," made a fortune for Steele. I couldn't get past a few pages. Too slow. Too simple.

This is why many authors say, "write what you love," because they DO NOT WANT TO WRITE LIKE THAT. They couldn't if they tried. May as well tie their hands and tape their mouth.

Authors often fail to realize that it is about COMMUNICATING to the reader. We get lost in our fantasy and foolishly think the reader is following us along when in reality, they closed the book long ago. We need to keep reeling ourselves back in. Readers can't read our minds. They read what we think are "gems" and go "Huh? What are they talking about?" And close the book again.

Here's what I think is going on. A writer keeps the story fairly simple. The readers are not stupid. They are embellishing it themselves. We need to give them the story but give their imagination a little space to roam. We probably get in the way of the story. The exceptions are the GREAT authors. But most of us are not great. We are trying to immitate greatness. Instead, we wind up in the way. Aiming for "simply written stuff," might help, even if we never get there. At least, it might help reel us in.
acornwriter

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Re: Is my work just not good enough?
Posted: Dec 25, 2017 11:04 AM   in response to: Duane Dingle in response to: Duane Dingle
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Duane,
I loved reading your "sort of" auto-biography. I can relate to your not wanting fame. It's not fun. Thanks for all that you have shared with us lately. You prove that there are different ways of going about this Indie author thing. You've given us a different kind of success. "You re-wrote the book." :-)
Duane Dingle

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Re: Is my work just not good enough?
Posted: Dec 25, 2017 3:42 PM   in response to: acornwriter in response to: acornwriter
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Acorn,

I am an oddball, so much so that people who know me know that when I invite them over to my place for...say spaghetti dinner, they know to bring the spaghetti dinner.
acornwriter

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Re: Is my work just not good enough?
Posted: Dec 25, 2017 4:34 PM   in response to: Duane Dingle in response to: Duane Dingle
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I like this version better:
"... they know to bring the spaghetti and wine."

Flows better. ;-)
Duane Dingle

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Re: Is my work just not good enough?
Posted: Dec 25, 2017 4:44 PM   in response to: acornwriter in response to: acornwriter
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I thought it was better too and more normal if that is possible, but I was lying about the wine (never developed a taste for beer or wine) and it was eating at me.

I think it's past the time to write have a merry Christmas and/or happy holidays, so I hope you had one.
olga

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Re: Is my work just not good enough?
Posted: Dec 25, 2017 7:32 PM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
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You'll need to ask if the readers on your mailing list can leave a review if they have purchased your book and enjoyed it. Even a one sentence review is better than none. Post a link in your email to make it easy for them.

Edited by: olga on Dec 25, 2017 7:33 PM
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