With pandemics, riots, senseless violence
What we can control in our lives
What you can control as a writer
seems to amount to very little,
You cannot control being knocked down,
but you can control getting up
one more time than they knock you down.
There is no secret formula
to become a best seller
else we would all be Stephen King.
The common concept
of Social Media Marketing
is NOT the answer
How tired are you of reading
BUY ME! novel tweets?
How frustrated are you of FB requests
to like a Book Page?
It is like selling a kiss.
Even if you make a sale,
there is no satisfaction to it.
It is like kissing your sister.
So what control do we have?
We can choose to grow as a writer,
as a human being.
Each story we write
we strive to make better
than the last.
We do not market an individual book.
We market ourselves.
We are the Brand that will sell.
If each blog post we write
is evocative or funny or touching,
then, our readers
will feel those qualities
will be in any new novel we write.
The HAUNTING of Hill House.
Based on the evocative book
by Shirley Jackson,
the series will inspire you
to rise above the
ordinary limits of
whatever genre you are writing.
How do you make each new story,
new novel better?
You start with the
hearts of your characters.
Make them people to root for,
to mourn when life
extracts its tuition from them.
Hill House is filled with decent,
in an originally crafted
series of dangers
whose explanation at the end
will have you crying.
Each of your characters,
like each character in Hill House,
should have have a scene
where they come alive
in the minds of the readers,
giving them an
"Yes, I've been there" moment.
What do you control?
What are your chances of success?
You are like a WWII fighter pilot.
All you can do is your best.
Fly the heart out of your dream.
You may be shot out of the sky.
But before then,
you will have flown!