Thursday, April 29, 2010

Y is for Yelling Into the Ether

When I was a young girl, I was out driving with my mom during a rainstorm. We were trying to get back home from the grocery store in our VW bus. Living on an island, the storms sometimes turned furious in a matter of minutes. Of course...we broke down and when we got out to walk to a nearby store, I could see my mother's lips moving, in a grimace from yelling, but all could hear was the pounding of the rain on my hood and the roofs around us.

Blogging reminds me of this sometimes. Yelling into a tumult, trying to get your voice heard...It can sometimes be quite frustrating. As a writer, I'm supposed to have a platform. I'm not published yet, and I write fiction...what could I possibly have to offer to the raging blizzard of words out there?

There are a lot of very good websites for getting a grasp on the inner workings of promotion. Aside from what your publisher will do; set up radio interviews, etc. There is a great site called Marketing Tips for Authors. For those poets out there, WordTech has an excellent tip sheet for getting your poems seen.  Marketing professional Amber Naslund over at Altitude Branding has a free PDF download on how to use social media for product elevation. You or I may not be ready to launch anything yet...but it never hurts to get prepared...It's my form of posititve thinking. 

What about you? Do you sometimes feel like you're yelling into a hurricane? How do you connect with other people on the internet? If you have a product or a book coming out...how do you get yourself seen? I'd love to hear what you have to say.

Until next time...Go Write!

Photograph by db*Photography, Uploaded on March 15, 2008.

13 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

At the moment, I'm working on a platform and being heard. I'm more hesitant that frustrated, though. I want the world to know about my book (I need the world to know) but it's difficult to do anything that feels self-promoting. I hope some of your other followers have ideas!

Eric W. Trant said...

I used to be on usenet, back in the day. Man... I freaking owned those conversations. People read my posts and offered to buy my books and join my blog, and I'd send em stuff for free and they'd tell me how much they loved it.

Back in the day. That was my voice.

Good ol usenet, back when I was Saul and not Eric.

Now I'm on bloggo. It's not as fun and frisky as usenet was, and there are a lot of self-promoters on here, but it's at least a platform, and some of the folks I've found are genuine good-hearts.

If not, I don't join their blogroll, see.

It's about being heard by the right group of people, not screaming into the cacophony hoping to tag the random masses.

Or is it...? :/

- Eric

arlee bird said...

Ain't it the truth! I felt like that for my first few months especially when I started blogging. Now it's a little better, but still....

How incredibly ironic you should have posted this. I have been sending out press releases today about the A to Z Challenge hoping to get some notice for the May 3rd Mega Post. Don't know what will happen but I figure it's worth a try. Right before I read your Y post I sent a release to the Riverside paper and cited you with a quote that you left in my comments. I don't know how much self-promo gumption you've got, but if you want to contact them to follow up I just emailed it to their news desk. If you wanted maybe you could call them and see if they wanted more info on you and maybe a photo.

It's always worth a shot and it's a start on what you were talking about in your post. I've done it in the past when I was in the entertainment business and it's usually pretty easy to get something about yourself in the paper if you can make it sound interesting.

Go for it if you want-- I've already planted the seed with my press release. Let me know if they put it in the paper--I'd love to get a copy if they do.

Lee
May 3rd A to Z Challenge Reflections Mega Post

Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed reading your blogs. Good reading...:)

Bridget

KarenG said...

Thanks for the links. I'll definitely check them out. I think blogging is one of the best places to start. Even though sometimes it does feel like yelling. Notice me! Notice me!

Kierah Jane Reilly said...

Before I did the A-Z Challenge, no one really knew I had a blog. But I really didn't care because I was keeping a blog as a sort of personal journal so I could go back and remember the good days and learn from the bad. I still write my posts as if no one is reading them, because if I don't really have anything to say, then I can't force it. Yesterday's post on X was hard for me. I had nothing. And I was surprised some people actually commented. I think it's like anything else - you have to do it because you want to, not because you feel like you have to. But I have to say that the blogging writers I have met are an incredibly supportive group who cheer for each other, and encourage each other. I feel blessed to have met so many wonderful people, yourself included!

Mary McDonald said...

I not only feel like I'm yelling in a hurricane, I'm doing it while buried in an avalanche. Great post and thanks for the links.

Jen said...

Contemplating on what Y to use for my post not once did yelling come into play, I'm very creative! I love the picture you found as well, that's really neat!!

Wanda said...

Good post Raquel.

Marjorie said...

I feel that way sometimes. Definately hard sometimes to get your voice heard.

Grammy said...

Hi,I reckon I would be frustrated if I were trying to get published, but I am just happy to have so many people reading my blog postings and leaving comments. I have been keeping in touch with family and friends this way for nearly two years and enjoying every minute of it. I know that there are people who read my postings regularly that leave no comments, and that is okay. However, it is really great when people do.
Ruby

Watery Tart said...

It's so true! It's hard to stand out when there are SO MANY people blogging. I feel like the whole 'platform thing' is really difficult--might even make a person resort to cross-dressing and nudity *cough*

I guess my opinion on the matter is you either need to be helpful or entertain in order to get people back again and again. And only regular readers will eventually know and appreciate your voice. Since I don't know a ton, entertainment is all I got...

Anonymous said...

To an amazing author,
Being unheard happens on so many levels. Busy lives keep so many hustling to the next activity. Certainly, the creativity you possess is appealing, witty, and exceptional! I truely enjoy reading everything your write. My aunt recently shared with me that the sensational book “The Shack” was self published. There’s an article in USA today you might find encouraging:

http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2008-04-30-shack_N.htm