What’s news for horror writer Paul D. Dail?
Well, I’m back… kind of. But more on that shortly.
More importantly, while I was “gone,” I found out that a short story of mine was accepted into an upcoming anthology from Angelic Knight Press entitled, No Place Like Home: Tales from a Fractured Future. Their most recent release, Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous made the 2012 Bram Stoker Award Recommendation list. Speaking of Stoker Awards, AKP hasn’t released the full Table of Contents yet for No Place Like Home, but I’ve heard that I’ll be in good company, including Stoker Award winner Gene O’Neill. I’ll give you more details as I get them.
What does the future hold?
Still getting my blogging legs back, so I’m not 100% sure, but I think I’ll be talking about social networking. I have a post about Twitter in mind entitled “My Thoughts… in 140 Characters or Less.”
But without further ado…
This was not an easy decision.
I’m still not sure I’ve made the decision.
But I wanted to stop back in. As many of you noticed, I’m a couple weeks overdue of my original return date. I’ve been tempted to go back to the last post and change the information, so it looks like I’m returning exactly when I said I was going to. You know, sort of a George Orwell 1984 Ministry of Truth type of thing. But I’ve resisted.
I could throw out a few excuses for my tardiness, but the truth of the matter is that I’ve enjoyed the freedom from the online world. It has felt like a return to the days when I first got serious about this whole writing thing, the days when the internet was primarily just for research. Oh, and they had this cool thing called email. But you had to pay for it (remember that?)
To be a writer then was truly to write. I remember the month I spent in Portland with some friends when I wrote The Imaginings. No internet at the friends’ house. Or if there was (I really can’t remember), I didn’t use it.
Or wait, if there was, I wasn’t distracted by it.
This idea seems to be growing in acceptance. The internet has become a distraction for most writers. What started out a great source of information for whatever research we may have needed to conduct has now become a social and entertainment quagmire. And sometimes it’s hard to look away from the train wreck, especially as a horror writer :) .
So again, with the exception of my email, I’ve enjoyed not being LinkedIn whatsoever (see what I did there?). It’s been productive. I’ve done more things with my limited time. (Okay, actually, I’ve just started cutting out time from my sleep schedule so I can get more things done, but in my work time, I’ve actually been working on my writing as opposed to the latest debate over whether or not we should submit our books to the Kindle Select program or getting involved in political “discussions”).
This idea of “time” and how we manage it is another one that’s been floating around recently. Here are two more posts that address this issue:
– Jonathan D. Allen gives his advice on squeezing out every minute using technology to our benefit here.
– Erik Gustafson talks about how he prioritizes his writing/marketing time here.
So with all of this in mind, why am I back? Because the world has changed. To come around full circle, when I first started writing The Imaginings, I was writing it for a reputable agent back in the days when marketing packages were a little more common. I won’t go into all the details again here about how I ended up self- publishing (you can read them here), but needless to say, one of the first things I learned when I made the decision was that you have to be your own promoter. And truth be told, we’ve come to a day when even traditionally published authors have to do most of their own promotion.
Ergo, the blog. And while I was on my break, I watched the numbers. Now while my visits weren’t as monumental as when I was posting regularly, what I was pleased to see is that readers were still finding my blog even when I didn’t have new content. I love my regular visitors and commentors, but while I was gone, I can only assume that these new hits were readers who didn’t have any obligation to visit my blog as either friends, family or colleagues. And while they may not have all stayed long, I can only hope that some of them did (I know, I need to set up the analytics) and that some of them will be future readers of stories by Paul D. Dail.
And to be honest, it’s fun. I enjoy throwing out my two cents here, even if it’s not on anything horror related (funny enough, my most popular post has been on Cormac McCarthy. Not sure if that’s helping get me more readers, but it’s interesting to me). Now that I’m back, I’m going to have to remember some of my lessons and continue to practice my new habits, which means that the blogging world won’t be as much of a priority as it crept into being before I had to step away. Also, some of the fun visual aspects might take a backseat for the next couple posts. Ran across a few posts and opinions that make it pretty potentially risky to use images as loosely as I’ve been doing even if I’m not using them to make money. Doing it the right (read: legal) way takes more time than I have right now. Hopefully my words will be entertainment enough. Because overall, it’s good to be back.
Hope you’re glad to have me back.
What do I want from you?
Thoughts on the matter? If you are a writer also having to market yourself, how are you handling the balance? If you are a reader, thanks for stopping by.
If you have the time, check out some of those other posts I mentioned. Besides being good food for thought, they’re also entertaining blogs in general.
Finally, hope to see you back next week. Hell, I hope to see myself back next week :)
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