Sunday, July 3, 2011

IN SEARCH OF A THEME

Hopefully, eventually, these postings will coalesce into a meaningful theme. But where to begin? Let's begin with what this theme will not include: obvious self-promotion!

Self-promotion is a writer's bane, a necessary evil most writers hate, but feeling it essential to sell their books so they can survive to do the next one, often at the cost of reducing them to the level of a carnival barker or leaving them feeling as part of some high wire circus act with no net below.

Not a good feeling. But worse, far worse, is being forced by their colleagues to pretend that they are above self-promotion while continually sneaking it in, in any which way they can. Ridiculous! Pretending to be something they are not. And for what?

Fortunately, I'm at the point where I can leave the sneaking in to others --- primarily my readers and reviewers, and many times they are more direct than sneaky. Thus far, all the reviews of my current thriller,"Of Good And Evil," have given the book 5 or 4 star ratings, with much unsolicited praise from readers; promotion enough. Let me end this promotion bit by sneaking in one reviewer's (Starr Reina --- see the reviews on the "Buy the Latest Book" page) review conclusion:

"An absolute must read!"

"Of Good And Evil is my fourth published novel, my most polished novel, reflecting the creative evolution of my writing efforts to be the best I can become. It was written out of passion! If you're a writer, you need passion. Passion will sustain you. Without it, a writer will not develop discipline and dedication, that which he or she needs to survive; a shield against rejection. Passion is all-consuming, and you never know where it will lead, sort of like not knowing where the search for a theme in my blog postings will lead. But wherever it leads, let's get there together!

When I first started writing, I had no label; as I wrote, it turned out that my books were suspense-thrillers with a paranormal touch. However, I did not choose to write in this genre; in a way, it chose me. As I wrote, I read other books, some having a great beginning, but the letdown of a mediocre middle and a horrible ending. I was determined that my books would hold your attention to the end, always with a great ending.

At the risk of being reduced to a carnival barker, or being thrust into the discomfort of some kind of high wire circus act with no net below, the one aspect of book marketing I enjoy is book signings. I love book signings because they allow me to meet my readers face-to-face and answer their questions about the book I'm signing. This gives them the chance to get to know me and to see that I'm alive and well. I feel a writer belongs to his readers; they depend upon you to keep writing and you depend upon then for support. I should take care of them the best I can --- book signings help me do this.

I love my readers!

2 comments:

  1. Thanks, Jeremy. If you think the novel has a great cover, you should read the book --- a great read as well! See the reviews on the "Buy the Latest Book!" page.

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