Time 1: Author polishes book, sends to beta readers, incorporates comments.
Time 2- 10: Repeat step 1 ad nauseum
Time 11: Author has fine-tuned the book just how he wants it. He has nitpicked over every last word.
Time 12; Author begins planning to send out to agents
Time 13: Author discovers, to his utter dismay, that the World has Changed. It's not so simple anymore. All that time the author spent polishing his book and honing his craft was time he could have spent collecting button-pushes on Facebook, or gathering Twitter followers, or blogging. Becoming a true writer is a mere pittance, a grainy crumb within a much tastier loaf. In summary, what the author really needs is a "platform". Or so all the websites tell him.
Time 13: Author realizes he better get cracking. Author starts a blog and gets a Facebook presence.
So you can probably guess I'm on Time 13. Now, I always thought starting a blog would be fun. Other social media, not so much. Not that I don't like connecting with people, given lots of lazy days. But all the things you have to do to build a platform seem like such an enormous undertaking. A spiraling vortex that sucks away the most precious thing I have: time.
Yet, it has been proclaimed that any budding author needs a platform, and as Annie Lennox said, who am I to disagree?
I'm not going to complain about the way things are. But I will say that as someone who has precious little time to write, the prospect of siphoning off some of that and shooting it into the social media black hole did not seem appealing at first.
Still, all new adventures must be approached with fearlessness and joy. Therefore, I bring to the world this, my very first blog post. I will send this out and sit back, waiting for the world to beat down my door demanding that I feed them with more scintillating thoughts, proverbs, and general observations. I will be the electronic guru.
Or, no one will pay attention and I'll sit on my patio jabbing my eye to stop it from itching while I type endlessly onto my my laptop. One of those two will happen.
OK enough of how we got here: As I said, I've written a book, in the Fantasy genre. Actually I've written 1.75 books. The original book "Morphat" was 175,000 words, and I've since split it up into book 1 and 2, with book 1 about 100,000 words. The series is called Spellgiver now, with Morphat as Book1 and Haraf as Book 2. In addition to the books, I've also written lots of short stories, many of which have been published in various venues.
The point is I've been at this writing game for a while, and now it's time to start telling the world about it a little. So here we go, my first blog post. More will be coming.