I began working on a website in September 2016. Once my website was up, I spent hours updating and promoting it. I did not realize the complexity of creating a website. The site has matured since its’ launch, yet it’s still is a work in progress.
I learned if you want your website followed by the public and other writers, especially those belonging to the WordPress community, you need to visit their sites. You need to follow and comment on their work. I have worked hard and as a novice writer, I feel I have done well. As-to-date, I have 36 followers from WordPress, 8 email followers (this needs to be much higher), and 137 social media followers. I in turn, follow 59 WordPress authors and bloggers. I didn’t take the time to count all the writers and bloggers I follow on social media. I have published 24 post and re-blogged several of my followers’ post on my site.
During this same period, I have worked on my second book. As with the first book, it’s based on a part of my life. The first book was fiction, however, I want the second to be a memoir. I having a debate with myself if the manuscript is breaching the rules of a memoir. In February, I wrote a post, Memoire verses Fiction. I proposed the question, how much embellishment can you include before a memoir becomes fiction. If you haven’t already, I invite you to read and comment on the post. Your comments will help in the decision process.
I have done this all the while playing some golf, volunteering at my church, and participating in a social life. My husband complains I spend too much time in front of my computer. I know he is right. I spend more time on my computer now than I did when I was working. I loved my career and I love retirement even more. What is surprising to my friends and me that I took up writing when I retired. There is a post on that too.
It has been a while since I mentioned and promoted my first book, One Month, 20 Days, and a Wake Up. As with a successful website, self-published books need promotion. Neglect of promoting and utilizing marketing tools, result in poor sales. When I released the book, sales were brisk the first few months. Since the beginning of the year, they have fallen to a trickle. I didn’t manage my time and focused on the website and the second book. I am not surprised that my sales are down. In saying this, I want to bring attention to my first book.
One man’s story of what it meant to be a PJ.
One Month, 20 Days, and a Wake Up, follows a young man’s account of his four years serving in the Air Force. This novel follows him and his best friend as they volunteer to cross train into the elite career field of Pararescue. They spend 14 months of grueling training where only the best and those with the desire to push themselves to the limit, successfully succeed in becoming a PJ.
When he graduates and proudly wears the burgundy beret and Pararescue Flash, he knows it is only a matter of weeks; he will be assigned to a Pararescue flight crew in Vietnam. The book follows his 13 months in Vietnam where he quickly learns the horror of war and how he must adapt to not only keep his sanity, also return alive. His story has several of the rescue missions he and his PJ brothers complete where not all the rescued are returned alive. When he faces personal bereavement, he must reach deep to restore his integrity, and keep his oath, “These things I do, that others may live.”