A special welcome to new readers from the Ultimate Blog Challenge! Today, since there are so many new readers pouring in, I should give a little introduction and make an announcement, just to spice things up.
Ancient History: My first blog, way back when, was mostly about politics. My second blog was devoted to writing (back when I thought I wanted someone else to publish my fiction.) I dumped that blog because someone else was managing it poorly and I needed to get my own sites: ChazzWrites.com and AllThatChazz.com. That was two and a half years ago. Now I blog about writing and self-publishing daily here and keep the political rants confined to my podcast when the spirit (and rage) move me.
Modern History: As I researched self-publishing, I found I had a lot to think about. Since I discover what I think about something by writing about it, my blog grew. I curated a bunch of useful information and that’s still an important part of what I do here: helping fellow authors and writers. My posts grew, matured and got tall as I deepened my involvement, made allies and learned and shared more.
The Current Era: Last November I quit my day job and published a strange book of self-help and inspiration expressed through suspense fiction. I know! Crazy! I wish that I had called it Self-help for Surrealists. As it is, every day for the rest of my life I will say to someone, somewhere, “No, you don’t have to be a stoner to love Self-help for Stoners.” I published two short story collections and a bunch of short stories and marketed them like mad, but the best marketing is to put up another book for sale. Last month, after a long trip through the editorial pipe, I published two more.
The Future’s So Bright, I Had to Cut it in Two: As a result of all this blogging, I realized just this weekend (this is the announcement part) that I have not just one book for new indie authors, but two. As the word count climbed toward 100,000 words on my non-fiction book (Crack the Indie Author Code: Aspire to Inspire) I discovered that it would make more sense, and be less overwhelming, to break up the information into two books.
Alternative Futures: Can you blog a book? Absolutely. There are programs devoted to that very thing, though I suggest caution. Go as slow as you dare. You have to go back in and revise carefully. Omit links and images, for instance. Stuff that works for a blog doesn’t necessarily read well as a book. I’m editing it now and it’s coming soon, promise. It’s a tragic time management issue since I’m also working on the follow-up to my first crime novel Bigger Than Jesus. But that’s a separate blog post and different announcement for another day. Happy blogging!
CRACK THE INDIE AUTHOR CODE: ASPIRE TO INSPIRE (YEAR ONE)
- Maxwell Cynn: Review: Self-Help for Stoners by Chazz Chute (chazzwrites.com)
- Author Blog Challenge #26: The demons in my head (chazzwrites.com)
- Get heard: Podcast Your Book (chazzwrites.com)
- Author Blog Challenge 13: The meek will not inherit the earth or a book deal (chazzwrites.com)
- Author Blog Challenge 17: How to talk with your graphic designer about your book cover (chazzwrites.com)
- The Dangerous Kind & Other Stories: Just released! (allthatchazz.com)
- I quit my day job: I write, therefore I might be. (allthatchazz.com)
- Author Blog Challenge 10: How to make me want to spread your word (chazzwrites.com)
- Top 5 reasons to join the Ultimate Blog Challenge (chazzwrites.com)
- Author Blog Challenge 23: Free sex and the value of an ebook (chazzwrites.com)