The strategy …

Okay, I’ll come clean from the start: I love writing, but this blog is a dual-purpose enterprise.

  • It’s a marketing tool, designed to elicit interest in the main event, the novel Biome NE47
  • It’s an exploratory device, helping me to understand the odyssey through the publishing maze
  • Therefore, wait a minute, there’s a third purpose: the blog may be a kind of wayfarer’s guide; if I can ever manage to get the novel ‘out there,’ well, maybe other readers can be encouraged too — even though there are loads of self-advice pages out there, perhaps my approach may resonate

Of course, it could all come to naught, couldn’t it? But here’s the thing:

  • Biome NE47 is actually finished, sixth draft, polished
  • The Prequel is a great new project, with different themes, catharses, resolutions
  • Although I’m never very self-confident, for some reason my belief in the novel persists; I feel it deserves a fair effort on the marketing front
  • Having built a ‘new world,’ I’d quite like to see how a series might develop from the original inception

I expect that most writers write hoping for audience engagement, and I’m no different. Indeed, it was readers’ comments that kept me going through the year of AllendaleDiary.org.

So my preliminary research has thrown up a few salient pieces of advice, freely offered by Jericho Writers, among others:

For what it’s worth, I also love to listen to critical analysis, and I hope I do try to consider, carefully and thoughtfully, what readers and listeners might have to say or offer about my efforts.

And that’s where you, the reader/the listener, come in. Over to you then!

By Larry Winger

Retired scientist, devoted diarist (AllendaleDiary.org), community-minded aspirant novelist, I've lived on a smallholding in the East Allen Valley for the past 30 years, delighting in watching our family grow up, in experiencing the development of our grandsons, and in taking care of our small flock of chickens and garden.

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