I haven’t updated the blog since November 21st and haven’t been marketing my novels, and sales have suffered as a result. I’ve just been frustrated with the marketing aspect of writing. It’s always push, push, push Williams, (points if you get that reference) with very little reward. I didn’t expect to get Stephen King level sales right off the bat, but I’d hoped to do better than I have.

Reviews and critical praise have been wonderful, and I really and truly appreciate every fan I have. A writer (at least this writer) thrives on knowing he’s being read, and so more than anything I just want more readers.

So how can I do that? If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them.

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  1. I know it is always an uphill battle, isn’t it? Marketing is always one of those awful bedfellows that we whore ourselves out to in order to get the story told. I don’t have much good advice, but I admire you for keepin’ on keepin’ on. Having the blog moving out material regularly is a good place to start, as well as adding to your follower roster as much as possible. You are awesome! Hang in there!

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A part of her resented both her brothers for disappearing when she was only 13, causing her to grow up faster than any girl should. In many ways, however, she was still a little girl. She’d only just started dating when Ben was taken, and she’d put having any sort of a love life on hold indefinitely. Not only was she still a virgin, but she’d only once even kissed a boy. She was eighteen now, however, officially an adult, and she needed to put that resentment in the past. She needed to grow up and start making better decisions. She needed to think more with her head and less with her heart.

— A Pattern of Shadows, chapter 22