January 16, 2012
So, while this is titled “a self published author’s work” I’ve not actually published anything yet. The stories I’ve posted are rough drafts, so far, that I’m prepping for an anthology of short stories that I’m going to put on e-book markets. It’s important to me not only that I’m able to share my work with the world but also that it’s good quality, it’s well organized, and that people enjoy it. That’s why I share it here first, for free, and always will. I want to hear people talk about it, I want people to ask me about it, and I want to be part of your lives in small ways as a story teller. A modern day bard that doesn’t bring news of the world but news of the mind, of the heart.
Unfortunately, this comes with certain problems. I used to work in IT, as a help desk technician. Last year I lost my job and, over the course of the year, I’ve developed bad fibromyalgia related pain in my joints. I can’t work the jobs I used to be able to and I’m hovering just under poverty now while on unemployment. So writing, as well as a business venture I’m working on, are my lifelines. The work, my involvement with people who enjoy my work, are important but what’s also important is eating and having a house over my head. Which leads me to a conundrum – how to support myself?
Part of this is a discussion I’ve followed on Techdirt for a long time. It’s the Reason To Buy + Connect With Fans formula. I’m hoping that, initially, the reason to buy will be making sure I can keep writing. The connect with fans part? That’s this, that’s my comments, and that’s the fact that I’ll answer any of your questions, any one out there, that asks. I’ll go into long, rambling conversations with you if you want. I am an open book and, for the most part, have the time to be so for right now.
Between now and then, though, I need to build momentum. I need to be able to support myself. So, as those who read my blog, those who are interested in me continuing my work, how do you feel about me monetizing my blog a bit? Asking for donations or placing ads somewhere on the page? How best do you think I can make a living out of my love?
Or do I not have what it takes?