panicwings by Ria. Creativefluxmedia.

On my tours of book and writing blogs in search of inspiration, I am struck by the difference not the similarity. They may all be about literature but that is a stunningly wide church it seems. I have worried endlessly about genre and self promotion. For one who chooses the freedom of small scale semi-inde eBook publishing there is a clarion call to use all the social-media. I have tried Twitter and retired wounded and with a bad taste in my mouth. Facebook remains un-trodden ground. As far as I’m concerned: ‘here be monsters.’ The call to shout into the social media wilderness seems overwhelming and deafening. I have real doubts about its effectiveness based on what I see and read. There appears to be huge raft of very loud unrelenting presences whose work seems to be to be… well let’s be kind and call it genre-pap. They claim it works. But I ask myself how much time they spend twitting and facing and shouting into the void.

I have little time for anything but writing my novels. Even this blog takes up more time than I feel I should give but… and here I come to the one bright spot in the social media morass, blogs. Here I feel comfortable and I’m meeting other bloggers who don’t make me feel queasy. One such is here:

Sincere thanks for the ammunition I need to support my aversion.

Another here:  my editorial angel Miriam.

I keep coming back to the idea that the work should speak for me. Getting a swell of supportive readers is a task that I feel needs time. It’s not instant and one can’t shout ‘read my work’ into the void without sounding like a twat. A tweeting twat perhaps.  So I have a Kindle readers sponsorship coming soon that I hope will bring my work to a wider audience and I plan a few adds on Goodreads. Once enough people have read the work, I’m sure the sales will pick up by means of recommendation and referral. The only meaningful measure of success for any non-celebrity, non-main stream writer.  These are realistic expectations with a degree of self-respect that seems to be old fashioned now. Or in the modern social-media world perhaps radical?