One of my favourite short stories from a very long time ago, so long ago that I can no longer remember who wrote it, was about a farm boy who wanted to be a basketball player. He had the height but was completely ungainly on the court. His coach thought, rather cynically, that he would be like a thousand other players with that advantage – someone who sat at the end of the court and dunked the ball when it was passed to him. Instead, to the coach’s surprise, in the final game of the season the farm boy didn’t score a single goal, but his team won because of his ability to dribble and pass.
The farm boy had spent the entire season working on his weaknesses so that he could turn them into strengths.
I am going somewhere with this.
One of the major reasons I decided to self-publish was because I am very, very aware of where my weaknesses are.
As someone who has worked for employers and been self-employed at various points in my life, I am deeply uncomfortable with turning over my work until I, personally, understand all aspects of the business.
I love writing, I love designing, I love the wonderful people I have met through websites and forums.
I hate marketing.
From experience, I know that if I hate something and don’t teach myself to understand it, then I am not doing the work that my projects deserve to have put into them.
So I am trying a few of the options available to self-publishers and seeing how they work. For the next few days, if you are in the US or the UK, the first book in the series will be on a special Kindle Countdown sale for 99 cents.
To make myself not hate this quite as much, I have saved some of my favourite topics to write about this week so that my webpage will be a refuge of things I love while I attempt to figure out this marketing thing.
I hope that you will enjoy the topics for the rest of this week.
For myself, I hope that by the end of the week, I will start being the person who can make the winning passes as well as the winning goals.