How’s this for an idea: write a blog that everybody reads so that, when your book is done, you’ll have a ready-made audience!
It was suggested to me, you see, as a plan is to pre-market the book. Alls you gotsta do is get a huge cadre of blog followers, and, bingo, your book will be sold without you lifting a finger.
Everybody will be following my blog, see?
So what would that blog topic be, do you suppose? How to make a million bucks online, doing nothing? This I believe to be my Gorilla Marketing plan – do very little and expect big results. After ten years of plan operation, I can tell you that I have succeeded in the do-nothing part, but have yet to see the big results. I can’t figure it out…
Or maybe I should write on something I know about, like the history of my county. And who, pray tell, will read that? Why, the thousands of people who have an interest in my county and don’t have access to Wikipedia or a library, perhaps even a computer, of course. I could even start a lecture series, or a podcast.
Or perhaps my unique views about today’s news. Oh, people be linin’ up around the block to read that.
Who, pray tell, will read it? That is the official eye in the flointment, as it were. It’s easy to research and document and write about stuff. But who’s going to look at it – that’s the rub.
In truth, if I had a blog that had a bazillion followers, why, I wouldn’t need to write a book, would I?
It’s all circles within circles whilst I while away the hours waiting for my beloved to read my book. Tick-tock, tick-tock.
So, here’s a plan.
Be ye ready?
My next book, the one that’s in the stocks, to use a nautical term, is about Blackbeard the Pirate. I don’t suppose he actually capitalized the pirate part – his business cards probably didn’t read “Edward Teach, Pirate.”
Pirates – argh! And who don’t be interested in pirates, eh matey? There’s me blog, do ye see? Just like that, sez I. Best of all, I got me some articles what I writ from when I did have me another blog what nobody read! Avast – the puzzle puzzles together, on its own, do ye see?