A Writer’s Mind
I’m an organizer, I can’t help it. Everything I do must be in a certain order and must be done for a reason. Some call it OCD, I call it good marketing. I run monthly blog hops with over 200 authors and bloggers, collect donations and create grand prizes, create graphics, themes, and promotion for it all, and still do not consider it a great amount of work.
Yes, it’s work, but it’s fun to me. I love being able to help other authors and thereby finding
new things for me to read. I’m not one of those people who go to each blog, comment with a “thanks for the hop!” and go about my way. No, I read their post, look at their cover and blurb, and maybe buy their book. That’s what all of this is for. That’s why I do all my organization.
I also run the blog called Heartthrob Haven. It’s a place where three times a week, an author does a guest post from the Hero’s POV or sits down and interviews them. I really enjoy it because sometimes it takes the author out of their comfort zone and makes them find who their hero really it.
Plus it shows the reader a glimpse into that hero’s world and mind. That’s why I like Heartthrob Haven. Yes, it’s a promotional tool, but not for me really. There’s also recommended reads where the other Heartthrob Haven crew and I show off what books we read and let the world know we like them. It’s not reviews, people don’t ask us to put them up, it’s not the author’s choice, no, it’s just sharing books.
I think sometimes in the scariness of “OMG, why won’t people buy my book!?” we forget that before we were writers, we were most likely readers.
I try never to forget that. I love reading. I love meeting new readers. Without them, we wouldn’t have a market to write. Without other books, us as readers would lose something very important. The creativity of others.
So yes, I’m a very organized person. I blog, write, organize, promote, and help others. Yes, I’m an author. But really, I’m a reader first. I think some people forget that. So next time you’re out there trying to figure out what to do with your own book, take a step back and try a book to read for yourself. Maybe it will rekindle that part that is slowly fading away when you’re stressed. The creativity of others can sometimes be the greatest blessing in your own world. I try and share with others out there how much I love reading, who I love reading, and what I love reading. Maybe you should try it.