No rest for the wicked is about the most apt aphorism I can think of when it comes to my life. That's not necessarily a good thing. I'm not bragging, by any means. I know there are those people who always act so beleaguered when they talk about how much they have to do. (more past the break!)
I don't want to be that guy. But yeah. I'm busy. I'm trying to finish up novel #2 by the end of the year. It's going to be close. Then I've got to dive immediately into a project that will act as kind of a complement to The Black Goat Motorcycle Club. I thought, "Oh, wouldn't it be fun if I did this to go along with the release of the novel?"
It turns out "this" is a huge project and a lot of work. Hopefully, it will pay off. (Hmmm. Maybe that is the most appropriate aphorism for my life."
So you probably saw the post last week. I put "Blood In" out there as a free audiobook and a $.99 cent download on Amazon. I originally wanted it to be free, but making that happen on Amazon - giving away something for free, that is - is a huge pain in the ass. In fact, everything about getting the story out there was a hassle. Except for writing the story itself. That part was actually easy.
Which leads me to something else . . .
I was talking with Allison about various writing-related things. The conversation can be boiled down to another trite old saying. "If a tree falls in the woods..."
You see where I'm going with this? You can write, podcast, draw, sing, or make ice sculptures all you want. If you don't put the work in to promote it, then it's all kind of wasted.
Not entirely wasted!
Don't misunderstand me. It's wasted if you want it to be a variable in some sort of commercial equation. If the act of creating in and of itself is enough for you, then go for it.
I have friends - very, very talented friends - who churn out the art that is their calling. They produce a lot of it. A lot. And in spite of the fact that I consider them extraordinarily talented, some of them haven't achieved any sort of real, monetary success. That's partially because you have to spend time marketing your work (obviously, there are a number of other factors here, some of which are out of their control). That's tricky, I know. It takes time away from actually creating. And it often takes money out of your pocket - money you've never actually made from your art. It's a conundrum.
On the other hand, I have friends who I would consider marginally talented. Nothing I've ever seen from them has blown me away. No, I will never tell you who I think these people are. Ever.
(Ugh. And there's a chance that a friend is reading this, thinking it's them.) Regardless, some of these folks with middling talent have been very successful. Because they're good at promoting themselves. Oh, and they work really hard. Don't forget that part.
I just want to write things and have people buy them. The end.
And if you're lucky, maybe that will happen! Sometimes a thing will go viral with very little effort whatsoever, but waiting for that moment to hit one or any of your projects is folly. Might as well just play the lottery.
But without further ado, let's continue helping spread the word about other people's stuff. If you're reading this, you're probably part of our small little community. Let's help each other out.
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First up is a little 3-man band hailing from Texas and New Mexico. These are good people and very close friends of mine. Right now, they travel the country in a van, writing music and playing shows. It's a hardcore lifestyle. Check out a show if they're in your area and if you like what you hear, throw some money at these guys.
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I once had a friend who, in a fit of frustration, said, "If I could just sell a damned script!"
I had to come back at him with, "Well, you have to write one first."
Joseluis is doing that. And he's sharing it with us. If you have time, give it a read. You can find his script, a full feature called "Positive Thinking", right HERE.
Heath wrote a book! And you can read it for cheap! I love that cover. Looks so familiar. If you have time, check it out and if you liked it, leave a review.
It's called "Adulthood In Infancy".
The Swamp Music Players
A swell bunch of fellas and some talented musicians. Also, probably dangerous. It's LoFi, rootsy, swamp music. Check it out. I think you'll like it. Oh! And the last track on their album has a special guest you might enjoy.
OK. Fine. It's me. I'm the special guest. But everybody be cool. It's a robbery.
Get it HERE.