I left Facebook a half-decade ago, which can be a veritable eternity in tech years. However, the social networking landscape hasn’t transformed much during that time, and the blue and white website is evidently stronger than ever.

It’s earned its fair share of bad press during that time, and it may not be the choix du jour to reach a YA audience, but it’s still an important platform for writers, businesses, and various scallywags.

Therefore, I’ve established a Facebook Page. It would be great if you can check it out.

When it comes to indie publishing, every article, interview, podcast, video, and conversation imparts the same piece of advice.

Start. A. Mailing. List.

Sigh.

Seeing as I’m neither a fan of business nor marketing, I have been putting this off. Of course, I figured I didn’t really have anything to offer people.

However, deciding to hone my short fiction skills means that my catalogue will be expanding more than if I continued to focus solely on novels (two of which still require a hundred hours of editing).

Still, I won’t send out a lot of emails. I’ve subscribed to many email lists, and I’ve unsubscribed from even more. (Wait, that doesn’t make sense.) The point is, I know how annoying they can be when done wrong, and I don’t want to bother anyone.

As things currently stand, I plan to only send an email when:

  1. A new story/book comes out
  2. There are Advance Reader Copies available
  3. I have a free book promotion

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After researching and considering independent publishing, I decided to try taking [Working Title] the traditional publishing route. Even if nothing comes of it, or I grow impatient with waiting, it will be a good learning experience.

So begins Day One of my journey down Traditional Publishing Road.

The day has consisted of gathering names and profiles of agents and agents and more agents.

Fortunately, there is the internet.

Also fortunately, agents need writers, so they’re not too hard to find. Weeding through them and finding the ones that are A.) a good match, and B.) simply good, is a different beast altogether.