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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My wrists and eyes are burning as I wrap up this final-ish edit of my novella The Humid, so I took a short break to see how my short story, The Masq, is doing on Amazon.

Not great. Not even good, actually.

But I’m neither surprised nor disappointed. It’s a short story, and the only written work by an unknown author, on a website with nearly fifty million books.

I clicked my way over to Goodreads, just to see if there had been any activity there. Two people gave it a rating, four stars and five stars. That made me grin.

But what made me smile was the review that one of them left.

Short, interesting and beautifully written.
This was much more than short story.

This was much more than a review. It made the pain in my arms secondary, and galvanized me to get this edit finished. Thank you, random guy who read my book.

There are only two periodicals where I plan to submit my novella, so perhaps The Humid will be available on Amazon fairly soon.