Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sleeping With the Enemy (Again)

     Some of you may recall that back in the hoary old days when we had to walk 10 miles through blizzards 365 days a year to get to school, uphill both ways, I was on Facebook. I think I dropped out by the summer of 2011 or 2012 when I kept getting suspended for weeks at a time, presumably, for things I wasn't even doing. And in all this time, I hadn't missed the Blue Nowhere, as I'd come to call it, for a nanosecond, even though Mrs. JP swears by it and looks at Zuckerberg's theft from Harvard as an invaluable tool for staying in touch with family and friends.
     Yet, although it hadn't proven as such for yours truly then and especially now, Facebook is theoretically also a valuable tool for marketing books by indie authors such as myself. I realized, after years of wasted time and effort, that Twitter is a shitty marketing tool in its own right. In fact, just a week ago my main book and writing account got shadowbanned, presumably, because I'd had the effrontery to use the #sundayreads hashtag in connection with my own titles.
     Which is something that countless writers use on all days of the week used in the -reads series of hashtags. I also slowly came to the realization that literary agents Google authors who submit properties to them to see if they have an internet footprint, some kind of a marketing platform. And, for years, my sole marketing platform has been a useless site called Twitter. So, to this end, I'd decided to set up Tumblr and Facebook accounts under an assumed name.
     Since my stats checker confirms for me that I'm still being visited by my stalker(s) on a daily basis, I won't divulge the names or URLs of those accounts. But if you write to me and if I recognize you, I'll email you with that information so I don't get followed and trolled by said stalker(s). And if you know me, then you'll already know my email address.
     I hate to do this in such a hugger mugger fashion but this is what stalkers and right wing trolls have reduced me to, including shutting down the comments section of this blog for the foreseeable future. So you have these people to thank for the subterfuge to which I've been reduced. But I insist on widening my marketing platform on at least a cosmetic basis so that agents won't get the wrong impression that I wouldn't take the marketing phase very seriously.
     On another note:
     My birthday's tomorrow. As I'm not looking forward to turning 58, it'd sure brighten my day if some of you bought my paperbacks. https://www.createspace.com/4076183 https://www.createspace.com/4220601 https://www.createspace.com/4633360 https://www.createspace.com/5609260 https://www.createspace.com/5920087 https://www.createspace.com/6782677
     Or, if you insist on doing Kindle, here are the URLs:
https://www.amazon.com/Tatterdemalion.../dp/B00WH7IFM4
https://www.amazon.com/American-Zen-Robert.../dp/B00AHXZ7Q2
https://www.amazon.com/The-Toy-Cop-ebook/dp/B00APSB4SY
https://www.amazon.com/Misanthropes-Manual.../dp/1483954579
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B011ZJ0YM8
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1QX3S5

5 Comments:

At January 18, 2017 at 1:34 PM, Anonymous Anton said...

My spouse purchased "The Misanthrope's Manual" for me since I've been a fan of Bierce since puberty. Hope you get a good response from this post, JP.

 
At January 18, 2017 at 2:18 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

"Spouse"? When did you get hitched?

No, this is the only book I sold around my birthday.

 
At January 25, 2017 at 7:28 AM, Anonymous Anton said...

Hitched decades ago. Afraid she bought it through the dreaded Kindle...

 
At January 25, 2017 at 9:54 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

I thought you were another Anton that I know. We get together sometimes when he's in town. Now I'm wondering how many other comments you've written in the past that I thought were written by my former cop friend Tony Wilson.

How do you like the dictionary, so far?

 
At January 25, 2017 at 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anton said...

Awesome!

 

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