I’ve immersed myself in querying CHERRY and ALBERT and sometimes it’s frustrating. I feel pulled a thousand different ways and I put so much pressure on myself to get it right.
So yesterday, I wrote a blog about querying.
I thought writing about the demands and frustrations inherent to the querying process might touch a nerve with other writers. I thought writers might pop in, perhaps be moved to add their two cents to the mix, commiserate and whatnot. I thought, Surely, other writers have felt this same way. Surely they know what I’m talking about. We have a connection. . .
Thus far I’ve made two connections that I know of. My issue isn’t with them–not by a hair or a smidgeon. My issue is with this blog: the viability, or maybe the validity, of this little blog. See, I’ve been trying to focus less on kkellie. . .
. . .and connect more with my readers. I say I’ve been trying. I think I have. Regardless, I don’t know if it’s working. I’m thinking, not so much.
Whilst querying, I’ve come across a number of literary agents who profess to seeking out a potential client’s social network. Twitter. Blogs. Websites. They’re looking for evidence that the writer is putting herself out there, can and will champion her own work, do her own part to get that work sold; that the writer isn’t a nut, or an ass, or a royal pain in one. They want evidence that the writer has a solid platform, that she can and does communicate and connect effectively with readers. After all, that’s the key to selling novels, right?
So, taking a long, hard look at my blog through that lens, how successful have I been?
According to the stats, not very. This isn’t a whine, cry for sympathy or anything like that. Just stating a fact. Here are some more: I have over sixty official followers of this little blog (and I thank every last one of them). Of that group, there are some folks, like Jen and Mrs Fringe, who stop by pretty regularly. God, I appreciate the hell out of them.
You listening, you guys??? But in all honesty, I would say that maybe twenty percent of this blog’s followers–if that–accounts for 95% of comments made.
Thinking now about those smart and savvy literary agents who regularly check out prospective clients’ social networks. What would this little blog say about this writer? Somehow, I need to make this blog more user-friendly, more inviting. More controversial, maybe. Or intellectually stimulating. More entertaining. More about writing, about the process of writing, the craft, more about others who do it every single day, who slog through despite the setbacks, and who triumph every now and again. More about my fellow writers and less about kkellie and her personal experiences. Which might matter a heck of a lot to her, but to others out in cyberspace–those folks she hopes to connect with; needs to connect with. . .