Rainy Day Thoughts & Indie Book Marketing

So much for the pool. Maybe later I guess. Instead, I’ve been tossing around ideas and concepts with regards to indie authors and book marketing.

I have seen a whole lot of hurdles, not just for me but for other indie authors, with regards to even getting your book in front of other people. I do recognize that this is coming from a narrow perspective and I’ve probably just not yet found the right groups or people to give me a better perspective, so this is potentially a bit skewed.

I’ve seen a lot of talk about supporting other indie authors. As I’ve mentioned before, this tends to be a bit cliquish. Authors tend to support other authors in their own genres or those they are friends with. If you don’t fit into one of those two areas, you don’t get that support (and I don’t entirely disagree with this). You also see a lot of groups dedicated to supporting all indie authors without regards to genre, but they seem to only have indie author followings.

Another side of this lovely book marketing coin is the readers, which seem to be left out of the equation. Not all authors read all genres. Some authors may not even be readers (this kind of breaks my brain but it is a truth). So why are all of these groups and support systems targeting only other indie authors? Why are they not attempting to connect those authors with readers or book bloggers who have an interest in the genres for the books they are trying to promote? Those are the ones that genuinely have the ability to get a book noticed.

If you were to look at this from just about any other business marketing standpoint, this system wouldn’t make sense. You wouldn’t cultivate support and a following for say video games among other video game manufacturers, because they aren’t going to be the ones buying your games. You would want to connect with the gamers.

That isn’t to say an indie author should not support another author, just that it kind of feels a little like barking up the wrong tree. Like that whole support system is unbalanced and energy is too heavily focused in the wrong area.

The idea that there should be some way to somehow create a group of both readers/book bloggers and indie authors and pair them together based on genre interests is something I’d absolutely love to pursue. The problem with that, for me at least, is one of the same roadblocks I have with marketing my own book. That is the lack of connections to get it all off the ground. That and I am struggling to find bloggers that are willing to even look at indie books and authors.

I’d love to find out if it is even possible or if others, from either the indie author side or the book blogger side, would even be interested in a set up like this, if they felt like it would be of use to them. If you have thoughts or suggestions, please chime in!

 

 

Rain Speckled Iris

I have Irises blooming. Not all of them yet, but a few. I love the color variations in this one. It is so vivid and eye catching. Irises are some of my favorite to photograph because there are so many different interesting parts, especially once you get close. Fair warning, there will be lots more Iris images in the days to come, when I’m not going insane getting things done in prep for recital or running BG to a million events.

Between The Rains

Yesterday was kind of nasty, with rain most of the day. We did have a very brief period where the rain not only stopped, but the sun came out and we got some really pretty blue skies. Of course I took advantage and ran out to try and get some pictures. This one is one of my favorites, though I have so many, it is impossible to pick. I think it is the first time I’ve ever managed to get such a strong reflection inside a water drop. I have a few others that came out as cool, but I’m saving them.

This latest round of pictures put me just over 300 images on my photo print site!

Rain Means Raindrop Photos

With the last couple of days being mostly rainy with periods of dry, I spent a crazy amount of time crawling around on my front sidewalk taking pictures of raindrops. My elbows are so not thanking me today. There were so many images that turned out amazing, there is absolutely no way I could pick a favorite. I ended up uploading over 40 new images to my photo print site, and all but like 5 of them are rain drop images.

I’m just fascinated with all the various different ways you can look at water drops and what they do. I really love some of the really interesting reflections you can get inside each individual drop.

While I chose each of the ones I uploaded for various different reasons, the one below, almost didn’t make the cut because it was actually a bit of a mistake. It isn’t as clean as a lot of my other images or as in focus, but the more I looked at it, the more I really loved the softness and the color in it. When I uploaded it to the site, it looked amazing on all the product options.

Raindrops On Leaves
Raindrops On Leaves

One of the things that attracts me to macro photography is the ability to get really crisp and sharp details that you don’t normally see without the aid of that macro lens or smashing something against your face, but that is the beauty of photography as an art form. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Some of my favorite images are ones with things that would normally be considered flaws, but those flaws are what give it that something special that makes it so different and interesting.

Waterlogged

I love taking pictures of things that have been drenched in rain because water does such cool stuff when it forms drops. That said, I could really do without the 6+ inches of rain we’ve had over the last few days. I could absolutely do without the storms still coming that will be bringing more of the same over the next couple of days.

Bragging Rights

Today is one of those bittersweet moments of being a parent. A moment when you see your child in the middle of a transition from one part of their life to the next. Today, I watched BG graduate from 8th grade and I’m just overflowing with emotions. Mostly pride, because my girl is just amazing and I got to see proof that I’m not the only one that thinks so.

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