I’m wishing a happy Easter to friends and family.
Notice anything strange about the chart below? It’s a snapshot of authors on Goodreads (Amazon’s reader’s club) that shows an author’s overall rating along with the # of ratings as of 3/27/2018.
Good news! Your humble author here rings in at a 4.06 overall rating – just behind Nora Roberts but well ahead of a bunch of well-known, heavy-weight wordsmiths. I find this encouraging and it imbues me with a raging urge to go forth and create new prose.
But . . . my enthusiasm is tempered by the other side of the report: I have a miniscule number of ratings. Apparently, relatively few people have heard of this M.D. Grayson character, even though he apparently writes a damn fine novel. This needs fixing. Somehow, I have to get in front of a much bigger audience.
Digging deeper, I note that of all the authors on the list, only one is a self-published “Indie”: you guessed it – it’s me. Every one of the other authors in this survey is published by a “big name” publisher. Which means every one of these other authors has a big-time marketing budget standing behind their writing efforts. Alas – I do not. So, assuming that I’m not going to get a surprise call from Random House in the next hour or so, I have to find another way to fix this problem. Here’s my plan.
First, I’ve begun a Patreon campaign in hopes of being able to write full time and have more funds to pour into a sustained marketing effort. People who help by pledging a small contribution each month get cool rewards, plus the satisfaction of knowing you helped launch a new literary career. Click on the “Become a Patron” button below to find out how you can help for as little as $1 per month. It will be much appreciated.
Second, I’ll be starting another crowdfunding campaign called a Kickstarter campaign for each new release – the first to start in a couple of months. These funds will be used to pay for professional editors, cover artists, plus to fund an aggressive new-release marketing campaign.
Third, I’ve recently revamped my website and my Facebook page and I’ve made a resolution to be much more active on social media so that people will know what’s going on in M.D. Grayson’s world.
Finally, I’m going to attempt to write three or four new novels a year. The buzz that accompanies a new release is very valuable – I’d like it to occur several times a year.
It’s my hope that in doing all these things (and more as I think of them), I can begin to bridge the marketing gap between myself and “the big guys.” Then, hopefully more and more people will hear about M.D. Grayson (and buy my novels!).
Spring’s here so it’s out with the old, in with the new. First off, though, here’s an update on the latest Danny Logan mystery – I say “mystery”, but technically, The Seattle Shuffle is a “caper”. Think “Danny Logan and crew” meet The Sting (at least that’s what I hope you’ll think after you’ve read it!). Shuffle has been through the first round of developmental editing (thanks, Beth J.) and I’m working hard on it now. It should be ready for release this summer – been a long time coming. I’ll turn loose more information as it gets closer.
Now – on to the the M.D. Grayson Spring Renewal Project.
First, it starts with a committment to do two things. 1) I’m going to communicate better. I want to post a blog article weekly and a Facebook post even more often than that. 2) I’m going to step up my delivery pace. It’s been a l-o-n-g time between novels. (more on this below).
Second, I hadn’t updated my website in about four years and it was really starting to look a little “long in the tooth”. So, as step one of the “M.D. Grayson spring renewal project”, I’ve built an entirely new site. It not only looks better, more importantly, it provides easier access to the books and other information. Stop by and check it out at www.mdgrayson.com.
Third, I’ve started a Patreon campaign so that I can get back to full time writing – you can get more information on the new website in the “Indies” section. or by clicking here:
Finally, I’ll be updating my Facebook page in the next day or so.. I’ve made a new resolution to post regularly.. You can reach it at www.facebook.com/mdgraysonauthorpage
Thanks! Talk to you next week.