Hi – this is my first post – and it’s a curious feeling, writing something and pinging it out into the ether. In the past when I’ve written things – for newspapers, story anthologies and so on, I’ve more or less known who I was writing for – who the audience is. This feels different in so much as it is for everyone and no-one.
In the past it has never occurred to me to write a blog – or be on facebook or on twitter. I’m doing all those things now. It’s basically because I want to do the best I can for my novel – Song of the Sea God – which is due out in Summer 2012 through the independent publisher Skylight Press. I feel I owe it to the publishers, who have had faith in me and my work, to do the best I can to promote the book. But I also feel I owe it to the book. It’s a piece of work I believe in and which I think deserves to be read. I certainly don’t think that about everything I write!
As I say, I started taking part in these social media activities because I had a specific reason for doing so – but I am finding out that there are lots of spin off benefits. On facebook, for example, I’m chatting to people I haven’t spoken to in years – old friends who I lost touch with because that’s what happens in life but who it’s a great pleasure to catch up with again. I’m also meeting new people – there and on twitter, who are writers, or who care about writing, and that’s a great pleasure too.