Getting the Word Out

If you’re an indie author like me, you’ll already have made the discovery that ‘Write it and they will come’ does not work. It will never work.

It doesn’t matter how good your writing is: how gripping your plots, relatable your characters, polished your prose. Your writing will languish unread, unless you find ways to get readers to clap eyes on it.

Fortunately I like a challenge, and I like learning new stuff, so this doesn’t bother me much. In the past year, I’ve had more than a few ‘Eureka!’ flashes of inspiration which quickly turned to ‘Meh …’ realisations. I pick myself up, dust myself off and try something else.

… but also I keep doing what I’m doing – constantly refining and trying to do it better. Building an audience requires dedication and commitment. It ain’t gonna happen over night.

Who needs video games to keep them entertained? This stuff is FUN!

For some time now, I’ve been intrigued by the potential of Substack. If you’re not familiar with it, Substack is a platform for creating newsletters and building a subscriber list.

I like to write stories in episodes, so the newsletter model really appeals to me. There’s the discipline of publishing to a set schedule, and the promise of building a base of readers who really want to connect with me.

Finally, I’ve decided that the time is right to launch Tall and Tiny Tales. Each Tuesday, starting 1 February 2022, I will publish one short story or serial episode. There will also be occasional podcasts and other goodies.

Right now, it’s entirely free to subscribe. Further down the line I’ll consider the possibility of adding premium content for paying subscribers.

Please go take a look – and if you like what you see, you could always sign up. Did I mention, it’s free?

And don’t forget to tell your friends 😉

Featured image by Mikael Kristenson on Unsplash

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