Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hey there! Remember me?

So I've become that author.

The one who blogs only when she has a new book release or something big to announce.

Six years ago, I blogged daily about everything from garage porn to peeling bananas with my toes. I had a surprisingly devoted group of readers for someone whose first book was still a year away, and I took time to reply to every single comment.

Times have changed.

Well, I still post daily with dick jokes and details of my own social awkwardness, but I do it on Facebook now. While I used to tweet dozens of times a day, I'm lucky if I hit Twitter a couple times a week now. Prize giveaways and book announcements happen mostly in my newsletter (you can subscribe here), which didn't exist six years ago.

Some of this is a matter of changes in social media. The marketing geek in me knows blogs aren't as popular as they were six years ago, and I'm hardly the only author who flocked Facebook as a better way to reach readers.

Some of it's just life. Six years ago, I was in a different marriage with no kids and an expectation that life would continue pretty much the same way. Today I'm happily remarried with two awesome stepkids whose presence in my world is a daily source of amazement. If you'd told me in 2010 that this would be my life now, I would have assumed you were under the influence of a strong hallucinogenic drug.

Six years ago, I was a weird career limbo between a December 2009 layoff and my October 2010 hire as the part-time PR manager for my local tourism bureau. I was essentially a stay-at-home writer, which was weird for someone who wouldn't see her first book on shelves for another year.

I still have that day job, even though I've reached a point where I could live on the author thing if I wanted to. I don't want to. My long road to reach this place (coupled with the fact that I really, really like my day job) keeps me trucking along, plus regular human interaction keeps me from getting weird.


In any case, it's true my time is more stretched these days. Between kids, a newish marriage, a day job, and a writing career that's seen me crank out 14 books in 5 years, I've dropped a few balls. That's unfortunate, given my fondness for balls.

So this is me, popping in for the first time in three months to say, Hey there! Thanks for reading. Sorry I'm not around much, but I hope we're connecting through at least one of those other channels I mentioned. Oh, and did I tell you I have a new book out?  Kirkus Reviews kinda liked it, calling Now That It's You, "A funny, poignant reminder that the baggage our exes leave can’t stop love from moving us forward.”

You can find the audiobook, eBook, and paperback versions right here.

Either way, thanks for reading. This blog, my books, my Facebook posts, my drugstore receipts . . . whatever rolls your socks up.

Until next time, friends.

1 comment :

Deborah Blake said...

COngrats on the new book (winging its way to me as we speak) and happy anniversary!