“Get Personal”

Since I am an Indie Author, marketing isn’t something that comes free. I’ve been researching like a mad woman on the cheapest and easiest ways to do such things. I have multiple accounts spanning from Twitter, Facebook, Author Amazon, Goodreads, my own webpage, and here (WordPress). All of these has been blasting information about my book and loaded with excerpts. No complaints — someone has to do the work.

The one thing I keep coming across is, “Don’t just post about your book, make it personal,” or some variation there of. I never really like this comment. When an author writes a book — especially fiction — they are being as personal as anyone could ever be. It’s the same with any form of art, the creator puts a little part themselves to give it magic. That’s the sacrifice. I created a book with multiple characters and I am connected to every one of them. I also am connecting with the reader by creating a world and the events that happen within them.

I get it, though. Don’t just be a spam bot and shove the book in your face. It just annoys me a little. Carry on.

I wrote some of the second book last night and had to kill off a character. It was heartbreaking and I nearly cried through the whole thing. Especially when I wrote:

Unable to speak, she softly kissed his blood drenched head and collapsed while hunched, protecting him with her death.

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Erika Damn Castle!

I've always been told that I'm an adventurous girl and I cannot deny any of it. I would love to see the world and experience all of the stories it has to tell me. I am a child of the arts, developing my senses in music, painting, sketching, crafting, et cetera. But writing... it was a talent I believe I was born with. I'm not saying I'm an amazing (grammatically correct) author, just that I'm a natural storyteller. I can remember from the time that I learned how to read and write, I was eager to create my own world. I would scribble out tons of poems and short stories, then forcibly share them with my family (or even with my classmates). One of those stories resulted in the creation of this blog. Black Tears. As a child with an already wild imagination, I would always have these equally crazy dreams. One of those dreams was so vivid, that I awoke in the middle of the night and jotted down everything I could remember. From that point, the dream evolved into a poem, then a short story, and then to a complete story. It is the fruit of my 20 year procrastinating labor, and has been published into a book (the first of its series). Tune in to stay updated on the growth of myself as an author and the series. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have loved creating it! XX , Erika

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