This was quite the frightening endeavor for me as, even though I am in my 30s, I had been strictly against social media of any sort. It was definitely a small fish in a VERY, VERY large pond sort of scenario when I first started out! Even now I can’t believe that people actually wanted to read what I was writing! I’ve actually figured out things like adding videos, and how to use a # (though my this was always just a pound symbol!). It’s definitely been a growing experience, and although I still put on my tin foil hat quite frequently, I feel that most of my readers and the blogs that I follow have come to find it endearing… I can only hope!
I decided that pairing my love of books with my love of alcohol, by finding specific drinks to pair with the book that I’m reading would be something fun to set me apart from the other Book Blogs out there… and give me an excuse to have a tipple now and again!!
My blog has expanded from there to occasional celebrations of National Food and Drink Days, my Far Side Friday’s (where I share Gary Larson’s Far Side cartoons with everyone), and my Game On! Saturday’s where I review some strange and unusual (and every once in a while, triple A) Game titles, from tabletop and Card games, to Video Games!
My inspiration was my hope of getting into the world of Editing. I thought that this blog would call me to the attention of different Authors out there who could help me get my foot in the door. I didn’t realize how much fun I would have doing it! I’ve met so many wonderful people, and met some life long friends while blogging and I am always open to meeting other new and amazing people!
Nicholas C. Rossis blogs about all things books, with an emphasis on book marketing. It all started when he published his first book. As all authors, he was hoping for the world to swiftly recognize the brilliance of his work. That first month, he sold eight copies, all to friends and relatives. The next one, none. He then tried some inspired book marketing, including posting on Facebook a rather pensive picture of him with a piece of paper saying, “please buy my book. It’s only $2.99.” Although that particular post got over 1,000 likes, it generated not a single sale. Coming from an Internet marketing background, Nicholas then realized he had to get serious with book marketing. Four years and fifteen books later, he has sold enough books to buy a jet, which he keeps in the top drawer of his desk. He shares every new trick he learns on his blog, believing you need to help a hundred people find success before you deserve your own. As he loves books and all things pertaining to them, he also blogs on a number of related topics, like writing tips, news from the world of publishing, and free stories. You can find out more about Nicholas on www.nicholasrossis.me
Basically, anything I think people will enjoy reading about.
After I finished writing “Flamenco & the Sitting Cat,” a general fiction novel for adults, I queried high and low for a literary agent and/or a publishing house. 80 queries later have confirmed what any author knows: finding either ain’t easy.
Fortunately, self-publishing gets easier all the time! Best of all, self-publishing doesn’t require agents and traditional publishers.
It does, however, require that I learn to promote my own books. My blog is my exploration of how best to let people sample my writing and sensibility.
McGee Travel Tales is about the different ways to view the world: through travel, books, food, and creative writing. A friend and I were talking over beers one day after work and I got to telling stories. He jokingly said that I should start a blog and the idea stuck, took root, and I started writing. A month or so later I actually started my blog.
I will call it Like I see it was originally created in August, 2011 and has been active since then. I started it because I was searching for a publisher for my third book: I’ll Call It Like I See It – A Lesbian Speaks Out which is a collection of essays addressing contemporary issues ranging from faith to football as well as six essays relating to my discovering a connection with my mother who had Alzheimer’s disease.
One year later I had a publisher and the book was published in November, 2012, but by then I had a group of followers who enjoyed my reflections on the vicissitudes of life so the blog lived on after publication. In addition to the traditional essay topics on current events, music and poetry and other literature are often my inspiration for posts. I once wrote a series of romance stories based on post cards from the 1920s and 30s. A letter from a soldier to his mother in 1918 was a starting point on one of my more popular posts. One of the most unusual posts was a love story between a Texas woman and her prize bull (sorry – not THAT kind of love story). A beautiful sunset can inspire a post.
I also have an inspirational quotes posted on the site. I refresh this periodically. Some readers notice and appreciate it.
I’ll Call It Like I See Itis unique because the topics are relevant to any reader but they are seen through the eyes of a seasoned Southern woman who continues the tradition of good Texas storytellers with a lesbian flair.
The tone is personal – often intimate – and conversational which makes it compelling. Imagine sitting with an old friend in rocking chairs on the front porch of her home on a quiet street in a small town in Texas. You rock and talk about love, faith, grief, comfort, joy, peace and Elvis. Maybe even Garth Brooks. The more you talk and rock, the more the stresses of your life are lessened just a little bit for a brief moment when you stop by I’ll Call it Like I See It.