When I first began the venture of selling books, I started off with reading Tim Grahl’s book, Your First 1,000 Readers. The book provides budding authors with a sense of direction on how to begin the book selling process. Grahl mentioned that authors should have blogs and he devoted a section of his book to what authors should blog about. Among those things were ‘extra features’ much like DVD/ Blu-rays provide bonus content. Bonus content typically consists of an inside view of the creative process. With motion pictures, this usually consists of a featurette which goes over how the idea behind the movie came about, what did people use as inspiration, the reasoning behind the choice of characters and how they were portrayed, and maybe a blooper reel. What Grahl helped me to realize from his book is that there is a lot of work that my readers don’t get to see that’s put into my books. There are outlines (so many outlines), inspirations behind architecture, decisions on how I decided to portray certain characters, and certain moments that I could share with my readership. With that being said, I’ll be posting extra features about my books. I’ll try to keep the overall story hidden as to not spoil anything for the reader, but I will give away hints and talk about certain aspects of my books. If that is something you’re not interested in, be weary, because I doubt I’m going to put spoiler alert disclaimers everywhere. I’m going to have to ask you to use your better judgment.
I will be featuring posts that have to do with these extras very soon. . . as in the next blog post.