"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself . . . and spiders." This is a quote on a sweatshirt that was given to me as a gift, and seems to fit me perfectly. I have a story in Hollers From The Hollows about me getting tangled up in the webs of orb spiders - on two occasions. You'd think after the first encounter I would have learned to look out for them. I act out my attempts to free myself from the lairs, and the audience bursts out laughing (as they are supposed to). My storytelling group now refers to me as Dances With Spiders. Smart alecks. It's all fun and games until you have a fat orb monster crawling up your face and into your hair. Web on face and spider on head equals sheer terror. Sheer terror!
I've been to several seminars and conferences where writers talk about marketing and publicity. While it's true that authors have to be active in getting their work noticed through social and traditional media, it really all comes back to the story. The story is the key. When it's good, people will like it. When people like it, they tend to offer advice on how to market. When people offer advice, some of it is really good and works for you. When it works for you, sales increase. When sales increase, confidence rises. Success is what we all strive for on a daily basis.
Greg is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. He has penned articles for newspapers and magazines and authored two books to date.