Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Feedback Frenzy



When you put yourself out there, whether it's by blogging or podcasting or publishing your words in some way, you open yourself up to feedback--especially, I think in today's technology-enhanced world. Thanks to the internet, people can voice their opinion on virtually anything, and often voice it anonymously. I think this makes many people bolder and blunter than they'd be if they were expressing themselves in person.

Like anything, there are positives and negatives to all of these blunt opinions flying around cyberspace. If you're trying to decide what kind of web hosting site to subscribe to (which is something I'm shopping around for right now) it's great to read other people's thoughts on the services they use. On the flip side, learning someone's negative opinion about something you've written or said, can be tough to take.

What's prompted this blog entry? Kael, who's asked for comments for awhile now on his Unpublishednotdead blog entries and podcasts, is now getting some and they aren't all filled with praise. I think it's awesome, personally. It shows people are reading and listening and are invested enough in what he's done to take the time to write a comment. But I also know from personal experience, that it can be hard to find out that not everyone thinks everything you do is fabulous.

But it's part of what happens when you share yourself with other people. You have to be willing to hear or read what they have to say about you. And then decide how much of what they have to say you are going to take to heart. Sometimes feedback, even really negative feedback, is exactly what you need to hear to make your work that much better. And sometimes, the person who's giving the feedback is clearly a big jerk who's opinion should be disregarded right into the trash. The tricky part is having the courage and self-confidence to not only let other people say what they'll say about you, but knowing how seriously to take their input.

I'm not worried about Kael. He is getting a following and I think that's so exciting and I know he'll be able to handle all that comes with it!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lots to say, little time to say it



Quick update, you invisible friends of questionable reality.

The print version of Dreaming of Deliverance is underway and should be available in 3 short months!

I recorded a test episode of the podcast version and it went well enough that I'm ready to start recording the book for real. The podcasts should start around the time the print version is available.

There is SO much to learn about all of this. I'm taking it one step at a time, but it gets overwhelming. Next step is to write the back cover copy. Then I take on the intimidating, but oh-so-important task of setting up an author web site, which needs to be up and running once the book and podcasts "go live" (that's podiobook lingo, I think).

Meanwhile, I'm trying to work on my kids' book, I'm subbing an average of a couple of times a week, and doing all the house/kid/wife stuff.

Tired?

Yes.

Stressed?

Yes.

Trying to squeeze too much in?

Probably.

Things should get both easier and harder soon. School is out in less than a month, so no more subbing for a while. But that also means the kids will be home all day every day.

But now at least I can scratch "Update Blog" off my list!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Gotta like validation!




Hey!

I came across this article this morning. It's more validation that going independent can be a viable option.

And both the podcast novel and the print version of Dreaming of Deliverance are getting closer to completion. I'll try to be better about keeping the blog updated on their progress.

Right now I'm working on the cover design and recording the first five episodes.

Exciting times!

More soon!