Sunday, January 10, 2010

The start

My mystery novel DRINK THE TEA has a publication date of March 2, 2010. So it's time to get busy.

Really, really busy.

This reminds me of the two gents who wanted to plant an apple tree. Even though it was the dead of night, one of them was out on the lawn, digging an enormous hole in the dark.

His friend came up, shivering in the cold, his breath condensing into clouds as he said, "Are you mad? It's the middle of the night."

The one with the shovel paused to say, "We both want apples from the tree, right?"

"Yes, but it takes years for a tree to produce apples."

"Exactly. There's not one day to lose!"

So it is with blogging, part of the holy trinity of social networking (along with Facebook and Twitter). Sure, I could put this off indefinitely. In fact, I'm extremely good at procrastination. Did you know there's a national award given to the biggest procrastinator in the USA? I plan to enter, one of these days...

In the meantime, I'm working hard on the debut of DRINK THE TEA.

Website? Check.

Facebook page? Check.

Blog? Check.

Twitter? Well...not quite yet.

When I was writing this puppy I had no idea there would be so much to do in terms of letting folks know about my book. It's easy to see why full-time writers spend up to 80% of their time on getting the word out.

For someone like me, a full-time cinematographer, it's a bit of a stretch. Let me know if you have any suggestions about juggling my duties as cameraman, writer, husband, and father of two.

Seriously -- help!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Tom. Blogging is a huge commitment. I know (mine's In contrast, Twitter takes 5 seconds to set up, and you can send out tweets about your book in seconds. I fought the idea for ages, now recommend it highly.

    Excited to read the book!