So, ‘Little Girl’ officially comes out today, although Amazon has been a nightmare to deal with, and made the paper back available before final proofs were approved. This meant that an excited friend messaged me to let me know she’d been able to order it early, thinking I would be excited. Oh dear. Luckily, I was able to get into contact with Amazon and make sure no copies were sent out before the finally update had been made.
Of course, this wasn’t the only hiccup on the way. I shared news of my book dropping to my TikTok page, which I don’t utilize very often. I’ve had two different videos go viral and semi-viral. I have a large-ish following that watches me do…nothing, most of the time. I’m grateful people liked the content I made, but I don’t have any interest in being TikTok famous. The platform isn’t very engaging to me, and short-burst content doesn’t really work for anything I say or create.
But I figured with a book coming out, it might be worth using the platform to promote, since I recently fell out with the friends I had that would usually help me promote these things. Turns out, it was not worth using my platform there. Somehow I got thrown onto some sort of middle school bullying ring who noticed my speech impediment and sent my videos to their friends, who sent them to their friends, who sent them to their friends…you can imagine how that went.
Now, I’m 25, I’m more than capable of brushing off most cyber-bullying nonsense, but hundreds of DMs telling me my book would never sell and I sound silly when I talk…yeah, I’d be lying if I said that had zero effect. God, children suck sometimes. Tumblr is trying to be Twitter, Twitter is trying to self destruct, Facebook is…Facebook, and TikTok is filled with mean toddlers. Maybe I’ll make some business cards and try that old fashioned face-to-face communication grandpappy used to talk about. /j
In all seriousness, I’m still excited to launch my first book. Scathing reception or not, Amazon calls me an (Author) and that’s cool as hell.
The Kindle edition should be live, and the paperback is now available! I just got my final copies Wednesday and I’m in love. There is nothing quite like holding a book you wrote in your own two hands. It’s awesome. Successful or not, I’ll always be happy I got myself together and made this.
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