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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 10:30PM
Freddie Owens in Indie Publishing, Marketing, Then Like The Blind Man

Check Out The BookHello everybody. This is yours truly, Freddie Owens, coming to you from the blogosphere, which in reality is an oversized closet with squares of burgundy foam glued to the walls for sound absorption. That's it, that's what the blogosphere is, or at least how I imagine it to be all over the world, closets everywhere populated by The Lone Rangers of Hope and Fear, i.e., bloggers of the existential and the mundane, of the profound, the funny and the 'give me a break'. Anyway - this is my first post, inspired by the need to get the message out about my debut novel Then Like the Blind Man / Orbie's Story. After many years of 'almost' and 'no' or 'yes but we wouldn't know how to market it' from agents and publishers alike, I've opted for 'certainly' and 'yes' instead, taking all my marbles to Amazon's Independent Publisher's Assistant, Createspace, which has become Blind Sight Publication's home base (sort of).

Things have been moving along at a pace that would make a tortoise appear a hare, in terms of sales that is. But it's early - and so I remain cautiously optimistic. The reviews have been exceedingly positive, a good thing, and that lends encouragement. The staff at The San Francisco Book Review picked 'Then Like the Blind Man' as one of 2012's best books and gave it a five star review. It also garnered five star reviews at ForeWord Reviews online magazine and atMy book was released just one month ago on November 15th, 2012 and so far, is inching Bestsellersworld.com.  The few customers who have read the book also give it five stars. Family and friends loved it, of course. My Mom is loving it. She's 90 and can't see well enough to read so my sister is reading it to her. My Dad procrastinates whenever it comes to reading anything - but that's par for the coarse (he's approaching 90 and loves to watch tv).

Plans for getting more exposure for the book include 'give aways' on Good Reads, posting audio podcasts of the book - chapter by chapter with musical loops and sound effects - to Podiobooks and making the Kindle version free to readers worldwide for a limited time. This is all coming in the not-to-distant-future. I'll try to discuss issues related to these ventures as they arise in future blog entries and encourage anyone to comment or offer other ideas or advice on how to proceed with the selling of a book. I've got business cards and postcards with the book's cover art and plan to do a few public readings. I have ads running in a couple of places. What else? Radio interviews? TV? How does one get to be featured in these mediums? Exposure. Exposure. Exposure. I think that's the name of the game. I do have a page on Facebook and am always looking for new 'likes' and friends. 

Publishing independently can be fun, exciting and excrutiatingly frustrating, not to mention a lot of hard work. So many social networks, so little time! 

It took me some 14 years to get Then Like the Blind Man / Orbie's Story into print. I believe it's a good book and worthy of exposure. This - and this alone - keeps me at it.

Anybody out there have anything to say about any of this? Please let me know. I'd very much like to hear from you.

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