Note: This post is one in a series where I give a more expanded set of thank yous to folks who were influential in helping me to write my new book, Kotov Syndrome. I wanted to keep the acknowledgments section of the book short, so as to keep printing costs down, but I also have a lot more to say than what I said in the book. Thus, we have this series.
Of the three posts I plan on writing to thank the various people who have helped me as I worked to write this book, this is the one I have the least amount of a plan for. This is partly because I’ve been thinking about the other two posts — both the one that went up on Monday and the one that will be going up on Friday — for much longer than I’ve been mulling this one over in my head. But it’s also because I really don’t want to miss anyone in this post. Of the posts I’ll be writing, this one casts the broadest brush. And I’m bound to miss someone. Hell, that’s part of the reason I chose to do these thank you posts on my blog rather than making them part of my book — I can always go back and edit the post to add someone in case I forgot them1Well, that and printing costs. Monday’s post alone was 1,400 words. I really don’t want to add 5,000 or so words to my book, particularly when I’m already looking at running a loss on it unless I suddenly sell all the copies ever..
I am not Mr. Social Media Person. I’ve been on Twitter under a couple of different accounts since 2008 or so. But other than that, I’ve largely been absent from social media for a long time. I went nearly nine years without having a Facebook account. My LinkedIn exists, but I log into it maybe once a quarter. I had an Ello once upon a time. Remember Ello2No one does.? Aside from Twitter, the last social media platform I really frequented was Twenty Something Bloggers. Fun fact: that site is where I met the editor for Kotov Syndrome…but we’ll talk more about her Friday.
I want to begin this set of thank yous by calling out the folks who have been involved in my Twitter choose your own adventure story, Project Tasman. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post here, that story wasn’t intended to become a massive project. At best, I’d planned to write the story over the course of a month or so and leave it at that. If you look at the story on Wattpad now, it’s well over 50,000 words and has turned into a piece that I’m really proud of. The amount of confidence that working through Project Tasman has given me cannot be understated, both with that project itself, as well as when it comes to being proud of the work that I did on Kotov Syndrome. To that end, I want to thank Amanda, Bella, Casey, Courteney, Darci, Dem, Evey, Joan, Lexi, Lola, Ondrea, Rebecca, Steve, Tina, my wife, and anyone else I might have missed who voted on the polls for the story. Your interactions, debate, and interest in that story gave me a ton of confidence in my ability both as a writer and as a storyteller.
While I haven’t been back on Facebook long — I’ve frankly tried to avoid being back on it the past few years because it’s kind of a cesspool, but at the same time, I know there’s value to having one to be able to promote your work if you’re a writer — there are a few folks on there who have really helped me get the word about my work out there on that platform. When you’re on a big-ish platform like LinkedIn, Twitter, or the like, but not Facebook, you tend to forget how big Facebook’s reach really is. When I shared my book’s cover announcement, I got roughly 10-15 clicks on it from Twitter, which is massive for when I share stuff on there. I got that many from Facebook in the first hour. All this despite the fact that I had roughly 30 friends on Facebook at the time compared with ~250 followers on Twitter. Social media’s weird, yo3The fact that you HAVE to be on social media to be a successful self-published author, at least from a sales standpoint, has made me seriously consider quitting writing at various points in the past. Some as recently as between the announcement of this book and these posts going up.. That said, thank you so much to Alice, Amanda, Andrew, Ann, Anna, Brittany, Casey, Charles, Cherie, Courteney, David, Dem, Evey, Fay, Katie, Jennifer, Jeremy, Joe, Joe4Yes, there are two Joes., Jon, Jon5Yep. Two Jons too., Lola, Marisa, Pat, Rebecca, Stephanie, and others who have helped get eyes on my work — even if it is on social media platform that I still find super sketchy, but that has benefits too.
Finally, I want to take a moment to thank the folks who did direct work for Kotov Syndrome. I called most of them out in the book acknowledgments, but they deserved to be mentioned here as well. I had a wonderful group of beta readers who helped provide me with helpful, targeted feedback, allowing me to make some final tweaks to the story. Thank you to Evey, Katie, Stetson, Tabitha, Tina, and my wife for providing feedback before I made the final edits to my story. Additionally, I want to thank CG for helping me take my book blurb from something boring to something decidedly less boring (read: awesome). My book and author blurbs were the bane of my existence with my first book. Of all the things I could do myself with this book, this was definitely one of the most helpful to bring someone else in on. There has also been some awesome fan art created for the book to this point. That includes this piece that was created by Katie Van Munster depicting Erika during an early morning drive. For those who read the book, this scene takes place in the beginning of chapter 4.
As I mentioned in mid-2020, I also owe a massive debt of gratitude to Lauren for her work on the cover, spine, and back cover art for Kotov Syndrome. I did a post about the front cover art, but if you pick up a paperback copy of the book, you’ll see how awesome the print version’s back cover and spine are. Finally, I’d like to thank my cat for quality testing the softness of each paperback proof I received. Per popular demand, a picture of what a cat testing a book might look like has been added to this post.
I’ll have another set of thank yous coming on Friday. That said, I’m sure I’ve forgotten someone somewhere along the way on this post. If so, I assure you it’s not intentional — unless it was because I’ll be mentioning you Friday.
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