On a recent post I mentioned that I had been presented with a possible opportunity to work with someone who has the ability to whip my sites and my books and my online presence and my brand all into shape. The problem is that I’m good at writing and creating, but not so great at selling and marketing. I’m not an SEO person. I can build a website, but I don’t know how to funnel traffic to it. I can write and illustrate a book. I can put it up on Amazon, but I can’t make it stand out among all the other millions of books out there.
After some noodling and weighing of options, I decided to go for the opportunity. So I’m pleased and excited and happy to announce that in the very near future I will be represented by Crystal Gator. That’s the name of the company, not the name of the woman I’ve been in discussions with. Her name is Mechelle. But Crystal Gator would be an awesome name for a character in a story — she would be the no-nonsense bar owner with a heart of gold living on the bayou in Louisiana.
Anyway, the next several months promise to be very exciting and very busy. I will be doing a lot of writing, including work that will have me expanding into areas and genres other than what I typically do. Mechelle has big plans for me. And, like I said in my prior post, I’m a little nervous about it.
My current process is to take care of whatever paid work I have pending. That’s my must-do list. Then I’m free to blog or work on my children’s stories or do some animation … or not. My time is my own once I get my client’s work taken care of. Now I won’t have the luxury of puttering and lollygagging. It sounds like I’m going to have something to do pretty much all of the time.
But as much as I’m nervous about being overwhelmed or falling behind or failing, I’m also looking forward to getting started. I’d like to see my Raspberry Sassafras books get some attention. They’re good stories and it’s a shame no one is reading them. I’d love to see more people finding this site when they’re searching for freelance writers. I want to expand my horizons and start putting my name on some other types of work. And, I also know that once we begin the process and I find my groove, I’ll lose some of the “what if?” anxiety I’m feeling now.
I think this is going to be a great partnership that will have an all-around positive outcome, and I’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date on my adventures with @CrystalGator1 in my posts over the coming months.