(Why am I starting a blog?)
As a self-published author, slowly learning the marketing side of the trade brings me to blogging. Through my research, one of the most common pieces of advice I have come across for self-published writers is a blog on your website. At first, I thought that was not for me because "What would I blog about?" But, I took my time and researched the idea, and the answer came to me: "Anything I can turn into a story, I can blog about." This piece is my first blog post, and I must say blogging has been an interesting and sometimes challenging experience for me mainly because I am primarily used to writing novel-length stories.
(A little about myself and the day I officially became a writer.)
I'm an author writing under the pen name Vince Salvatore. My first novel North of the Dead released on October 22nd, 2020, just past midnight. It is a story about a zombie apocalypse that takes place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, during a harsh winter. As I was writing, I imagined for years that the release of my first novel would be a momentous occasion. I wanted to have a little party at a restaurant or a local bookstore carrying my book. However, the reality was far from what I imagined. In short, I remember it being a long and stressful day.
I had to email and call back and forth, coordinating with my publishing consultant as I struggled to stay awake. I did not know it was not as simple as pressing a button for a novel to go live. Then, of course, due to COVID, there was no party. Not at all, what I had imagined. Thinking about it now, many other independent writers probably have a similar story.
I will be dividing the blog into four parts. First, my experiences as a writer. Second stories. Specifically, short stories and ongoing stories. Third sports. I find there is always something interesting happening in the world of sports. The fourth and last category will be about culture and literature. I hope to entertain through my writing.