Having launched Dead Heads, and failed to grasp the finer points of marketing, or essentially selling a book, I’ve reached the conclusion that I’m out of my depth. Dead Heads is edited, had good reviews, and it’s not something that ‘should’ drown in what I consider to be a never ending quagmire of repetitive generic fiction spawn from people’s efforts to mimic the most recent YA best-seller turned hollywood blockbuster, or erotic copy-cat fiction. I guess bitterness is settling in quite nicely now.
I’ve been toying with the idea of doing something different with my current works in progress. Mixed multimedia, words, sound, artwork, mixed together in some format has always been something I’ve been interested in. Unfortunately, I’m barely above average in the areas involving technical expertise so it’s going to be some time before I’ve managed to learn the things I want to be able to do.
At the same time I’ve been looking at virtual volunteering. I live outside of my native country and I’m in the process of gearing up for another move even further abroad. Given my propensity for travel I’m keen to find something I can be involved in that doesn’t require me to be in a set location, and I want to do something that contributes towards helping others.
So that got me thinking, how many other people, now that the initial boom is over, find themselves in the sub-500,000 region of Amazon and are struggling to work out what to do? How many of them, like me, would quite happily let their work go for free as long as it was being read?
So there’s Dead Head’s sitting there, and me twiddling my thumbs, and I’m looking to do something to help others…now if I was at home and I had something that I thought other people wanted, or could at least donate I’d just drop it off at a charity store. My book is virtual but giving it away probably (if kindle sales are anything to go by) is going to make little difference to me. Anyway, how does that help anyone else? Which is what my big hang up seems to be.
How about removing the altruism from the equation?
Seriously. I’ve spent hours looking for something I can help with online but I don’t have the skills that are being sought or it’s something that’s just not for me. Selfish I know.
How about Dead Heads is sold for charity – 100% of the proceeds go to charity.
How about you join me and we have a collective, a union of people who are happy to sell their work for charity, 100%, nothing in it for me or you but money for a good cause, like education for those who can’t get it, books for Africa is a good one, virtual books paying for real books…
It’s a thought, be great if a few other like-minded folks would like to jump in on this.
How about it folks, if you’re book is pretty much buried anyway why not give it to a give cause?