Generally I try to be a very positive person, but trying to get this writing career of mine off the ground is really discouraging me. Please don’t get me wrong, I have some very awesome friends and family who continue to read every day, to like my posts and to comment on my blog and I appreciate you more than I will ever be able to express. Some day if I ever get my career off the ground, I intend to have a really big party and invite you all!
I like to think I am a realistic person, I know I am not J.K. Rowling and I certainly don’t have a Harry Potter novel in me; I think I’m capable of being a writer and making a modest living at it. I am not one of the people who think they are perfect, in fact I am very aware of my flaws and limitations and have no problem sharing those. I am also not a mother who thinks her children can do no wrong and that extends to my dogs; as you obviously know if you have ever read anything I have written about Delilah.
So when I tell you that Sampson is special and that I want to share him with the world, it is not just my thoughts or ideas. Anyone that meets Sampson falls in love with him; even if you are not a dog person you will love Sampson. Besides being adorable, his personality is amazing and it terrifies me that he is getting older and I still have not shared him with enough people.
I’m not writing this so you all say, “Oh Jodi, don’t give up, you are a good writer” and all kinds of other stuff. Why I’m writing this is to get your ideas. So far, I’ve established facebook pages for both of the dogs, I have this blog and I have Sampson’s website, the problem is I don’t know what to do next or how to generate interest. When I went to the Pet Writing Conference in February there was a woman there who was trying to find someone interested in her book, she was showing someone, her dog has over 5,000 friends on facebook. I sit here and go WTF? Everyday I update those facebook pages! I put funny sayings and thoughtful sayings and Sampson has lost 4 fans in the last month! I guess I feel like I’m at an impasse and I wonder, am I too focused? Am I overlooking something I should/could be doing?
You all have been so supportive of me and always help me when I ask, so I ask you now, do you have any thoughts as to what I can do to help move this along? If you aren’t comfortable leaving a message, send me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading and sticking through this pity party blog.