Hey, what’s that? Look over there! Everywhere on my website there is a signup form. That’s because my free audiobook, The Handyman is now live! It was a blast to make, and I’m excited to get working again on the first full length book, Hammer and Wails.
Of course, things don’t just launch pleasantly. When I was testing the signup form last night, my website decided that it was unreachable by Firefox. Don’t ask me why. After panicking for a while, it just started to work again.
Then, today, I asked a friend to sign up so I could make sure my email automation was working properly . . . . She got an error on the sign up form. ;( I spent another half hour panicking, because it literally was working the night before, and I didn’t think I changed anything. I eventually found out that Elementor, the plugin I use to design my website, wasn’t verifying the Mailerlite API key. That’s technical talk for: technology no communicate.
But then, you guessed it, it fixed itself. I think I would have preferred if I had fixed it, that way I could go in confidently knowing I was the mistake, not that some random computer error could shut down my sign up form whenever it felt like it. Ugh. Anyway, I’m still stoked to share this audiobook. I got some great feedback from some random strangers on Reddit, who I asked to critique it. One said my performance was better than most audiobooks they listen to. Yeah, I let that one go to my head, let it feed my ego.
Nice comments aside, it’s still going to be an uphill battle to find and engage with my audience. It doesn’t matter if what I produce is fan-freakin-tastic if I can’t get people to listen. So here we go. The journey continues.
I’m still in talks with someone interested in illustrating for Hammer and Wails, but it’s more trial and error right now. I’d like to see where it goes, so I’m giving him a chance, despite his skills not being in this sort of illustration.
And, speaking of design, I finished the (hopefully final) covers for Hammer and Wails and The handyman. Designing them one after another helped me settle on a style for branding, which was a big part of what I wanted to achieve. Hopefully people are intrigued by the covers and can’t resist clicking on them to find out more. And hopefully a sample of my voice can carry them all the way to a download. But of course, in the end, I’m here to entertain. I can’t forget that. Sales are nice, but I honestly am excited for the day someone messages me and says “Yo, thanks for that audiobook, I really enjoyed it.” That’ll make my day.