Sunday, April 3, 2011
I’m doing a little experiment here. I first posted this as a “note” on Facebook. If you actually read it there first and choose to comment, would you mention that, please? I’m trying to figure out how people find stuff I post.
This is yet another comparison in the vein of why I’m writing fanfiction instead of original. Sick of this topic from me? Don’t read this post. (Somehow missed the deeper, more philosophical “Why I write fanfiction” and actually care? Click here.)
First, let us catalog what I have done in original. I wrote two full novels, self-published them first and later polished and had them re-published by an independent publisher. I spent a HUGE amount of time and money collecting rejections, attending writer’s conferences to try to “network”, and paying for false promises like “custom” covers and bookstore distribution (Xulon, not Splashdown). I also spent a HUGE amount of time and money on advertising. Take my website, for example.
I spent money to subscribe to the flash tools to make the fancy flash introduction. I’m sorry it still has the old TDH cover still in it, but I don’t feel the need to pay more money, plus a lot of time to fix it, as I will explain.
I spend money annually on the custom domain and the hosting. I have advertised my website on Google adWords. I have put the web address on business cards, online signatures, social media, blog interviews, author bios, and every other conceivable place I could find. This is what I have to show for OVER TEN YEARS of paying (money, time, sweat, tears):
So let’s look at fanfiction. I use a free website for distribution. Yes, I mirror my stories on a separate domain, but I don’t pay for the hosting on that; I accept the GoDaddy ad instead. And the stats I am about to show have nothing to do with my domain, in fact, my efforts there probably detract from these numbers, since it is just a duplication. I have not spent a dime on advertising this. I have mentioned the fact that I post fanfiction on my social media, but I honestly have seen almost zero evidence of anyone finding me that way. So what do I have to show for my foray into fanfiction?
For those who are math challenged, I have tallied the “hits” and I get a total of 49,342. These are not 11-12 years worth of hits, like the first example. This is LESS THAN TWO YEARS worth of hits. So taking time into factor, this is GREATER THAN 5000% more hits per year.
True, I’m not making any money this way, but since I’m also not spending any, I’m coming out pretty far ahead. Suddenly, I don’t feel so black sheep anymore.
Posted by Caprice Hokstad at 2:20 PM