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SELL Yourself | You’re the Brand

Dale Szewczyk (Sev-check) the man behind Flint Macwood
Dale Szewczyk (Sev-check) the man behind Flint Macwood

So, when does a self-published writer make it big? Well, it depends. But for most? Give it ten years. Right now, I am outlining a bunch of my works so I can drop titles at a reasonable rate when I do release my first book. I want to have something available for the reader to check out if they liked my book. I can’t just upload a book when I am done. Not only does it need some editing, but it also needs a great cover. those two things alone are very expensive. And the covers can be even more pricey if I invite some of the artists I really want. At for a couple of the covers.

Basically, before I release one title I will have a marketing strategy in place. I don’t just want to publish, I want to gain my 10K readers. And that starts the moment I release book one. Even for the charity titles. It all works on my brand. I make nothing off some of my books when they are released, but it will bring readers to my book list, And if they decide to read my other books, I need to have something to offer them. If they don’t they still read the charity works which helped others. The platform needs to be there either way.

I am shaping my brand even before I release my books, even on my personal profile. I am getting to the heart of who I am as a person, and as a writer. Because a writer must be themselves, and sell who they are. Which is why honesty is so important. One of many reasons why I am honest even if I lose friends. I’d rather the right people stick around. I want to narrow the focus of my readers and even my friends.

I want my friends and readers to accept me and read from me because they know me, and care about what I have to offer. But how can anyone do that if I wasn’t honest?

Writing is about sharing your soul. Even if you write really silly stories in worlds that don’t exist. Characters drive stories, and those characters live inside of you. Make the best of them, own them, and share them. Make your platform, and go forth into the publishing wilderness. But always be true to who you are, only change when enlightenment demands it.

If you have anything you’d like to add, feel free to leave a comment! I want to hear from you.

SAVING PEN | Authors Helping Others

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By Dale Szewczyk

AN IDEA:

As many of you know from my posts on FB (yeah I post a lot), I plan on taking select titles of my stories and donating the money for the purchases to specific causes.

So far, two titles which I am hoping to be some of my best works will be selected. NATIVES, a three-season serial that is a fantasy-steampunk-alternate history about what if the Native Americans won the Indian Wars against the USA. I plan on donating the money to causes that help out families on the reservations and help break alcohol abuse. Two things that continue to grow on the Rez (more on this story later).

And there’s HEARTBEAT. A story about a black elderly woman with dementia who’s found on the street when a rich stranger finds her talking to herself. This mysterious man puts her in a very nice and expensive hospice. She from time to time remembers who she was before, and writes the brief bouts of memory like a novel. As it turns out, she was a famous literary writer, who lived a very painful life in her youth. One point when she was a teen, she had an abortion. Then a few years later, was about to have two more when she’s raped and becomes pregnant from it. She decides not to abort, but the twin daughters lead two completely different lives. One is an example for the pro-life movement, the other an example for the pro-choice.

This is the heart of the story that drives this woman to not only become strong, but to inspire the world through her writing.

Okay, that one, the money will go to three organizations, one of which to the niece of the late MLK Jr. And then to Claire Culwell who is an abortion survivor, and then to Sydna Masse who had an abortion in her youth, and went through hell until finding healing. She now has a ministry that helps post-abortive women heal.

So, there are two things I plan to do, but there’s one more, and this one is the hard one. I am outlining a story called, ONE MORE TIME, it’s a story that is much like the Ferguson shooting, only I cover both sides of the issue. I show the worst and the best of both sides, and bring the very good together in an effort to fight racism. More on that soon. But, I want to take those proceeds and donate to an organization that helps those living on the streets who are lucky to eat. The problem is that so many con-people out there want to take advantage. I need to find something that actually can get the food and other products to these starving people without jackals coming in and taking it.

I am not sure how to do this one, so any suggestions would be awesome.

While I’m very opinionated, to the point that I have lost friends, I actually care about people. And I do want to put my money where my mouth is, even though I am barely getting by. I don’t do it to be Politically Correct (PC), I don’t do it because the Obama Admin told me so, and threatened to paddle my bottom red if I didn’t. I am choosing to do this on my own because I WANT TO!!!

There are people in this world who will move the planet if only they had the ground to stand on. And I am seeking that ground as I build the hands to lift the world.

So, regardless of what you think of me, if you can help me with this quest, I’d really appreciate it. Because there’s no reason all social justice warriors can’t come together for the common good.

God bless, and peace!

P.S.

I will be adding to the list of those I help as I write more stories. This is only the beginning…