You might have noticed some changes on my website — from the big title section down to the footer. I knew and I felt the need for change. Everything in me is a work in progress. You might think I’m fickle minded because I keep on changing. I used to be a perfectionist and every time I commit a mistake I try to rectify it, the sooner the better.
I’ve been on this site for more than a year and promoting it was limited only to my 5 social media accounts. It’s only until now that I’ve decided to do some promotional activities.
I’m shy. That’s the problem. I have to be sure that I can do it before plunging myself into it. When I wrote my first English e-book years ago, I don’t have an editor and a literary agent. I just went on to publish it online for free in the hope that the free exposure would bring in some results. Yes, it did bring a few results — more than 2,000 downloads, a few followers on social media, a translation deal that didn’t push through because I don’t have a dollar account, etc. So I went on publishing free e-books until now.
But with a few months away for my domain and web hosting service to expire, I need to monetize this website or at least raise more funds to afford another two years for the said services, plus purchase a new laptop to replace what I’m using, etc. That’s the reason why I created a page on Patreon which I heard from someone I subscribed to on YouTube.
Also, it gave me the chance to reflect on what went wrong and what opportunities I’ve missed. I realized that I need to do some email marketing myself. I created a MailChimp account and exploring the ins and outs of it. Somehow, it inspired me to do better and to explore.
Now, I have new ideas that I would like to bring forth.
Be inspired. Brew plots. Fix it later.
That’s the new tagline for this website. I believe I can still encourage others to write, even though my genre of choice is crime fiction. I still think of new plots for new novels and write it down no matter what. And I’ll fix it later once I’m done. I think it may also apply to some of you. That’s also the reason why I called my website Crime Fiction Lab 1B. It sounds like a subject or course, but it can also mean a room where we can all stay and discuss crime fiction.
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