Welcome to the Dumpster Diary!

This diary will chronicle my journey to becoming a best selling author.

Website: http://www.interdimensionaldumpster.com/

Monday, September 2, 2013

Out of writing limbo and back into the light!

I have been extremely remiss in my blog duties. I just finished my new book The Whining Woods. It is a middle grade book and sequel to The Interdimensional Dumpster which was published in 2010. Where has the time gone? I know that I have kept my books top of mind, but while I was writing the sequel, I went into a blogging limbo. I vowed to blog weekly in the past and barely mustered up a few entries over the last few years. This acts as my formal apology and I vow to be more current with my writing adventure. I just updated my website www.rayconnor.com and hope you get the chance to check it out. That's all for today, it's time for bed!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Time to get back in the game!

Hi All, I have put off writing the sequel to The Interdimensional Dumpster for too long now. First there was the Holidays, The Superbowl, the summer, the October Snowstorm, and any other lame excuse I could use. Well that's it. I am writing again and need to finish the book. I ran into a few kids Sunday that asked me to hurry up because they are waiting for it. I used to write for just me, but now that the first book was modestly successful, I actually have some fans to please. So that's the end of excuses. I am a writer and I will write. Oh and maybe I'll blog more than once every few months.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Kind Words Go a Long Way!

It's the reviews that we get from friends that always make us smile, but the one's we get from complete strangers are the one's that make us sit back and evaluate how we actually "perform" as writers. Each time I get a request to post a review or interview, I shudder just a little bit. What if they don't like it? That thought gnaws at each of us no matter how successful we are. I am only an aspiring write with my one book in publication. Luckily I have 11 reviews from various people that actually like it! (At least I know that 11 people have actually read it! The most recent is from Katy Walters of Southern England. She is the author of Phobic Dawn (I highly recommend it) and a sci-fi book reviewer. Here is the link: http://katysreviewsandnews.blogspot.com/

I highly recommend that you check out her blog as well as her book.

Also, if you get a chance, every time you read a book, please reach out to the author through email, Amazon review, or Goodreads and let them know that you appreciate their work.

Kind words go a long way!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Building A PR Campaign

It's a little tough working a full-time job, raising a family, writing books, and marketing your books all at the same time. I'm trying to balance all of them and feel a little stressed sometimes. Today's goal is book marketing and book marketing alone! I'm locking myself in the dungeon (an affectionate term for my office) and spending at least 8 hours on growing the following for my book. I just finished building my GoodReads author page and started a book giveaway. I linked to Twitter and now have 556 GoodReads Friends! Not bad for Day One! Next, I am returning the emails of a few PR firms that showed interest in my work. I am holding out hope that the ones that don't charge a huge retainer will actually be succesful and still interested after the initial discussions.

All in all, this author life has been quite a blast. People are starting to stop me in the supermarket and ask me how sales are going. Kids come up to me and say hello, and some of the book signings have been a huge success.

I'm counting on the next blog to have more info on where the book is heading!

Does anyone out there have any marketing suggestions?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Back in the Saddle Again

I'm heading back to my author life again! It was a tough road through the holidays, but I can devote a few hours a day to writing the sequel to The Interdimensional Dumpster. I have a few chapters in the bag and a few more rummaging around in my brain, so the flow should pick up quickly.

I am also doing a Literacy Night in my hometown elementary school this month. I get to talk to a few hundred kids about the joys of writing and I can't wait!

I also booked a signing on March 22 at Bruce's Browser in Athol, Mass. I can't wait for that one also.

I hope April becomes just as action packed!