"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." ~E.L. Doctorow

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Going International

Now I'm not sure about WordPress or other blogging sites, but on Blogger there is an "Audience" tracker under the Stats which shows the different countries that people are looking at your blog from. This is an incredibly humbling concept for me.



Seeing people from across the world - China, India, Russia even! checking out my blog is just mind blowing. And so then I was thinking about what the diversity would be like when (if) a publishing deal comes along.


So now I must ask you, what do you guys think about the sweeping scape of this modern world of publishing and marketing? The fact that your book may not only be sold in multiple countries around the world but also that people might be following your news feeds, updates, Facebook page and tweets?


Personally I think its both amazingly cool and holy intimidating. Either way, bring it on!


13 comments:

Nicole said...

Its a small world after all. And getting smaller every day, it feel like!

Kelly Hashway said...

I love looking at those stats. It's incredible to think I'm reaching people all over the world.

Brynne said...

Yet another thing reminding us of our ever-interconnectedness! Yayy!

vinobaby said...

I think about it a bit. I've noticed that most of my international blog hits are from images (it's amazing how many Middle Eastern hits I get for a picture of Hillary Duff!) and hope some are actually reading what I wrote.

As for my REAL project...part of my novel takes place in a foreign country. I was only there briefly, and I constantly hope my memory is strong enough to evoke the special qualities, sights, and feelings of being there.

Brenda said...

It is a small world, and don't forget (at least in the UK) there are other ezines, sites, etc., hosting contests, looking for new voices. It's always an option that bears consideration.

C.M. Villani said...

Nicole - I'd agree with you but I really think it's more like our reach has just gotten longer. :) There are still many things in this world that make me feel really small.

C.M. Villani said...

Kelly - I completely agree!

C.M. Villani said...

Vinobaby - hahaha. Hillary Duff huh? Maybe I'll have to try that just as an experiment. I've also had those wondering thoughts if they are actually reading what I write or are they just watching the videos but I figure they're here and that should matter more.

As for the setting of your novel, so far the one's I've written are based in my own creations. Nothing specific that would make or break the novel if I changed them. But I would think that the memories you color the city with will give good insight into the perceptions of your characters. As it the MC notices the beauty in the skyline or your love interest is attracted to the smells and sight of their culinary scene. Its all going to give a personal perspective to your characters.

C.M. Villani said...

Brynne - I'm all for feeling interconnected too! I think it makes for a better world. :)

C.M. Villani said...

Brenda - that's great to know! I've honestly never thought of that. hmmmm..... :)

MuMuGB said...

I love such stats - it is so good for our self esteem! That said, some friends and members of my family don't even bother looking at my blog. I sometimes feel like I have more support from the blogging community rather than the people who are supposed to know me!

Deborah said...

It's extraordinary, and powerful. Strange to think how quickly we've all come to take it for granted, though. Just think, fifteen, twenty years ago none of this existed for those of us working at home...

Samantha Sotto-Yambao said...

It's scary cool. The world has definitely gotten smaller and I wouldn't have it any other way :D

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