Why Blogging is Important
I don’t know if blogging works or not. I have been told it takes five years to build a viable book selling business. I’m in year one. I’m taking on faith that some of these things are going to pay off someday.
For me, blogging is important because it builds your reader base. I started out with blogs about my adventures sailing down the coast to Mexico. I got about two hundred hits per post and was pretty happy. Then I hit the jack pot.
I live with my girlfriend and her Great Dane on my 56-foot sailboat. People always ask “How do you live on a boat with such a big dog?” I decided to write a blog post about living with a Great Dane.
One post became three. Then Odin, the Great Dane in question, took exception to what I was writing about him and wanted to set the record straight. He wrote about three blogs, to which I had to respond.
During this blog debate, readers started flocking to my blog. Dawn, my significant other, posted the blogs to her Great Dane Facebook groups, I posted to my sailing/cruising groups and people just appeared from nowhere. Suddenly, thousands of people were reading my blogs.
Has it done any good? Not a lot. My book sales are still pretty low, but I get email from readers saying things like “I really liked your blog, so I decided to buy your book.” Now I just need to get more people to follow suit.
Hacker for Hire, a suspense novel about corporate greed and industrial espionage, is the second book in a series about Latino computer security analyst Ted Higuera and his best friend, para-legal Chris Hardwick.
The goofy, off-beat Ted Higuera, son of Mexican immigrants, grew up in East LA. An unlikely football scholarship brought him to Seattle.
Chris, Ted’s college roommate, grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth. His father is the head of one of Seattle’s most prestigious law firms.
Ted’s first job out of college leads him into the world of organized crime where he faces a brutal beating. After being rescued by beautiful private investigator Catrina Flaherty, Ted decides to go to work for her.
Catrina is hired by a large computer corporation to find a leak in their corporate boardroom when the previous consultant is found floating in Elliot Bay.
Ted discovers that Chris’s firm has been retained by their prime suspect. Now he and Chris are working opposite sides of the same case.
Ted and Catrina are led deep into Seattle’s Hi-Tech world as they stalk the killer. But the killer is also hunting them. Can Ted find the killer before the killer finds him?