Gotta Get a Gimmick

I’m working with the amazing publisher Curiosity Quills Press for my novel The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days. The book isn’t set to be released until August, but I’m already active in guest posting on their blog and in CQ’s very active and awesome online community. This week I received and email, nay a challenge, from management. By the end of the month, they want all their authors to start using Facebook live.

I totally get the reasoning. It’s a great way to interact with your readers on a personal level. The rankings are higher for live posts than for normal text or video posts. I don’t mind talking into my phone and having it go on the internet. I mean, I am an actor, so if I were afraid of speaking to a live audience, I would be rather screwed.

My problem is what to talk about. What do I do that would be interesting enough for people to stop what they’re doing and be like, “Oh, this is how I should spend the next few minutes of my life”? And not even necessarily a few minutes. It should be like ten minutes. Ten minutes of my trying to be entertaining.

I could tell awful jokes. I could chat about my projects. I could tell a story as I do on my lifebeyondexaggeration.com blog. I could do a brief reading of whatever it is I’m working on in the writing world.

But I’m supposed to do this every week. To ask people to stop and listen to me chatter live every week!

For the music theatre folks, I feel like I’m a stripper in Gypsy: I’ve gotta get a gimmick.

For non-musical folks: I’m not a stripper, I’m a tap dancer.

I’ve gotta get a gimmick, but what should it be? What would you want to tune into? That is a serious question, so please leave any scathingly brilliant ideas in the comments below.

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  1. Talk about cats, everyone likes cats. When I blog about cats I get two times the likes.

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