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236. THE ALL HANDS ON DECK MOMENT
Since this is a full-contact sport, I need a little support and a few creative ideas from you.
Thoughts that flowed on me in composing this work proved so entertaining and delightful to me that they have made old age agreeable and comfortable for me. —Cicero
I am not comfortable—I have been writing for five years as if under a compulsion. My time seems short, and I have been working up to 70 hours a week as if I was killing snakes. I started with Butchered and Hormone Secrets, then wrote my exposé of current events in Cassandra and my Substack posts. With your kind help, I want to take stock and refresh my ideas and process.
I have plenty of material to write about, of course. But to help me focus, please give me feedback and ideas about what you want and what I do best. Most importantly, let me know what you think might help us save the freaking world. I hesitated before I wrote that, but our lives are on the line.
Please give me ideas and feedback about these issues:
Some posts that I spent thirty hours writing get only 25 comments from my fantastic hardcore fans. These remarks seem like the most robust metric of an engaged readership, but what do I know? If everyone who values my work writes a few words in response to this post, I will learn about you and feel more confident I am doing something important. I mean it—drop a reply, even just a "yes," if that is all you have to say.
I am giving away my ebooks here in addition to their Amazon sales. I'm getting one to six takers daily. Most are already subscribers, however. Does anyone have other opinions or ideas about how to leverage these books into a larger Substack readership?
I have heard that people with massive Twitter followings can post snippets and drive readers into Substack. Does anyone want to help with this or work with other social media? Given the censorship, I have shied away from this because it is time-consuming and seems like a fool's game. Does anyone in our small universe have suggestions?
I have mentored a few writers on Substack and can help anyone interested. Let me know. I do not want your money.
What do you think of other writers begging for paid subscriptions? I have so far avoided this. I am at about 90, and a few come in every week.
Listeners say they like my voice and that I have podcast skills. By now, I have done hundreds of these as a guest or host. Do you have suggestions for developing this? Spoken word is only a fraction of my platform, in the hundreds for each post rather than thousands. Any ideas about where I should focus?
Do you have suggestions for guests I should interview? (Thanks, Deb, for your dental contacts—their messages were shocking.) I think I add more value by interviewing obscure people with something to say rather than celebrities we have all heard before.
Sometimes other writers' work is so compelling that I like to share it. Many of you have seen their essays before, and maybe "copying others' homework" is the wrong approach. Opinions or ideas about my reposts?
What general categories are the best use of my time? I see my writing in three genres: medical corruption, current events, and sometimes philosophy/self-help. I have been loosely considering a book about the third. Ideas or comments?
Below is the list of my posts and their links since Cassandra was published. I could put some of these into another book with about a week's effort, and I have figured out how to avoid Amazon censorship. How helpful are my books for you? What three posts were your favorites?
Does my every-third-day publication schedule seem right?
I am not sure if I killed any snakes, unfortunately.
For your convenient reference, here is the list of my recent posts with their links. I want to put these into a new heading on the Substackl entry page, but I cannot find the instructions.
INDEX OF POSTS FROM 2022-2023
OLDER EPISODES CAN BE ACCESSED BY DOWNLOADING CASSANDRA’S MEMO HERE
You know what to do!
The Cassandra's Memo ebook is free HERE if you promise to send this download link to five or more others. With your help, we will educate some people sitting on the fence. If you have time to write a review at Barnes and Noble, click HERE and scroll down the page until you see the blue "review" button on the right.
I have no copyright; you may (accurately) quote any of my essays or books in part or whole without restriction. Also, this is not medical advice; I'm retired. Use the information here at your own risk.
Parting shot, the last post’s statistics: