"So, what are blogging about this week?" Cheryl asked.
"I don't know, I'm still mulling over the stuff Irv Nesbaum said about finding my audience."
"Makes sense to me."
"Well, it does to me, too ... from a marketing standpoint ... but not so much from a creative one."
"But as an independent author, don't you have to consider both?"
"That's the dilemma ... yes, I do ... but I hate marketing."
"I know you do ... believe me, I know you do ... but sometimes you just have to suck it up and do things that aren't all that pleasant."
"You're right, of course, but ... "
"There's always a 'but' with you."
"But, it's a lot easier for Nesbaum to find his audience ... he writes about a specific topic ... I write stories."
"What did Irv suggest?"
"He said to look for other authors who write the kind of stuff I do."
"Sounds like a good idea."
"Maybe ... but suppose I find other authors ... what then?
"I don't know ... maybe get in touch with them? What did Irv say?"
"He didn't ... and I didn't think to ask at the moment."
Cheryl patted my shoulder. "Okay, I see your point ... but you've got to start somewhere ... do a search on Amazon and see what comes up."
I sighed audibly.
She started to walk out, stopped and said, "Oh, by the way, Uncle Billy called your cell this morning ... I couldn't get to it fast enough to answer it ... but, it looks like he left a message. Do you want me to bring your phone downstairs?"
I was already surfing Amazon for books with key words of action and adventure ... the return list stunned me.
"Do you want your phone?" Cheryl repeated.
"Oh ... yeah, sure," I mumbled.