In my opinion, Facebook is getting pretty damn exhausting and obnoxious, and that's on top of hiding Pages updates from the majority of its audience unless we pay to boost posts. Twitter is too content to be a safe space for Nazis and a wasteland for trolls. Given these issues, I'm planning on making a concerted effort to move away from these services over 2018 and focus more on my own dedicated platforms. If you're one of my regular readers (or hell, even if you're not, and maybe especially if you're not and I need to convert you!), I'd like you to know where I'll be and the best places you can go to for updates and information.
Even though the homepage of this very blog has links to my Facebook author page and my Twitter account, the very best place to go, first and foremost, is right here: http://michaelpatrickhicks.com. This is where I blog and post book reviews, and it's also where the majority of news on my upcoming releases will break to the general public first. Please bookmark this site and visit it regularly. The blog in particular is often updated at least once a week with fresh book reviews, which might help you discover lots of other new authors to enjoy. I'm planning/hoping to utilize the blog for more content throughout 2018, stuff outside of simply providing book reviews, so keep an eye out!
Over the course of 2017, I've added and updated a Store to my website, giving readers the chance to buy directly from me instead of through third-party vendors like Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Here, you can buy signed paperback editions of my print releases. I recently made another update in order to make digital bundling a possibility, so you can buy the paperback and get a complimentary copy of either the MOBI or EPUB file, depending on your specification, to load onto your eReader and keep the print copy nice and pristine.
If you're looking for a more dedicated platform to receive regular updates, plus exclusive content, and one that helps supports my platform as an author, please consider joining me on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/michaelpatrickhicks. For as little as $1 per month, you can help feed and clothe this author and his family, and help ensure that I'll be able to continue releasing quality books and stories. You'll also be able to help me build up a community of dedicated fans to interact with and maybe make some new friends!
If you just want to receive periodic updates on new releases, sales, and the occasional book recommendation, consider subscribing to the High Fever Books newsletter at http://bit.ly/1H8slIg. You'll even get a free copy of my zombie short story, Let Go, just for signing up!
To stay updated on new releases, give me a Follow on Amazon (http://amzn.to/2EnB7YA) and on BookBub (https://www.bookbub.com/profile/michael-patrick-hicks).
These are some of the best and most immediate ways you can keep up with me and stay connected depending on the level of connectivity you wish to maintain. Personally, I'd love to see you tracking me at all of these above-mentioned sites. But, let's be realistic.
With a number of small press publishers having closed their doors in 2017, and the effects of the recently-passed tax bill still largely unknown, authors are going to need your support in 2018. I am going to need your support in 2018, and in ways that go beyond simply buying my books. While that is most certainly appreciated, and one of the best and most direct ways to show your support, please consider leaving reviews of my stories (good or bad, it doesn't matter; just be honest!). If you like my stuff, tell a friend. If you hate my stuff, tell an enemy. If you run a blog and want review copies, tell me. Post about it, tweet about it, Instagram and tag it. Whatever you can do, however you can do it, it will be not just appreciated but needed in the days and months ahead. I'm not asking you to become a crazy evangelical going door-to-door peddling my books to the unwary and uninitiated...but I'm also not going to stop you! You do you!
Whatever comes in the New Year, I hope we find some way to stay connected. I'll keep writing as long as you keep reading. And for all that you've done for me thus far, thank you. I started down this authorial road in 2014, and my ambitions and goals have only gotten larger with each passing year. For all my readers out there, that's on you. I want to do more and be bigger and better at all this writing and publishing stuff because you have shown me it is possible and that what I am doing is indeed worthwhile. Thank you, each and every one of you. Now, let's see what else we can do in the years ahead.
Happy New Year!