30 for 30: Day 6


Today’s 3F3 is of Jon shooting promotional photos for Veneer. This kind of thing can now be done programmatically for free on the web, but in those prehistoric days, this was how you got things done. I chose this photo not for the shoot itself, but because Jon was doing this out of the goodness of his heart. I remember…

The year is 2011. I’m 31 years old.

You don’t get very far in the indie publishing world without help from other people… whether that’s a network of Twitter followers retweeting your latest book release, or a friend of a friend taking time out of his day to shoot some photos of your latest book cover. This whole of idea of if my friends don’t help, I may not succeed is extremely stressful.

Luckily, I don’t have that problem.

I think it’s important for everyone to have a passion, something they do in their life that’s just for them, that gives them purpose. I also believe that as their friend, it’s important we support those passions with everything we can reasonably afford to give.

I don’t think I’ll ever set foot in Jupiter Kickboxing in Dallas, but I will like their videos and leave comments on Facebook all day every day if it helps Charles spread the word about his gym. It’s a crazy low-effort thing that somehow translates to exposure in Facebook world.

Jon didn’t have to take promotional photos of my book. I’m not sure how much it was his own idea or how much Scott talked him into it, but I appreciate it all the same. And I appreciated when Billy made a video trailer for Perion Synthetics, when friends liked and shared and bought and reviewed. All those efforts add up to a lot, and they’re the main reason my books sell as well as they do.

Up until pretty recently, I used to be self-deprecating about this whole science fiction thing. Thanks for letting me spam you about my book, I’d post on Facebook or put in emails. I’m moving away from that now, mostly because social media is allowing me to see more of YOUR passions, and there is a desire inside me to see you get as much support for your passion as I get for mine.

So keep opening gyms, keep painting, keep crafting, keep acting, keep writing music and plays and books, and taking photos. I’ll be there all day every day to support you.

Because we’re friends.

About the author

Daniel Verastiqui

Daniel Verastiqui is a Science Fiction author from Austin, Texas. His novels explore relationships and identity in the context of ubiquitous technology, pervasive violence, and frequent nudity. His most recent book, Brigham Plaza, is now available in print and digital formats on Amazon.

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