Well, no…not really.
I watched my 45-minute video interview. It came out pretty good. I mean, there were no “ahs”, “ums” or “uhhs.” But I did notice that I have a tendency to close my eyes when I talk. I didn’t know that. I asked a friend, who had not seen the interview, and he confirmed that it’s a tic of mine. So I need to practice keeping my eyes open when I talk. Of course, that’s assuming there will be other interviews and speaking gigs after this one. I sure hope so. I’ve made quite an investment in this venture, and I’d really like to see a return, at least of SOME sort.
So I’ve received some more nice reviews on The Moreva of Astoreth. Right now, the book is running at a solid 4-star. Not bad, I don’t think. Though I would like some more 5s, push the rating up a bit. But I can be happy with what I have. A few reviewers said the book could have benefited from more editing, and they’re probably right, since I edited it myself. Normally, I wouldn’t have done such a thing, but I’d just lost my job, and though I had the cash, I wasn’t sure I had the money. But then, other reviewers wrote that it was superbly edited. So whether its great or not is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose.
Off the subject of books and publicity, I’m driving my parents to Ohio next… Continue reading
It’s going to be a wild ride.
Since my marketing skills are pretty much zero, I’ve broken down and hired people to do it for me. I show up where I’m told, send them what I’m told to send, and they do the rest. It is not cheap. Oh, no, no, no. But I’m tired of spending all this money on marketing, and getting almost zilch in return. I did a radio show. It obviously met with some success, because this marketing firm contacted me, saying they’d heard the show, and thought I’d be a good candidate for them. I’ll admit, my first thought was that it was some sort of scam. Then a little voice inside my head (I got lots of ’em) said “why not give it a go?” So I did. Next week I have a video interview with their host who works with authors. They’re putting together a press kit for me. Another book marketer helped me put together a branding statement. Mind you, this is not just for the Moreva of Astoreth. It’s for all my books. I’m not necessarily looking for a best seller, though that would be nice. I just want to get a return on my investments. Doesn’t have to be dollar for dollar. I’d be happy if I just made back half of what I’ve spent so far. I mean, this is not a hobby. Writing and running Blackrose Press is what I want to do with the rest of my… Continue reading
I did something different this morning–an Internet radio show called The Author’s Show. I’ve done Internet radio before, but not like this. This was a professional job. I thought I did horribly. I’m usually very good at thinking and speaking on my feet, but I felt tongue-tied and tongue-twisted. Lots of “uhs.” But he said that would be edited out. Man, I hope so. I really sounded like a dork. The host said I did a good job, so I’m happy with that, I guess.
We also talked a bit about marketing. I told him my main platforms were Facebook and Twitter. He said those were terrible. Facebook, for example, might get you a lot of likes–which is true, since my author page has something like over 1200 followers–but only 1/100 of a percent(!) of those will translate into sales. He’s kindly sending me a market analysis to show what I should do next. That’s great–but hell, I want to hire him. Maybe we can talk about that later…
The host says the interview should come out sometime next week (July 31 – August 6). So I’m watching the site, and so should you–The Author’s Show! http://www.wnbnetworkwest.com/
Update: The show will be aired August 10!
As promised here’s our long-awaited interview with Rebecca Besser, author and editor. Let’s jump in!
Roxanne: Tell us about yourself–the part you tell everyone.
Rebecca: Well, I’m the author of the zombie novella, Undead Drive-Thru. I write firction, nonfiction and poetry for a wide range of age groups and genres. I’ve been published over 140 times in various publications. To learn more about me, feel free to visit my website: http://www.rebeccabesser.com or my blog, http://blog.rebeccabesser.com. You can also find me on Facebook under Rebecca Besser or Author/Editor Rebecca Besser. I’m also on Twitter under @BeccaBesser.
Roxanne: What is your book about?
Rebecca: The anthology, “Earth’s End,” which is a Sci-fi Apocalyptic anthology, is one book I edited over the past year and I’ll be released from Wicked East Press in January of 2012! My story, “The Olden Gears,” is included is Earth’s End. Here’s an excerpt from my story:
“He drove faster, but everywhere he looked there was more destruction.
With numb fingers, he reached over and turned on the radio to see if there was any news about what was going on; it took him a couple of minutes before he could find a radio station that was still on the air.
“…Overnight the world has been bombarded by attacks by the elderly. On every continent, in almost every country, they’ve taken lives at will, showing no mercy…”
Looking around him, he tried to decide how he was going to make… Continue reading