A friend is reading The Moreva of Astoreth. Not only does she have a crush on Teger, she can’t put the book down. I’ve done my job as an author. I’ve delivered a mesmerizing story, and provided hours of entertainment.
Hey, my commercial’s up on YouTube! I have to say, the folks did a good job with it.
Here’s the link:
Busy, busy, busy. Job. Marketing. Broad Universe. Readying The Underground Second Edition for publication. Writing.
My life has been more than a whirlwind lately–it’s been a damned tornado. Trying to prioritize has been difficult, because everything’s a priority. And I don’t multitask well. In fact, I can’t multitask at all. The only thing that has been on time are the articles for my job. Can’t miss those deadlines–my boss gets upset. And we don’t want to upset the boss…
But…I will say the marketing has been fun. Right now I’m doing a series of radio shows, talking about life, the universe and everything, and of course about my writing and my books. They’re aired live every Monday at 3 PM Eastern until April 10th. This coming Monday, March 6th, is the 5th installment. I’ll most likely be talking about The Underground Second Edition. I do hope something comes out of this–more interviews, speaking gigs, sales and what not. Of course, one never knows who’s listening to a radio broadcast, if anyone. I really don’t know what kind, or how much of an audience CUTV News Radio has. The host and I could be talking only to ourselves. Here’s the link for the March 6th show:
But if nothing else, I’ve got some hot new business cards. They have a flash drive with my interviews on it. Just plug it in to your USB drive, and you’re off! Of course, they were outrageously expensive, so I’m pretty selective about who… Continue reading
My 10-minute video interview (cut down from 43 minutes) will be released soon. I think it’s pretty good. I’d love to upload it for you, but WordPress says its too large. Too bad. Oh, well. Here’s the book cover, in case I haven’t posted it yet.
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
There’s nothing quite like looking at a blank page and wondering where to go next.
Yes, I’m working on The Underground: Invasion. I know what has to happen, it’s really a question of how I’m going to get there. The between stuff. Part of the problem is that lately, I feel like I’m being pulled in ten directions at once. It seems that everything and everybody is clamoring for my attention, and it’s impossible to prioritize. It’s been really hard to get my head into the book. It’s been really hard to find the time to even try to get my head into the book. I should probably just put it aside until things calm down, but I don’t want to do that. I’d truly like to have the novel out by next summer. But current reality says putting it aside would be the best course. And I’m resisting.
Speaking of books…The Underground Second Edition is with the editor, who by contract will have it back to me just before christmas. And my cover artist sent the initial rendering of the cover. It’s going to look good. Might end up even looking like an illustration, rather than 3-D modeling. The Moreva of Astoreth continues to get five and four star reviews. It might have its flaws, but it really is a damned good book, if I say so myself. Let’s hope the marketing/publicity people can help make it into a bestseller. And interestingly enough, the people who’ve seen the book… Continue reading
Boy. The amount of money I’ve shelled out since starting this venture. My IRA is really taking beating. I’m going to owe taxes out the ying-yang for 2016. I’ll probably have to raid my IRA again just to pay them. And then I’ll have to pay in 2017…unless, as I’m repeatedly told, I get speaking gigs, which pay a handsome amount. And maybe The Moreva of Astoreth will become a bestseller. I sure hope so. I hate to think I’ve bought a pig in a poke. What’s really troublesome is that I’ve yet to see anything–press kit and all that. Now I’m told I need flash drive business cards. Another huge amount of money.
At least there’s one good thing. In order to do this, I’ve put most of the charges on my Discover card, and then immediately paid it off. So when all is said and done (and I hope it’s done) my balance on Discover will be zero. And I did say I wanted to pay them off this year…
This will be short, because I’ve got to go to bed, soon. Early day, tomorrow.
So I had the video interview. As Jim Masters said it would be, it was so much fun! Only one thing, though. The camera really does put pounds on you. I looked like a damned whale. No wonder TV and movie folks are so little and skinny. In front of a camera, they look normal.
The interview went well. I wasn’t nervous, or anything, it was as if the camera wasn’t even there. Jim and I just talked about my writing life and my book. I was pleasantly surprised.
All right, that’s enough. Time for beddy-bye, or as a friend of mine says, “the bed-thingy.” Whatever you want to call it, I’m in it.
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