Goin’ Strong

I can’t believe we’re at the 7th installment of my interview series with CUTV News Radio already. These past few months have gone by so fast. I mean, it’s nearing the end of March. But then, between the day job and marketing activities, my days are full. Really, I need to start using my calendar. It’s one thing to write stuff down. It’s something else entirely to actually look at it. I have a tendency to write things down on random pieces of paper, then lose them in the piles of paper and other mess I call my office. This has been driven home to me by the delinquency notices I’ve received from NJ and MD. I have to file sales tax returns, even if I made no money. And if there’s anything I’ve learned in my career, it’s don’t fuck with the states. They’ll give you a chance, but they have no qualms about yanking your license if you don’t comply with their rules. Speaking of which, I need to check out Massachusetts…

I received a wonderful compliment yesterday. I was working, and a Face Book notice popped up that my name had been mentioned in a comment. So I clicked on it to see what it was about. Someone had alerted all of her author friends that she needed books to read, and to send her their links. Well, you can imagine how many folks sent them. Anyway, she said my books, either The Moreva of Astoreth or The Underground, were first up. I wrote back, recommending TMOA because TU was no longer available due to the soon-to-be released second edition. I sent her the link. It made me feel really good, to be first in line. Like it’s all worthwhile.

And speaking of Face Book, my ad campaign for TMOA ended yesterday. It wasn’t a call to action, it was just saying that readers can’t put it down, I have 4 and 5 star reviews, etc. I included a shot of the cover. Well, you wouldn’t believe some of the comments I got. To say they were nasty doesn’t cover it. The Brits were especially obnoxious. I mean, if you don’t like the cover, that’s all you have to say. You don’t have to compare it to hemorrhoid cream. I stopped reading them, but not before I saw some really nice posts. Nasty or not, at least I know now that those ads actually reach people.

And that, I think, is one of the problems with the internet. You can say anything you want, and there are no consequences to you. That ad gave me a taste of cyberbullying. I mean, if they were trying to make me feel bad, it didn’t work. But imagine if I was a 13 year old girl? Especially one who’s already not fitting in, who’s considered an outsider? Like I was when I was that age. I can see why these kids kill themselves. It’s awful.

So what have you been doing lately?

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