2/23/11

Spring Events

My spring event schedule is a bit thin; I might add an event or two between now and the end of March.  So far, here's where I'll be & what I'll be doing:

March 26: The Book Grinder
2222 West Central, El Dorado, KS
12:30 to 3:30 PM; Kansas 1874 signing

March 29: Marion City Library
101 Library Street, Marion, KS
7:00 PM; Kansas 1874 book talk

April 15-17Oklahoma Steampunk Exposition
Stone Garden Hotel, 6200 N. Robinson Ave., Oklahoma City, OK
I will have a table in the dealer's room
Admission Fee; click the link for details, guests, etc.

April 25: Butler County Historical Society Annual Meeting
Location TBA, El Dorado, KS
Time TBA; Kansas 1874 book talk

May 27-29ConQuest 42
Hyatt Regency Crown Center, 2345 McGee Street, Kansas City, MO
I'll have a table in the dealers room
Admission fee; click the link for details, guests, etc.

2/7/11

Side Benefits to Online Book Promotion

As you know from my last post, Expert Assistance is back.  Last week I sent out several review requests; posted a book trailer at several places; created a Facebook page for the novel; and joined the Kindle Boards and the Kindle Forum.  This week I'm planning on sending out a few more review requests and joining one more author forum.

Saturday and yesterday I was doing some forum posting and contacting a couple bloggers about EA. One blogger is Karly Kirkpatrick, who I've had a link to for some time.  The other is Keryl Raist, who I've just added (To Publish or Not To Publish). Keryl's recent post about Outskirts Press is an eye opener.  Karly, when she isn't doing her "Bookaday" posts, blogs about how her adventures in self-publishing are going.

All this activity got me thinking last night about what I've been doing to promote EA, like exchanging blogs and posting in forums. Some of that has been marketing, but some has been giving and getting information. I'm hearing what other authors are doing, and letting them know what I'm up to. And it's not just promotion. One forum discussion I posted in is about book covers; another is about when to assemble a short story anthology; and another asks what fantasy books forum members are reading.

This led me to an observation: these new online marketing approaches also offer us authors the chance to talk about writing itself. We can discuss the business of writing, like covers and collections. We can discuss the art of writing, from plotting to creating interesting minor characters. Online marketing isn't just an internet version of a book signing; it also takes on aspects of critique groups and writing conferences. These aren't just chances to sell books, but opportunities to become better writers at the same time.

My friends, I think this is cool!  I hope this part of online promotion never changes.

2/1/11

Expert Assistance returns!

Good news! My first published SF novel, Expert Assistance, is back again after a year's absence. I have a cool new cover, thanks to Matt Orsman, an old friend who I got back in contact with through Facebook. For those of you new to this particular party, here's a short blurb:


To get out of debt, spacer Jake Bonner takes on two odd jobs. The first, chauffeur pop star Evvie Martini on her tour; the second, helping Daniel and Clarissa Rosen overthrow their planet’s tyrannical ruler. Unfortunately for Jake, Evvie finds out about his second assignment and, hoping to advance her career, invites herself to the revolution. From there the absurdity grows for Jake and his band of “freedom fighters.”  Expert Assistance pokes fun at revolutions, pop culture, and some of the cliches of sci-fi.


Click this link to go to the Facebook page to learn how to buy a copy in print or ebook formats.