I went for an entire day without boring you by talking about my hilarious science fiction book…
SALOON AT THE EDGE OF EVERYWHERE
Book One of
THE OTHERWHERE CHRONICLES
Available in paperback now at;
and on Kindle at;
(Coming soon to other e-readers, I hope)…
But I do want to ask your opinion about something. I need your help. I have never made it a secret that I am an all-art-side-of-the-brain type person. What that means is that I can come up with new story lines for this series of books forever. What I can’t do is market myself. Even I don’t consider what I am now doing… harassing all of you and my relatives and everyone else I know to buy a copy of my book… to be a very effective marketing strategy.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. I can come up with crazy marketing ideas by the hundreds. I can make a giant alien costume of one of the characters from the book and start stalking the streets of San Diego. I could rush around to phone booths and call in hundreds of spaceship sightings to the news outlets. I could hire a plane to do sky writing or pull a big banner. I can order boxes full of my own paperbacks and try to sell them at the beach or at train stations, or hand out business cards to strangers. Trust me, I can go on and on like that. But I need real ideas from normal people… and people who follow my blog.
I need to create a buzz.
This isn’t just marketing to fulfill my vast need for attention. It isn’t just about trying to become a famous author and have them make movies of my books. I mean obviously that is all part of it. I need to make at least a little money or I have to go back to trying to get another minimum wage job. But I believe that there is a tipping point. A certain magic number of books that I have to sell on my own before I can go into the big publishing houses and say, “Look, people like the books. I am worth taking a chance on.” And then I will have access to their marketing resources. And then I can stop pestering you to buy them.
I know that you have no real reason to care whether or not I ever make money as a writer. Other than the fact that you sort of like me, that is. But this isn’t just for me. If I, a crazy and rather lazy old guy who dropped out of high school in the 1970’s, can’t spell or use proper grammar, has no real life skills and is a complete computer moron, can make it as an author, then we all have a chance. We can all do it.
Try to think of me as that monkey they sent up in a space rocket before they tried it with a human being. Let me be your rocket monkey.
So please, give me some ideas. How can I spread the word about this first book?
Help me to help all of us, the dreamers who string words together and hope that somebody reads them.