Monthly Archives: June 2013

Marketing Session Advice & Fallout

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WARNING: I am triple posting this because I want to let people know, just in case anyone is actually biting their nails… ;-)

Well. Chuckanut Writers Conference was awesome. I learned an incredible amount about market and publishing. The biggest thing I learned… Wait for it…Is…how much I still need to learn before releasing my book. Alice Acheson, the Marketing expert I had the honor of assisting for the conference, left me with brain spinning. Trying to find the middle ground between what I want and what is the best for the book, my career, and my present and future readers. It’s a minefield!

Alice has advised me to slow down and plan the next year’s worth of book activities. After getting this advice I talked to a couple other people “in the know” and everyone agreed. So, with a bit of frustration, but an acceptance that I often jump into things without being fully prepared tells me this is the right thing to do.

So, if you are really, really excited about reading my book in mid-August there are two solutions. (If you don’t like these and want to Kobayashi on me, send an e-mail!)

  1. I will be releasing the first 3 chapters in early August.
  2. I will also be adding Beta readers who will get the full “FINAL” draft in late August.
  3. ???

I will also be releasing a book of science fiction stories and poetry that will include at least one Deserted Lands story and possible the story that started it all back in 1996! The collection will be titled: Outward Bound: Collected Speculative Fiction and Poetry of Robert L.Slater.

In November I will be writing the next story which includes many of the same characters and picks up a few weeks after All is Silence. Back to rewrites and research.

Great thoughts on the future of the written word…

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I love this quote from Bettina Lanyi, aspiring novelist in Experts on Future of Reading and Writing as a former (and future) home brewer I think the analogy is sound.

“I picture novelists of the future as the literary equivalent of home brewers, coming up with small batches of craft brews geared toward a specific taste. The challenge for a novelist lies in connecting our work with those readers who have an appetite for it.”

I want to connect a reader with my book for several hours of travel in another universe, that returns them to this reality with some thoughts that stick with them.

ISBNs purchased!

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Just published 10 ISBNs. That will be 2 for a short fiction collection only available electronically, three for “All is Silence” and three for the next Deserted Lands novel. So perhaps I’ll use the other two for a second short fiction collection next year. And then I’ll need three for the third Deserted Lands novel and three for the first Oppositions, fantasy novel and… and… and… This train is rolling…