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…

Cover Art & Bookmarks


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Exciting times. I’ve been researching publishing and beginning to put together a plan for August and everything after. Looking at first printing through the local bookstore Village Books on their Espresso Print Machine then doing additional printing through Lightning Source. E-book will be released for all readers. Aiming for all of this to happen between August 24th and August 31st.

First steps after research are revising and editing the novel with a final date for Advanced Reader Copies for July 31st. While that happens I’m working on the marketing.

My daughter Sheridan helped me design bookmarks that should appeal to my target readership. I’ll be putting up a Design contest on


“All is Silence in the World” Progress


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Hey folks,

Last night I finished the climax (third time charm) for the novel.  Now I need to fill in a couple final rising action scenes and the last few pages of the denouement. Then on to the rewrite.

In the last few weeks I’ve also written most of a short story set 100 years in the future of “The Deserted Lands” series. It was my idea for the Bellingham Herald Science Fiction serial, coming to a Sunday paper near you in July.  I’m hoping to offer it as a free download for the few weeks before and after my novel release.

Write on,


Kickstarter: Citizen of the Galaxy graphic novel.


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Hay folks,

Just pledged a bit of my hard-earned cash to this Kickstart of Heinlein’s Citizen of the Galaxy to create a graphic novel. I hope they do it even if the Kickstart does not happen. Seems like a great one to start with. Also discovered that Joss Whedon was probably nodding to this Heinlein book. Eric Gignac, who is the man behind the kickstart says: “In the middle of the book, the two spaceships Thorby is interested in visiting are called, ‘Serenity’ and ‘Firefly’.” Cool. And the art looks great.

Melancholy Elephants: Is copyright killing our cultural past?


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From past present 1983 Spider Robinson’s Melancholy Elephants. Brilliant mind. Spider predicted the dilemma we are facing today. Read this Atlantic article then read the FREE Creative Commons copy of Melancholy Elephants.We need genius thinking here. There are two opposing ideas: protecting creators of art and their creations during their lifetimes and allowing cultural studies both present and future. Quote from the article:

“Thanks to the DMCA, the future of our cultural history will be based on the work of people who ignored the law — the same people that many copyright holders would call “pirates.” How ironic that the pirates will be the ones that save the day when they’re supposed to be the bad guys. If librarians wanted to do the same thing, they’d be branded as criminals.” Benj Edwards

Let’s protect the art for the creators and the consumers (read: appreciators/readers/watchers) and the future culturalists, not the corporations. See my post on Random House below.

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