Watch out – thoughts on self promotion!

Yesterday was the last day of my first Kindle promotion. It’s also the day I helped put up Halloween decorations. Of the two, the latter gave more pleasure. It’s not that the former isn’t of value – if you don’t do the work, no-one reads your stuff and you get no feedback.
Let’s get a couple of things straight. The reward for writing can be more than money. Your stuff can be more than a makeover of last year’s fad. Write it right and you open up your thinking to readers, show them different points of view.

Kitten - subsequently named Barbara Streisand (My preference was Napoleon)
Kitten – subsequently named Barbara Streisand (never mind I preferred Napoleon)

We are all strangers, looking across the river of life at others. Seeing difference, seeing something new and maybe interesting. Why a river? Because life builds a unique perspective for each of us. Along the way, we meet, make friends, lose friends, drifting from one set of circumstances to another. Sure, we go for the group think and embrace (or reject) social norms; but underneath, we are born strangers and often as not, die alone.
When you connect with someone, you share. They tell you enough that you see the world through their eyes. What you see is usually different.
If it isn’t you’re in trouble; like as not you’re…

a Replicant…聽on the run.

Watch out – a Blade Runner

is coming

Writers inhabit a rarefied atmosphere. They share their visions with others through the power of words. In creating a world they open up an entire universe. The author breathes life into his characters, each with a different take on that world. The act of creation interests me. Selling that vision – like a C19th barrow boy hawking his wares to passers-by – seems crass. But that’s how things are.

Pitching blurb isn’t the moral high ground; I want normality. This means returning to my take on Andre Norton and Phil Dick – The P’Nong – and cranking out the words. And later, weighing up what to do next on other WIP’s.


Science Fiction
Joe and the Xenophids 4k
路 The Adventures of Matter Grabba 5k
Lucky 21k
The P’Nong 13k

路 Brant, a Fantasy 22k
路 A Sending 6k

The Central Sea 9k

路 Alibi 8k
Without Question 7k
Harjazes 9k
That’s a lot of loose ends. They’re actually聽enticements;聽developed聽to a state where a publisher can take a view. What view? That’s a publisher’s prerogative. 鹿

鹿 I’m an accountant; I do big number analysis and market segmentation for a living. I really do get the business angle.