Chanticleer Author’s Conference 2016 like other CACs was very focused on helping independent authors be successful. I’m in the process of putting the good ideas I received to work:
- Book Covers – I went to Jeff Brown Graphics and asked Jeff to create new covers. Jeff is very creative and great to work with. They’re shown here and also make a fine new header image for the website.
- Perfect the product – I asked Sara Stamey, award winning author of The Ariadne Connection and Islands for editorial assistance.
- Social Media and Branding – I asked Shari Stauch of Where Writers Win to help me create a social media platform. This work is still under way. I also subscribed to the WWW Winners Circle which gives you access to a great deal of information about reviewers, book clubs and other helpful things.
- Promotion Strategy – James Wells, award winning author of The Great Symmetry, made a presentation at CAC16 about marketing eBooks. It was clear and actionable.
- Reviews – The services I will use to help with the promotion strategy look at the author’s online presence and the number of reviews. Some of the services don’t require any reviews, some require a minimum of ten and some require more. I had three at the end of May. The number is growing slowly and I value each new review. Thank you for the reviews!
Soon the new covers and interiors will be up on Amazon and B&N, and I’ll be ready to apply to the promotion services. I’m optimistic about the possible results, and hopeful that I’m underestimating them…
I will be attending the Chanticleer Author’s Conference April 29 – May 1. It is at the Bellwether Hotel in Bellingham, Washington. At the awards event on the night of April 30, I will receive the Cygnus award for Janus Unfolding: Emergence. Attending authors can present their books for sale during the conference and at the book fair open to the public on May 1. The book sales are managed by the staff of Village Books of Bellingham. I will have all three books of the Janus Unfolding available for sale. Book three, Janus Unfolding: Inheritance will be released as a paperback and eBook just ahead of the Conference. Hope to see you there!
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Janus Unfolding: Emergence has won the Cygnus First Place Award for Speculative Fiction. This is one of Chanticleer’s most competitive writing competitions. It’s wonderful to get this recognition.
I’ve begun writing the first novel in the Carter Kovak mystery series. Carter and his wife Natalie are former intelligence agency employees. Carter worked for an agency that doesn’t exist anymore, he laughs and says, “…actually, it didn’t exist while I was working there….” Natalie worked for the FBI as a person who could find the answer to any question and provide the analyses needed to support the field agents. They met while working on a case together. I’m very excited about what these two will get into and how they will work their way to successful conclusions.
The first draft of the third book in the Janus Unfolding series, Inheritance is completed and in editing.
The second book in the series, Emergence is now available in paperback.
I found out what was stopping me from finishing the third book. Soon I’ll be able to say, the first draft of this one is done. 🙂
Doing more weeding and reading, than writing. In the back of my mind, I am working on how to finish the third book in the Janus Unfolding series. I have tried to begin that work several times and it doesn’t come. I don’t want to force it so I’m Weeding and Reading.
As I write the Janus Unfolding series, Arthur Clarke’s quote, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” comes to mind.
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Suppose we are the less advanced people (easy enough to imagine that). Then ask: What would be so advanced relative to our experience to seem like magic to us? For example.
Magic – Moving from one location to another instantly, perhaps without being seen in transit.
Magic – All children are loved, clothed, fed, sheltered and given an education, and all women are treated with respect and empowered to fully participate in society. We may as well throw in that there is no more war or armed aggression and bullies do not prosper.
What would we have to understand for the first one to seem common place?
What would a world have to be like for the second one to be the norm?
The 1943 science fiction short story Mimsy Were the Borogoves by Lewis Padgett is about a toddler and his infant sibling who do things that are quite unusual.
It is a story I am reminded of this whenever I see young children playing, unfettered by ‘impossibilities’ that are so obvious to adults. It’s not so much the specific story line as the concept that there is more to our existence than can be described by our senses and the associated four dimensions.
In my writing, I present characters with something that is ‘impossible’ and then ask them to find out how such a thing could occur.
I’m often surprised by what they come up with.