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I have completed my manuscript and put it out there and in just two short years have it published and in print. It is available here as well as other online stores. I just need to get into the regular storesa. I have started inquiries about signings and I attendede Dragoncon in Atlanta to promote my book. It was well recieved by any who cared to take a look at it but generating interest without alot of feedback where it is needed seemsw to be all i am attaining.
Signed, about at my wits end.
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First of all, let me say: Congratulations!

I recommend booking yourself on as many talk radio shows as possible. Start locally, then branch out. Talk show hosts love to book authors; you will be amazed at how easy it can be to book yourself on these shows. Most talk show hosts will even interview you over the phone.

Don't forget to alert local book stores ahead of time that you will be interviewed on their local radio programs so they can stock a few copies of your book. While you are at it, send a press release to the local papers announcing your upcoming interview.

If you book yourself on one radio show per day, five days a week, you will sell more books than you can imagine. Your job now is to be your own publicist. Good luck with the book sales.
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Hi, I am new to this. These are ideas I had off the top of my head. I know you sound frustrated, but re-group. You have one amazing thing here, you are overlooking. That is that now is the season that people will buy things for other people. Hope you didnt purchase too many copies. Yes, start thinking about Christmas. Your book sounds like it is for young people. That is a sure thing.

Some Ideas:

I presume it is a G-rated piece. Here is what I would do. I would work up some sort of a display, big bright pictures.

I would go to local children's museums and see if they would carry the book in their shops. I would go to every non-traditional spiritualist, Wiccan, occult, and alternative dragon loving kind store and see if they would stock it. See if you would fit in with Christian church stores. I don't know.

Sacrifice a few books to radio shows to give away as gifts. It will get your name on the air.

How do you get it on Amazon.com? Does Amazon have a Local Artist section? I am sure it does.

If you are self published try also to publish an on line down loadable edition with an online book seller.

Get your book in the local library. Go to a "Friends of the Library" meeting find who you need to speak to.

Can you write a piece about your love of fantasy for NPR public Radio? They often have listner spots. Can you write an article for a magazine? Can you get an exerpt printed in a children's magazine? Parents are the ones with the money, so you need to influence them to buy it.

Local reporters are always looking for a story. Contact your paper. Usually papers have a "Local Living" section. Send a copy to the Book Editor along with a press release. Often they do not have time to read these. If you are in a small town, try to get your picture and press release in the Local Regional section. Barns and Nobel Booksellers I believe has a "local writers" area. Try that.

Set up a You-tube account, find someone with a decent video recorder, and give a series of short readings. Do it infomercial style. (maybe).

As a published author, I believe you may be able to get some grants from the national endowment for the arts. Just being chosen is great advertisement.

Try to get on as a guest at a local PBS station. ?

Find a high school creative writing teacher and voulenteer to be a guest lecturer. Read exerpts and talk about how to write to young people. Go to girlscout or boyscout meetings and do the same.

These are only a few ideas.
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Thank you for the advice it is apreciated i have been trying to line up some signings before alerting the media so hopefully i am on the right track. thanks a bunch
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Claddagh, Dezdura:
Those are great suggestions! I'm not published yet, but I'm trying to finish one short story for publication ASAP. Amazon.com does publish short stories, but they want to do that when the writer has a full book published.
Do you have any advice for somebody (OK, me) who has a short story ready (this week, hopefully) for publication? Any online bookstore or online anything willing to publish a short story in downloadable form? If I had a full book ready, amazon.com would do it. I don't have a full book ready, so I'm looking for an alternative.
M-Elffriend:
Congratulations on having a book already published. That in itself is a major accomplishment. Would you like to post a passage of your book here for us to read? Also, since you already have a book published, did you think about having one of the chapters on amazon.com shorts? That's their downloadable short story section. Sometimes people would prefer to sample a writer's work before commiting to buy a whole book. Each short is downloadable for $0.49. That's easy on the wallet. If they like your writing, they may be more likely to buy your book.
Have all of your friends and family members review your book on amazon. Tell your mom to write the reviews. :smileywink: The more positive reviews you have, the better.
If you can't do a short with one of the books chapters, what about writing a short story with some of the characters from the book?
I hope these suggestions help.
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I have not kept up on short stories. I always thought of them as a way for a writer to hone his/her skill, or a way to test an idea. I haven't written one on many years. I think your idea for Amazon sounds great.
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klavim,

I have not heard of any venues willing to publish short stories in downloadable form. This is an interesting concept...I will look into this further and get back to you.

Is your story finished?
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My story is not finished yet, but will be this week. I'm posting it on The Writing Room. It's about vampires, and I'd like to have it ready for Halloween.
You can check Amazon.com shorts to see how they do it. I think it's a great idea, except that they require an author to have a book ready for publication and available through amazon before they can publish a short. The shorts are either downloadable or they stay in the amazon account of the person, I'm not sure. If you can do something like that with your publishing company, I think that would be great. Each story costs $0.49, so many people can buy a story as "impulse buy" instead of a whole book. That way they can sample the writing style of the author before making a larger investment of their money.
I'll be posting more of my story today on The Writing Room. See if you like it.
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klavim,

Let me know when your story is posted, I will definitely read it. I have been considering the story story download for my site; I'll keep you posted. Have a great day! I am looking forward to reading your vampire story.
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Claddagh,
I'm posting Horror Part V. It's very long.
Hope you like it, but my skin is thick and I take constructive criticism very well.
The story is not finished yet, but part V is a big chunk.
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I've heard that the absolutely most powerful way to market your book is word-of-mouth. Most people don't read reviews, are oblivious to what awards are, and don't necessarily pay attention to a book just because it's glaring them in the face. Fancy covers or unique lettering on the covers don't really drive sales. Send out copies of your book to people to read. If they like it they will spread the word. If enough people are wanting to read your book they'll be asking for it at bookstores. It's a good idea to send a copy of your book with a nice cover letter to libraries and bookstores to generate interest. If you can get a librarian or bookseller to read your book (and like it) they will mention it to patrons and customers. Book signings only reach a few thousand people--you want to reach hundreds of thousands. Radio is supposed to be one of the most reliable ways to put the word out, but give someone there a copy of your book to read so they can really promote it! Look for professional reviewers if you want to be able to post credibility. Get on MySpace or FaceBook and promote your book (include a chapter to catch people's attention). Just mentioning a title and a brief blurb may generate some interest, but give the public a little bit to read too. Build your own website (if you haven't already) and make sure you use popular search words so it will be found in search engines. Friends, family, associates, have them read your book and if your book is great they'll do the rest.
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Marketing is such a daunting task. A lot of great ideas cost money, train fares, materials etc, huge time and effort. Time isn’t always our friend when we must also work, take care of our family, look after and finances etc. The To-Do lists can seem inordinately long and complex.

I’m in the same boat, M-Elffriend, and I even paid for a marketing package, yet still most of the labour falls onto my inexperienced shoulders. I once read Marion Keyes, Under the Duvet, where she talks about some of her writing/marketing experiences. The funniest anecdote was when she was doing a Book Signing in some out of the way place, twiddling her thumbs and keeping busy by watching the wind blow the tumbleweeds down the road. She shares her experiences and by personifying it, thus making it more reachable for the rest of us.

I’m currently reading a valuable book recommended to me, called, The Tipping Point, by Malcom Gladwell, where he shares that small things, such as Clippership’s idea – ‘...a powerful way to market your book is word-of-mouth’ are very important. While the internet is still so public, we can take advantage of the many opportunities available.

I personally am trying a ‘Small things done frequently approach, ie: visiting every bookstore in many capital cities, and letters, emails, and follow-up phone calls to a list of media and book stores.

A lot of Clippership’s advice are also things that I also have on my self-styled Marketing Plan, and sometimes even just one single piece of handy advice from another person (whether or not they’re published, or even a writer) can mean the difference between book sales.



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Thank youfor your response Irishbookish, it is appreciated. I have been a little lacking in time to work on marketing my book lately. I also was in a give up on it mode for a while. Failing to heed my own advice that anything worth the time it takes to do, IS worth doing and shouldn't be easily shoved aside.
 
I have been also working some on the next part of my Quest as the readers so far that I have heard back from are getting antsy. I have had about 60 people gie me feedback so far and all of it positive. So I am going back around to the bookstores once again to get some signings lined up if possable.
 
I have also decided to go ahead with the press and line up some interviews whether i have signings lined up or not. I have worked some with several media personalities in my area and will move forward with them A.S.A.P. justy to get my book back out there and to show I am serious about it.
 
Anyway thanks again for the responses to any and all,
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Lord Emberstones Quest by Michael E. Hill         random chapter   
 
 
   

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A HOWLING IN THE NIGHT

 

It was late in their second day of travel when Farimain came in with the news he had found a shortcut to the giants valley. There was a waterfall that came out of a large cave. He had scouted the cave and found that it went through the mountaintop and entered the giants’ valley just a couple of miles from his home. Farimain did not see the giant but recognized the area from the last time he had been there. Eramil looked up at the sky, the sun would be disappearing soon but perhaps they could make the tunnel before nightfall and approach the cave in the morning.

The companions headed in the direction Farimain lead them. They arrived at the cave as the sun settled behind the mountain. The group traveled through the cave and set up their camp just inside the exit. They ate the sandwiches Donto had prepared for them and drank from the stream that ran through the cave. Then they settled down for the night, they wanted to wait to approach the giants’ home during the daylight.

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It was just past midnight and Bearmug was taking his turn at watch. He was thinking of a day 358 years ago when his father accompanied King Beargund in the war against the Chaos Wizard. Bearmug had only been 46 years old on that day and was not allowed to join in the march. His skill with a battle hammer was already as good as any others and he could throw his axes with the best of them. But the King had announced that no dwarf under the age of 100 years could join the army. His father was the Kings brother, and also a member of the throwhammer clan. He along with the rest of the clans’ warriors were the Kings guard. As such they also had perished when they charged into the wizards hold with their king.

That had been the end of the throwhammer clan as there was no elder male within the clan to claim the leadership. That had been a sad time indeed for Bearmug. His mother had rejoined the axwielders clan, which her father was a senior member of. Beramug could have joined also, or any clan he was willing to work his way into a position. But he chose to remain as the sole member of the Throwhammers and so was considered crazy. But Bearmug swore that one day he would make the Throwhammer name great again and set out on the trail to adventure. If he could find the resting place of Beargund and could claim the enchanted hammer of his uncle the name of Throwhammer would once again ring in the halls of the Granite Mountains.

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A strange howling off in the distance interrupted Bearmugs thoughts. Even as he listened closer it seemed to be coming in their direction. He went into the cave and awoke the others. They could all hear the howling as it was closing fast. The party was up and ready for trouble within moments. They didn’t have long to wait as the howling had become deafening. It was obvious this pack was coming for them and not just out on the hunt, perhaps the Chaos Wizard knew of their coming and had sent them.

The howling stopped as the wolves entered the cave, these were no ordinary wolves, they stood almost five feet at the shoulder and were at least six feet long in the body. Their hair was black and silver, their eyes glowed a bright white, their mouths full of fangs. There were at least twenty of them and they came straight in to attack.

Farimain fired a flame arrow at one and was rewarded with a yelp as it burst into flame. Tarfallus also had his bow out and working taking out another of the wolves. Lil stepped forward with her staff raised and with a word sent a cone of fire into the charging pack. Six of the wolves fell burning to the ground, this should have at least slowed the packs charge but these wolves continued on without care for the fate that took their other members.

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Eramil threw a pile of logs on the fire sending flames up to the ceiling, he then took a position on the right hand side of the fire beside Bearmug. Draag, Tarfallus, and Farimain took position on the left. Andros was moving to join Eramil when a wolf leaped threw the flames to attack Lil. A rolling dive took Andros to the wolf and a upward stab of his sword caught it in the chest as it landed. The wolves must have decided to attack Lil as she had shown herself to be a mage of some power, for even as the first one fell another leaped through as well. Lil was ready for the next one and sent it flying back into the flames with a well aimed lightning bolt. Andros took a stand beside her.

Farimain had made his kill with his short sword and dagger, Tarfallus with his sword of sharpness in hand had decapitated another, Draag had crushed the skull of one and sent another flying with hard blows from his mithril staff. These three were doing well and standing their ground against the pack. Eramil and Bearmug were doing the same on their side of the fire, Eramil had cut one down with a huge swing of his dragon sword , while Bearmug had crushed the skull of another charging wolf with a blow from his battle hammer. Lil and Andros continued to take any brave enough to jump the fire, so within minutes the fight ended with no casualties on the heroes side and twenty two wolves laying about the cave.

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Something strange began happening to the fallen wolves, their bodies began glowing ,then they turned into balls of light as they floated out the entrance to the cave. The only sign that a battle was waged were the bloodstains on the victors weapons and clothing. Lil and Draag went to work tending the minor wounds their friends had suffered, then Lil sensed the presence of another in the cave. She looked around but there was no one there, none the less she started to warn her friends when the creature suddenly made his presence known.

Eramil and Andros were at the stream washing their hands and faces of the blood from the battle, a light appeared before them and two hands reached out grabbing them and hurling the two across the cave to crash into the wall. The creature then stepped out of the light and with a motion of his hand in Draags direction forced the beastman to obey his command. Draag grabbed Tarfallus and Farimain each in one of his powerful hand and slammed them together knocking them unconscious. Draag seeing what he had done broke the spell that had been cast upon him and in a rage charged at their new foe, Lil sent a spell of sleep into Draags path stopping him and he fell to the floor sleeping.

The creature stepped into the firelight and faced Lil , He was eight feet tall of solid muscle, atop his head was a hood made from the skin of a wolf with a pair of elk antlers rising from the top. He had a whip in his left hand and a huge battleax in his right. He

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laughed at Lil and said, " So you would save your friend by putting him to sleep. Now that your most powerful member is down, who will save you? Do you think that you and a dwarf are any match for me?" Lil put a hand on Bearmugs shoulder to steady him, then replied, "I know you leader of the hunt, what has brought you here from the astral plane? Is it there are no more foes worthy of you? Or perhaps you are here to do the bidding of some mortal creature?"

The hunter angered at Lils words but answered anyway, " I am the servant of no one. I am but repaying an old debt, once this task is completed I will be free to hunt among the stars once more. You I shall take my pleasure from, as soon as I finish with your friend." Lightning fast he struck out with his whip catching Lils staff and pulling it from her grip. He took the staff and tried to break it in his huge hands, when he found he could not he threw it out of the cave into the darkness.

Andros had been knocked unconscious from striking the wall but Eramil had only been stunned, he untangled himself from his friend and stepped up to Lils side saying, " You can not be much of a man who would threaten a woman when more worthy foes still face you." The hunter just smiled and once again lashed out at Lil with his whip. This time Lil was ready for him and as the whip came in she held up her hand and spoke a

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pair of words. This activated a spell upon the whip, it burst into flame and then wrapped around the hunter causing him to let out a gasp of pain. Eramil and Bearmug moved forward to attack.

The hunter broke free of his whip just as the two moved in, he blocked the blow Eramil sent his way, Bearmug though was able to land a powerful blow with his hammer on the hunters leg. The hunter howled again but was still able to deflect Eramils next strike. This time Bearmug landed a blow behind the hunters knee causing him to stumble off balance and fall to the ground. Eramil and Bearmug tried to take advantage of their fallen foe, he was to quick for them and managed to roll out of the way of their blows. The hunter regained his feet and once again deflected the dragon sword only to be caught another blow by Bearmugs hammer. He howled again in pain but was able to kick out at Bearmug with his other leg sending the dwarf flying down the passage.

Lil was trying her best to find a way she could attack the hunter without causing harm to her friends. She had seen the hunter before on the Astral Plane when she traveled there with Glimring. The hunter had used his pack to weaken a powerful demon who had unfortunately crossed into the hunters territory. The creature was more powerful than the hunter, but with his exceptional speed and skill he had defeated the demon sending him back to the pits of darkness.

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Lil had fought beside Eramil for many years and knew he would never back down from a fight, she was terribly afraid for him as he was outmatched. The hunter squared off to face Eramil, he was smiling now as if expecting an easy victory. The hunter suddenly threw his ax at Eramil thinking it would cut him in two, only the extra power Eramil gained from the armbands of cave troll strength allowed this not to be true. He stood his ground and deflected the hunters ax, then attacked the unarmed hunter with a fury. The hunter dodged blow after blow Eramil sent his way, then with a word his ax reappeared in his hand. Eramil had a advantage no longer, and was hard pressed defending himself against the hunters attack.

The hunter finally landed a blow to his advantage knocking the dragon sword from Eramils grasp. It was Eramils turn to dodge now, the hunter swung a mighty blow straight down, planning to cut Eramil in two, Eramil sidestepped the blow and when the hunters ax hit the ground Eramil slugged him in the face. The hunter was stunned by this blow, he had never been struck this way before so was not ready for the fist Eramil followed with. Another blow to the stomach and an uppercut to the jaw sent the hunter backwards to the ground stunned. Eramil quickly retrieved his sword and was ready when the hunter regained his feet. A thrust of his sword caught the hunter squarely in the chest as he charged in ax held high. This ended the conflict and the hunter began to glow and floated away as his pack did before him.

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Eramil fell to the ground exhausted and Lil ran to his side, He said, " That is one person I never want to fight again." Lil smiled, " I agree, the Hunter and his pack are one of the most feared entities on the Astral Plane. We did well to survive this encounter, I hope we do as well with the Chaos Wizard." Eramil "I have no doubt that we will. Together we can overcome anything, that is as long as we have our friends." Lil looked around, Draag was sitting up shaking off the effects of her sleeping spell, Tarfallus and Farimain were standing looking confused, Andros was still out, and they could hear Bearmugs armor clanking as he came running back up the passage.

Lil tended to Eramils wounds first, then she went to see what she could do for Andros. Draag was already working on Farimain and Tarfallus, Bearmug was pacing back and forth still spoiling for a fight. Lil went to the dwarf after she had revived Andros and gently drew attention to the bleeding wound on his arm. He sat down and allowed her to heal him, all of them took a long drink from the potion of endurance that Draag had provided them. They had decided to rest the two hours they had left until dawn, as they readied themselves for sleep a ball of light appeared in the cave and floated to Eramils feet.

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The party instantly went to his side ready to do battle again. A voice spoke to them out of the darkness, " fear not brave warriors, this is not an attack, I wish only to repay a debt. Lord Emberstone, you defeated me fairly and have proven yourself a worthy adversary. I was indebted to an ancient demon and with my defeat you have freed me from that debt. To thank you for this service I give you Greymane, he is the fiercest member of my pack. Should you ever need him you have but to call his name." The light burst and a bronze statue appeared. It looked exactly like the wolves they had battled except its mane was gray instead of silver. The statue was eight inches long and six inches tall; Eramil studied the statue for a minute before tucking it away inside his belt pouch.

Lil watched what transpired and smiled to herself. It had always been a part of Eramil to overcome even the most hopeless of challenges, only to gain much in the respect of those he came in contact with. That as much as anything is what held those gathered around him. Each of this party was an hero in his own right, all had passed the test of time. They had also shared in perilous situations with the odds against them, only to prevail in the end. But with Eramil , he had a confidence that no matter how bad the odds he would survive, and that same confidence seemed to surround them all when in his presence. Looking at the group around her she had no doubt that they would overcome the Chaos Wizard and all would be well in the world once more.

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Eramil lay awake thinking a while longer before going to sleep. He knew how lucky he had been to survive the day, but he also was proud of the gift he had received. He was certain the gift was freely given and no trick of the Chaos Wizards. He was also sure that the Hunter would not report his defeat and their surprise attack still had a chance. He felt the responsibility of leading his friends into danger, for today had nearly cost them dearly. But he also knew those gathered around him and knew that they would have come alone or as a group to face the trials ahead. But the lesson here was one he needed to be sure and not repeat. The wolves were never the real danger, but none-the-less they had to be dealt with, before the true challenge showed itself. Just as the Chaos army would have to be dealt with in order to challenge the Chaos Wizard. Eramil shook these thoughts from his head, he would just have to take things as they came. He then settled back and drifted off to sleep.

 

 

 

 

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