It’s been just about a year since the world changed. Some ways? for the worse. Others? For the better. More people can work from home, now, instead of having to waste time and energy going in to the office.
I have to say, I really miss conventions. So do a bunch of other people. But we aren’t letting this new virtual reality stop us! I’ve been doing live chats weekly on Friday evenings on my YouTube channel, and despite my technical ineptness, we seem to be having a good time. JL Curtis, otherwise known as the Old NFO, has partnered up with Lawdog, and other rotating guest speakers, to have livestreams twice a week on his channel. Neither of us necessarily talk about our writing, his stream is more centered on current events (although last night mine touched a lot on the pandemic and vaccine), but it’s a way for us to interact with humans in something other than black and white text.
However, I have an upcoming event to promote that is about writing! And gardening, and authors sharing stories just like a panel at a convention. Never been to a con? Don’t have the time, money, etc. to get to one? Well, in the new virtual manner, H.P. Holo is bringing one to you.
You can join us for this panel, or find more info about past and upcoming panels, at the Facebook page (I know, I know, but it’s an effective marketing tool, still.) Or you can join in via Zoom if you aren’t on the FB. You can also explore H.P. and Jacob Holo’s website for more about the panels and their books, which you should, because they write fun stuff.
If we don’t hang together, we shall assuredly hang separately. Attributed to Benjamin Franklin, and it has the pithy flavor of the man to it. In this new world, more than ever we need to discover how to connect with our tribe. Other authors, yes, but also the readers who enjoy our stuff. As the tides have shifted, and the once wide-open vista of the internet contracts and recedes, it’s even more important than ever to discover a variety of ways to do it. Promoting our work means we sell stuff, which means we have a motive to keep writing. This means even fans have impetus to share our stuff – if they want more where that came from.
I’m not terribly good at marketing and promoting, personally. I need to get better. For instance, I’ll bet you didn’t know that The Case of the Perambulating Hatrack was coming out later this month?
And finally, I have a question. If I put the book up for preorder, would you prefer that? Or to have it suddenly and surprisingly appear when Amazon reacts to my pressing the publish button and makes it appear live in the store?