NaNo: NaNo

I give myself permission to write an absolutely execrable NaNo book.

Fortunately, I know I’m fully capable of doing that. *grin*

Anyone have any ideas about non-disgustingly in-your-face promotion of books? I thought about sending out or handing out bookmarks and flyers and that sort of junk, but really, I just throw those away when I get them, so I figure most people would do that, as well. My family and circle of acquaintances have no interest in my books except that they think I am making money off of them (which I’m not) and thus resent my doing that (“Why should you get money for those scribbles when people post free stuff on the Internet all the time? And that stuff is GOOD–it’s all about vampires and it has car chases on odd pages and gunfights on even pages! Why doesn’t YOURS have anything good in it?”)

There must be some way to promote, some rational method other than being all obnoxious in my journal and every e-mail message. I see this everywhere, and I cringe when I see those people coming. You know the type–the people who on every mailing list add to every message they send, “By the way, my book BORING AS A DIALTONE is out for the Kindle, Nook, Hypnosa, and NoDeadTreeZ units as well as in trade paperback. Win a copy by leaving your name in the comments! Buy a copy for Christmas for everyone you know, even if they don’t have computers and can’t read! You’ll love my portrayal of the character Vapida and her lovely ancient vampire hunchback boyfriend Stupido and their lovely world of loveliness as they fight to regain their love in a massive Bingo marathon! The story will renew your faith in human squalor! Get six copies today and pass on the news!” I hate these messages and rarely check out these people’s work, just because I am so contrary. Can’t help it–born this way.

But I know I should be promoting the books somehow.


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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