Monday, January 30, 2012

Launch ideas for "Liz A. Stratton" and FREE book

I have just ordered a proof copy of Liz A. Stratton Closes the Store from, and it will be here in a week. It will be fun to see the manuscript in book form! Once I decide the proof is up to snuff, I'll figure out when I can make it available to the masses.

One thing I have to decide is how to handle the "launch."  Book launches can be tricky things. In order to play the game correctly, one has to create enough buzz before the book comes out so that everyone goes to ideally at the same time on the same day to buy the book so it rockets high up in the Amazon "rankings" for the book's category. This, in theory, will help create more buzz for the book, and will probably make the title easier for consumers to find when they search Amazon.

Do any of you have ideas for effective book launches? I would be very grateful for some advice.

In fact, I will give a copy of LSCTS (in any one format, print or electronic) to anyone whose idea I use to launch the book. (Yes, giveaways are launch strategies, but I could use some giveaway ideas, too).

Thank you in advance!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Print version of Liz A. Stratton available soon!

I am putting the finishing touches on the print edition of Liz A. Stratton Closes the Store. I am fiddling with the cover at the moment.

I will announce when it is done and where it will be available.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Writing Group!

My friend Therese and I are starting a Writing Group. Who wants in?

We are looking for local writers, I think, who want to meet in a physical room at the same time. However, if there is enough interest, perhaps we will create an online writing group as well.

At the moment, we are open to all writing genres, but I think we'd like to limit ourselves to fiction.

Comment below or contact me if you are interested in writing with us!

Monday, January 2, 2012

52 writing prompts

52 Sci-fi and Fantasy writing prompts.

In case the muse fails you, here is a link to someone who has graciously given us a prompt a week based on her favorite books.

I like in particular:

Week 2: Write a page of dialogue between a dying but powerful dragon and the boy who stumbled into his lair in search of something with which to save his people. (Inspired by The Riftwar Saga)

Week 19: Write a chase scene around an old castle and its grounds between a young witch on a broom and an angry dragon. (Inspired by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)


Week 23: Write a resourceful fight scene on a bridge between an army of animated broken umbrellas and a zombielike brigade of men wielding smog over a book. (Inspired by Un Lun Dun)

Now you have no excuses.