Sunday, July 19, 2015

4 ‘Fantastic Finds’ for Writing Fiction and Marketing It

Two aliens: one with one huge eye with a globe for a pupil, the other with two globes for eyes.
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A very busy week, made even busier when you don’t have a car which is my situation. Even though I prefer public transportation and walking, sometimes those two things aren’t practical. So when I do have a car I try to reduce driving it as much as possible. I believe in taking care of our planet. Who knows when we’ll be able to find and settle on another inhabitable one. Even though scientists are discovering them already, traveling to them is a long ways off. I found this out when I was researching for the world-building of my recent short story that I talked about last time

I was researching interstellar space travel and the sources I looked at indicated that traveling to other solar systems, where many inhabitable planets are, won’t happen that soon. According to these sources, it probably won’t be possible until after AI has dominated the planet which probably won’t be for another 100 to 200 years. Keep in mind, this is all speculation, but speculation based on scientifically plausible theories and so is not scientific fact yet. So it looks like I’ll be setting my space opera in the pretty distant future since it’s set on planets outside our own solar system. Here’s a couple of the sources I used for my research:

And now for some . . .

Far Out Fantastic Finds

I found these four Far Out Fantastic Finds to be really informing about other authors’ writing processes, including marketing and promotion such as the one on book trailers. Also there’s a good one by Auden Johnson of Dark Treasury about using keywords to market your books. Speaking of world-building, Johnson is an expert on the subject and so if you want to know more about it then I strongly suggest you check out her blog. Now for the Finds:

“Keywords are important in getting your book found online. . .”
From Dark Treasury

“I’ve talked about it off and on in interviews and the like, but I cannot stress how big of an influence libraries have had on me. I still remember going into my first one as a kid. It was built into a former residence in a small Illinois town, the librarian still lived above it, and it was magic. . . ”
From Come Selahway With Me

“So, I've had people ask me, ‘What do you think about doing a book trailer for Thorn or Murder?’ . . . Here's the problem: . . . it wouldn't be a trailer for the books.  It would be a trailer for an interpretation of the books. . .”
From Marshall Ryan Maresca

“. . . All this chaos also slowed down my writing considerably. . . I was having a really hard time trying to decide where to take the next scene in the story.  I had several options but none of them were really going anywhere.  They seemed more like unnecessary side streets that did not lend enough to the main story. 
Finally I did the one thing I keep reminding everyone else to do...”
From Musings of a Creative Mind

That’s all for this week.

Until next time . . .

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