Category Archives: Promotion and the Writer
At Cool Gus Publishing we’ve begun to use Slideshare as a way to storyboard our books.
The first novel I did this on, is Duty, Honor, Country, A Novel of West Point & The Civil War. The reason I picked this book is because it is historical fiction that lends itself to images. As you can see when you go through the storyboard I use both prose, current day photos and photos and video and drawings and photos from the time of the story. The Civil War was the first extensively photographed war, so that helps. Also, I find the drawings done by U.S. Grant and W.T. Sherman to be fascinating. We still took drawing when I was a cadet at West Point.
There are also maps of West Point as it was there and a photo of the classic Benny Havens tavern, which cadets still sing about and which is the locale for the first scene in the book.
I’ve inserted a video of Civil War generals from West Point. One of the key facts that got me started on this book was something I had to memorize as a plebe at West Point. In 60 major battles of the Civil War, West Pointers commanded both sides in 55 and one side in the other 5. This help explains why the war lasted so long.
One reason I started using Slideshare was that at the Discoverability Conference in New York earlier this year, one of the presenters pointed that people search for images almost more than keywords. When I tweet the link to the Slideshare, the image of the first slide appears. I think that’s the reason it’s had quite a number of hits.
We also did Slideshares on our nonfiction books, such as Write It Forward: From Writer to Successful Author, and How We Made Our First Million on Kindle, because Slideshare lends itself very well to that type of book.
Next week, with the launch of my next titles, Area 51: Nightstalkers, I’ll present a series of Slideshares on the book. We already have one up, and I plan on doing several more.
I’m getting really excited about the publication of Nightstalkers since it’s being put out by 47North which is Amazon’s science fiction imprint. They’re doing a variety of things to publicize the book, but more importantly, I like the way I wrote it: lots of action as always, but with snark and a worldly sixteen year old girl at the center of the story bringing out the humanity among the members of the elite Nightstalker team. If I had to pitch it, I’d call it: The Unit meets Warehouse 13. It’s already climbing science fiction bestseller lists with pre-orders but I want it to hit the top 100 on Amazon Kindle.
I’ve also moved in the past couple of week and am finally getting caught up. The Green Beret Survival Guide for the Apocalypse, Zombies & More is behind schedule but I’m catching up as my office is finally set up (after frying a motherboard on my laptop in the process, which Apple graciously replaced gratis even though it was three days out of warranty). I call our new abode Write on the River as we overlook the Tennessee River just west of Knoxville. We love it here and plan on writing many, many great books. Cool Gus & Sassy Becca like it too.
More on Nightstalkers next week.
In the meantime, Jen Talty is doing a Goodreads Giveaway.
I’m back home and have spent the entire day just trying to clear out my email in-box and my physical in-box. I also took Cool Gus & Sass Becca for a run. It was about 85 out, but luckily we cross a creek during the run and they can splash about and drink some water. They’re still getting used to the big move and the much different weather. Becca chased a fox, which might not have turned out well, but it got away.
I’ve got a stack of business cards from RT that I have to go through and follow up on. It was a very worthwhile trip. I’m indebted to Romantic Times for my career achievement award even though I missed being there on time to get it—those who know me, know that when I teach, I tend to stay afterwards and answer all questions and time just away from me. Mea Culpa.
I also talked for a long time with a friend from the King County library system and big plans are brewing in my brain. I can see the smoke.
Terry Brooks had this to say about my Atlantis series: “Spell-binding! Will keep you on the edge of your seat. Call it techno-thriller, call it science fiction, call it just terrific story-telling.” That’s what you get when you teach with him seven straight years at Maui, but also it is a really cool series.
This book is one of my favorites because my hero, Ragnarok, a Viking in the year 1,000 AD, must protect a Seer from Valkyries, Kraken and other forces of legend and help her on a quest that connects through mysterious gates to my modern former Green Beret, Eric Dane’s battle in the present. Ragnarok was one of those characters that just clicked. He’s a guy’s guy. Very concerned about the condition of his axe. Seriously.
Also this week, one of my books is being featured on Nook First: Psychic Warrior: Project Aura. I based the book on an actual program (once classified) we ran in the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). If you’ve seen the movie, Men Who Stare At Goats, well,– strangely, while it was a funny movie, there was a lot of really true material in there. We did some strange things in Trojan Warrior and also, the First Earth Battalion was a concept I was briefed on at West Point.
There’s a lot more interesting stuff happening, including, a name change for Who Dares Wins Publishing. I’ll blog about it later, once the LLC is formally established, but there’s a really big hint on this page for what the new name will be.
Write It Forward!