Marketing and Coffee Consumption

My word, I never expected this side of writing when I was a kid. My new routine involves trying to finish up Trinity in the morning and sending emails out to book bloggers in the afternoon.

I never realized how many people run their own book-blogs.

Interestingly, every single one of them seems to have a different criteria for reviewing and requires a slightly different set of information from the authors they plan to review. That means no form emails from me. I can cut and paste bits and pieces, like my bio and blurb, but everything else needs to be crafted to fit what the folks are asking for.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. This is part of the gig. Three Furies gave me a list of amateur bloggers and said I could contact as many or few as I liked.

I’m all in. That means I’ll do my best to contact every single lead they’ve offered. I’m living my dream of being a published author, but I need to put in all the extra leg work I can manage.

Maybe someday I’ll be able to have someone do this for me, but I’m not holding my breath that it will be anytime soon. Unless, I convince Katelyn that she could help me out with this. (Evil genius laughter is ringing through my head.) I’m not sure I could convince her. She’s busy working on her own story.

Unfortunately, this cuts my writing time in half.

The upside is that I have more time to pace the ending to Trinity… and drink more coffee.

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I’m almost done reading Code of the Lifemaker. It still feels dated, but definitely an interesting read. The whole fake-psychic thing really played an interesting and generally untapped angle on science-fiction.

As with a lot of science-fiction it really zeros in on the topics of humanity. Hogan really hit the nail on the head with predicting the descent into consumerism that has plagued our nation since the novel was written in 1983. One of the ideas that is repeated throughout the book is that people are basically too stupid and ignorant to realize their level of ignorance and until they grasp that reality, nothing will ever change.

Now that thought is not necessarily new, but it is a sporadically historic thought that has been rehashed in what some have termed the decline of America. Hogan has a laugh about politicians being good at one thing, getting elected. Evidently, some things never change.

One of the ideas I am most interested so see resolved is the perspective of religion and faith interacting with knowledge. How will a synthetic retelling of the Bible clash with neo-colonialism on an interplanetary scale? Will Hogan use this platform to bash faith or is it something that has a place beyond the bounds of our planet?

I’m not sure. I guess I’ll have to finish the book.

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Wrapping up, progress is being made on the final act of Trinity and I’m hoping so see the conclusion of the first draft in the next few weeks. I have landed reviews and promo spots with several independent book bloggers. If you happen to be a blogger or have connections to any, please let me know. I’d love to chat about the prospect of doing some sort of promotion.

Atom & Go: Genesis is on schedule to be released 7/9/20. I just finished up the final edit. The cover looks to be set.

All in all, things are good. So, stay safe, keep on reading, and keep on flying the Black.

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