Quick one this week to share some cool to absolutely frackin’ amazing stuff. I do this in point form, because I’m feeling slightly OCD today.
**The UK cover for STORMDANCER is done, and awesome, and set to be launched next Monday, 26th March. It’ll be up on the TorUK blog and also featured over at the Story Siren with an interview from Yours Truly. Lock up your daughters and run to the hills.
**Marissa Meyer, NYT bestselling author of CINDER has read STORMDANCER, and dug it mightily, and gave me a simply awesome cover blurb (which you won’t see til I launch my website in April). She’s off rocking socks at the Bologna Book Fair atm, but still took the time to read and blurb, so yay Marissa. Much ❤
**I tweeted about this a while ago, but I guess I tell this story to illustrate the power of social media. I don’t believe in spending hours and hours every day on Twitter. I’m absolutely certain that thousands of Twitter followers do NOT represent thousands of sales. But. Here’s a story that shows there’s at least a little value in being out there and being heard:
At some point a few months ago, I tweeted something amusing (hard to believe, yes). It got retweeted a few times and floated around the net until it wound up in the feed of one Beth Revis, NYT bestselling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. She clicked on the twitter handle to find out who this extraordinarily witty and devilishly handsome bastard in her feed was, then back-tracked to my blog, then wound up on my About Stormdancer page, and finally emailed me and asking if she could read the book.
And I was all
OMFGOFCOURSEYOUCANREADIT “Yes, madam, that will perfectly acceptable, thank you.”
So she’s reading it right now. And if she doesn’t think it sucks horribly, she may say something nice about it for the cover. And hey, she MIGHT think it sucks horribly. Or that our audiences will clash. Or whatever. But the point is, a single tweet started it. So, authors, if there is a lesson here, it is this:
Get the frack out there.
Get on Twitter. Have a blog. Have a page about your book. Try not to come off like a three-toed sloth raised on a diet of cheetos and fuckwittery when you speak online. Make sure if people want to know about you, they can FIND YOU (and won’t run away screaming when they do). Because the person looking for you just might be a NYT bestseller willing to give up some of their life to read your shit.
**I tweeted about this yesterday, and I’m STILL tripping out about it. But this is another lesson learned thing:
So, I wrote a few articles about Steampunk on this blog over the last year. I don’t claim to be an expert or anything – truth be told, STORMDANCER is probably a little more fantasy than SP, but still, there’s definitely SP elements in there, and I love SP as a genre, so I did my best not to sound like a crazy homeless person when I talked about it. Tbh, I don’t really know how, but Scott Westerfeld, NYT Bestseller of the kickass LEVIATHAN trilogy recently found them. And he linked them in his Twitter feed along with a shout-out to me, and my hits went batshit crazy through the roof for a few days. And I thought ‘Wow, that was pretty nice of him. I must buy him some expensive wine or perhaps the services of an exotic dancer if he is thus inclined and I ever have occasion to meet him’.
So I sat around fretting for about two weeks, but eventually mustered the courage to email him and say thanks. And – in what will probably be the straight-up ballsiest maneuverer I pull all year – DARED to ask this dude to read my book. This dude who’s pretty much the biggest author anywhere near SP atm, and probably gets requests like this every single day. (We ourselves tried approaching through official channels, but I don’t think we got past the gatekeepers)
And Scott said yes.
Which still blows my frackin’ mind. Scott Westerfeld is reading STORMDANCER as I type this.
And yes, again, he might think it sucks. And politely excuse himself from blurbing it. Which would flat-out killlllllllll me, but hey. But the point is, again, if not for the blog, and that weird kind of osmosis that goes on between authors and those wonderful, wonderful readers on this thing called the interwebs, it wouldn’t have happened. Official channels didn’t cut it. But me spitballing for a few thousand words about Steampunk in my tiny, excrement smeared corner of the interwebs did.
It’s luck, pure and simple. But a good buddy of mine says ‘you make your own luck’ and in a way, these episodes kinda prove that point. You still need to be lucky for your shots to hit a moving target, yes. But, you’re not gonna hit a gorram thing if you’re not firing shots in the first place.
As Jimmy Malone said to Elliot Ness, ‘Here endeth the lesson.’
Six months til STORMDANCER hits US shelves. 5.5 before it hits UK shelves. 5 til it hits Australian shelves.