Happy Pub Day to Papercuts J.P. and The Papercuts Anthology: What Happened Here, Volume 1! I'm honored to have a piece featured in such a wonderful collection alongside the likes of Randy Susan Meyers, Paul Tremblay, Jennifer Tseng, and more.
As you all know, reviews are a difference maker when it comes to visibility for books, doubly so for small press and lesser known authors.
In an effort to drum up some reviews, 280 Steps has put together a little promotion:
It's madness, I tell you!
Check out the details HERE - good luck and thanks as always for your support.
Back to work!
I love small press. I can't say enough good things about 280 Steps and their support for SAFE INSIDE THE VIOLENCE over the past few months. It's been a lot of fun and I hope some of the momentum carries over into 2016 and beyond.
But as writer and proprietor of Broken River Books, J David Osborne, described so honestly in his recent blog post - Money Money Money Money (Cha-Ching) - there's only so much a small press can do. It's also on the author to drive sales and promotion of their work.
So what works? How does one do this effectively? I'm not sure anyone really knows. I'm repeatedly followed, unfollowed, and followed again on Twitter by "best-sellers" with thousands of followers in an attempt to make a quick buck. Then there's the relatively recent trend on Facebook to treat it as an impersonal selling tool as well, becoming 'friends' with as many strangers as possible in hope of increasing one's audience. I'm not sure how successful either of these strategies are, but they are too hard a sell for me. Everyone draws a different line in the sand. On the opposite side of the spectrum you have people who won't market at all and criticize those who do. It's impossible to please everyone, especially when there is no clear answer to the question - what makes books sell?
Reviews help, that's for sure. Online, in print, word of mouth - all drive algorithms and discussion that can only boost a book's signal. With that in mind, I have a deal for you:
Leave an honest review for SAFE INSIDE THE VIOLENCE by 12/13 and be entered to win a copy of WHAT HAPPENED HERE: Year One at Papercuts J.P. - a compilation of exclusive works by authors who visited Papercuts J.P., Boston's newest independent bookstore, in its first year - featuring my story, "The Push," a pseudo-sequel to "Digging a Deep," (from Safe Inside the Violence) as well as work from Paul Tremblay, Jennifer Tseng, Rory Flynn, Catie Disabato, and many more. 300+ pages of pure AWESOME.
Where? On a blog, newspaper, Amazon, Goodreads, the palm of your left hand in permanent marker. Be creative, I don't judge. Tell your people and spread the good word!
On Monday, 12/14 I'll randomly pull a name and announce the winner here.
Thank you all for your continued support!
About BURN CARDS:
Mirna Fowler believes she has been cheated in life, growing up in a broken home alone with a drunken and gambling-addicted father. Now she works at a small hair salon in Reno, doing her best to survive while she saves money for school. Hoping to get a degree that will take her places.
But in the wake of her father's death, Mirna inherits his extravagant debt, an amount of money she can never repay. As her fractured world begins to crumble, the search for the truth sets her on a path where life hangs on her every move.
Advance Praise for BURN CARDS:
“With a character you care about and a momentum you can't avoid, BURN CARDS is aces. This fast-moving novella pulses with enough energy to power all the casinos in Nevada.” - Steve Weddle, author of Country Hardball
"the shit-kicking streets of a dead end desert town have never been meaner." — Joe Clifford, author of Lamentation
"This bare-knuckle noir pulses with energy and punches hard." — William Boyle, author of Gravesend
"Irvin illuminates the city of Reno itself, casting the flickering glow of his sharp observations into every dark corner of the city and bringing forth a rogue’s gallery of gamblers, dreamers, and burnouts who are all heading for the same bitter end." — John Mantooth, author of The Year of the Storm
Stay tuned for information on upcoming events & thanks for your support!
To celebrate the week leading up to the release of Federales, One Eye Press is giving away three signed copies on Goodreads. Who doesn't like a free book? Enter early and often!
Bonus Round - Noir Bar himself, Jedidiah Ayres, was kind enough to include Federales alongside some terrific looking books in his latest Small Press Update. Check it out for more on exciting work coming from Anthony Neil Smith, Nik Korpon, Eric Beetner, Ryan Sayles, and more. And check out Ayres' novella, Fierce Bitches, while you're at it.
Congrats to the 'a book a week' giveaway winners: Virginia Peterson
Frank Raymond Michaels
Thanks to everyone for your support!
If you are like me, you are staying the hell away from the holiday shopping craziness. To salute you in your quest for a calm and relaxing Friday, I give you....
(...imagine with a voiceover from the guy who does action movie trailers...)
A BOOK A WEEK BLACK FRIDAY GIVEAWAY
When can I enter? From today (11/29) through Monday (12/2)
How does it work? Either follow my blog by entering your email in the upper right side - or bottom if on a mobile device - of this page (I promise I won't spam. I'm a once-a-week kind of blogger) AND/OR 'like' my author page on Facebook. If you've done both then huzzah, you have two entries!
But what if I've already liked your page and/or follow your blog? You rock and you're all set, i.e. entered to win.
Who cares about that stuff? What can I win? Three lucky names drawn on Tuesday (12/3) will each win their choice of any of the 50+ books I reviewed in my 'a book a week' posts this year (e-book or paper, your choice).
Need a refresher?
And may the odds be ever in your favor...!