Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Blogging the Flog


My New Puppy,
K.Witkowski (1860-1910)
oil on canvas.

It used to be easy to keep up.

However, some of them:

Anne Frasier's agent just sold her memoir, The Orchard, in a very nice deal on pre-empt. I particularly like that "very nice deal" and the pre-empt. So delightfully understated.
Also, I particularly like to crow I told you so!

Charles Gramlich's collection of sword-and-sorcery/heroic fantasy tales, Bitter Steel, is just out.
I fully expect Charles's book will come to be regarded as a classic in the revitalization of the genre.
I admire good titles--the essence of a novel distilled and concentrated in so few words--and I think Bitter Steel is a great one!

Stewart Sternberg's scary zombie novel, The Ravening, is now available.
I have issues with Stewart though; he thinks the ghost story is dead. I feel vaguely slighted. Hummph...

And Stacia Kane's Unholy Ghosts, first of her second series, has just been released with to-die-for reviews. Hummph, again.

Me? Yesterday, I made a daring effort to promote Dark and Disorderly. I pinned a copy of my cover on the bulletin board at the local supermarket...

Another sweet thing from sweet thing Ello's gift basket: Sold under a silly name--"Pocky"-- which is entirely misleading.
Biscuit sticks about six inches long covered with strawberry cream. About an inch uncovered so one's fingers don't get sticky as you munch. A dainty treat to add to an afternoon tea on a nice, pink-flowered china dish...
Or, you can stuff three or four in your mouth all at once until you look like a Star Wars creature in desperate need of an orthodontist like I'm doing right now...

25 comments:

laughingwolf said...

lol... need a pic of you with those 'sticks' crammed into your face, bernita! ;)

way to get started promoting 'dark and disorderly'! now to draw up a plan to follow :)

good idea to put the cover on top of your page, too :D

raine said...

I pinned a copy of my cover on the bulletin board at the local supermarket...

And so it begins... :D

Lol! Good on you!

Anonymous said...

thank you, bernita! i can't wait for your release!!

yes, the pre-empt was exciting. 3 publishers were interested! :O
anne frasier

Bernita said...

No, you don't, LW!

Those links you sent me will help.

I had the darndest time with blogger over that...

Raine, you can't imaging how lurky I felt doing that!
Now, if my husband were alive, he'd be plastering the sheet on every post and pillar!

Anne, I am just so glad!
And I have been beaming every time I think of it.

fairyhedgehog said...

Wow, a whole copy! It's a start. Now you need to go to a different supermarket each week!

It must feel strange, promoting yourself like that.

Bernita said...

Fairy, I suppose it makes me ridiculous and a figure of fun to admit that's what I did, but I can't pretend to be sophisticated and suave and clever about promotion.

laughingwolf said...

send me the pic in private, then? ;)

if i find anything more that may help, i'll pass em along :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Thanks for the plug. I've got Stewart's book on order. Hasn't arrived yet. I never thought of putting a cover up at the local supermarket. Good idea. Maybe I should follow suite.

Bernita said...

Not on your life, LW!

Maybe any place there's a public bulletin board, Charles?
Can't hurt, after all.

BernardL said...

I'm sure Carina Press has already dogged you about this but don't forget to get a copy to every reviewer who will agree to take a look now before 'Dark and Disorderly' is released. Your countdown gadget doesn't have your title in it either. :)

Bernita said...

Thank you, Bernard.
Yes, Carina, while doing publicity for us themselves, like arranging for a debut authors "First Sale" composite post on Dear Author" and other stuff, has also encouraged us to find reviewers. They are asking that we tell them who we've approached to avoid annoying dublication requests.

That's not my countdown gadget, it's their's. On June 1, when I have posts up on the Carina blog, maybe, D&D will come up that day.

Barbara Martin said...

Now the blog interviews will start, Bernita.

The trouble with chocolate sweets or any other delectable munchie with afternoon tea is the whole box may disappear, leaving nothing for the remainder of the week. I've done that with imported Italian biscotti, two inches long of bliss. Sometimes it's difficult to stop once started.

Bernita said...

I'm not that much in demand, Barbara!

Difficult? Almost impossible!

Robin said...

Hey, Bernita! Congratulations!!! I liked your author recap. It made me feel sort of "in the know", instead of my usual "in outer space". I volunteer my services for Eastern Pennsylvania supermarkets. Great idea!!

Bernita said...

Robin, I don't suppose you are serious, but if you are I'll send you the photo files forthwith AND a pdf of D&D!

Lana Gramlich said...

The strawberry sticks sound delicious!
Have you ever approached your local library about doing a signing or giving a presentation to promote your writing?

Bernita said...

Eh, Lana, I haven't figured out how to "sign" an ebook. I did stagger over yesterday to give John, the head librarian ( heh, should have told him the hero's name is "John" - missed a bet there!) a copy of the cover and release date stuff.
Maybe after D&D is released I will approach him again.
I WAS on the library board at one time after all...

I think you would love the strawberry sticks, Lana, so light and delightful!

laughingwolf said...

bernita, you know lana works at her library, right? ;)

Gabriele C. said...

If British chocolates and cookies are anything to go by, I'm afraid I'd find those goodies too sweet. I'll stick to dark chocolate with cherry-jalapeno cream and other such temptations that come in elegant black paper with golden print. ;)

Bernita said...

Yes, LW, I do.And her advice is gold.

Gabriele, these are not British, they are Korean or Japanese; and no, I don't think you'd find them too sweet.
They were dainty and delicate even if they didn't come in gold foil.
I promised I'd describe my reactions to Ello's lovely basket of loot and so I am.

writtenwyrdd said...

I think of the photo in your icon; I think of Pocky sticks (which I saw all over as a kid in California); and I cannot, just CANNOT, think of you with a handful of them sticking out every which way from your mouth. :/

I think you need to call up local bookstores when the book is in print and ask to do a reading or to sign copies. I wonder if the local library or bookstores will promote a local author with e titles?

Bernita said...

Ha, Written! Wait until you see me in person and I've crossed my eyes at you a few times and you'll have no trouble at all...

Yes, the local bookstore owner is a friend and she has an internet cafe in the store as well. As soon as I'm mobile, I intend to hit her up...

jason evans said...

I knew Anne would do it too.

Bernita said...

Surely, Jason. We all told her so!

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