Over the years I have been blogging, I have included marketing ideas for my reader/authors. I have heard about the importance of search optimization for algorithms that boost books up the best seller list, and how many authors are putting together boxed sets either with other authors or as a solo collection. Many authors were exchanging reviews to build their best seller presence and qualify for choice promotions. (read Bookbub) I figured there was a secret marketing formula only certain publishers knew, but I would share what worked for me, and what didn’t, because it was a hard game at best.
But recently, an interesting blog came out concerning the marketing machinations of romance writers in an attempt to game the system. Lately there has been an uproar over what is being called Cockygate. Sarah Jeong from the Verge explains the details in her blog and various other questionable marketing strategies employed by a group of romance writers. They skirted the edge of legitimacy using Kindle Unlimited in an attempt to make big bucks.
And make the big bucks they did… at readers’ expense.
Here’s the Link : Sarah Jeong’s article in Verge titled “Bad Romance.”
Does it seem that lately a vomiting of bad behavior has dominated the headlines of the day? Yes, journalists know that exposés make for more readers and, in the past, the news pandered to sensationalism; but recently, I’ve been appalled and exhausted by the constant stream of humans behaving badly. And now, a group of romance writers has given genre authors a bad name.
As Kris Rusch says, we should write our books to tell the story we have to tell, not because a particular story is in vogue or other writers in your genre dictate a certain storyline.
This summer seems to be a round of cleaning up messes: whether it’s Facebook and Twitter taking down bot and fake accounts, or women outing sex offenders, or Amazon cleaning up reviews–and more. I own a Tesla and love it. I am incensed at the flagrant lies being bandied about by short sellers, and maybe oil interests shills, on a company trying to do some good for this world. Besides, the car is a…a…awesome.
Okay. Sounding like a soapbox? Sorry. I get worked up in my advancing age at stupid, self-serving antics.
However, along these lines, and because of bad behavior, we now have to include some statement concerning privacy in our blogs. I’m a bit confused about it. It pertains mostly to the EUROPEAN countries and a new law they have there, but since a lot of my readers come from there, here it goes. The secret here is that I’m not someone who wants or even knows how to sell others’ personal information. I’m daily fighting off unsolicited trick phone calls and email scams of my own that are very clever at deception in order to gain information and steal my identity. They finally arrested some of those IRS callers who threatened to send out the cops if I didn’t give them money for alleged debts owed. (Yikes!) I need a kitten picture… Thanks.
Okay, back on track… the statement :
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This new law became effective on 25th May 2018.
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THE SPARK by David Drake
Have I gotten you stirred up enough? Maybe you just need to find a good book and immerse yourself in another world and escape this for a bit. Now if you want a world of medieval magic with a King Arthur flavor, then try The Spark by David Drake.
Ages ago, the universe was united, but now the world is broken, chopped up into small town enclaves with pockets of wilderness holding evil humans and hostile alien monsters. A leader called Dun Add is trying to bring back civilization through his Champions that travel on roads of reality throughout the world where they dispense law and justice.
In the many wastelands of this world, artifacts leftover from an ancient civilization are found that certain men called makers can fix so they work again. Pal is a young country boy who has the gift, but he dreams of becoming a Champion. He travels to the capital city intent on his bright dream where he meets a very Merlin-like wizard who is a powerful maker. They become friends, yet Pal insists on pursuing his goal of being a Champion for Dun Add and fighting for justice and law.
To be a Champion, one must pass grueling physical tests and wield weapons skillfully. So gear up for some swashbuckling episodes with electronic swords.
For any reader who likes the King Arthur legend with a science fiction twist, I recommend this book.
And escape the irritations of our current reality for an adventure of swashbuckling fantasy combined with a science fiction mystery.
9 responses to “Authors Behaving Badly”
This GDPR stuff certainly has us working hard over here to make sure we were compliant. The good benefit it has had, is that now marketers are required to get people to opt into their emails rather than opt out, which is great for us as we don’t automatically get spam when we sign up to buy something from a website. Downside is that some of the websites we click on in the US are unavailable now because they haven’t made themselves compliant – usually newspaper sites. Annoying,but not the end of the world.
I’ll look out for the David Drake novel. Have you read any Adrian Tchaikovsky? I heartily recommend his ‘Dogs of War’.
As a science fiction writer, you should write a novel about a world without hate groups, blog post flamers, fake news writers, dishonest and biased journalists. That would be refreshing and fun to read… But it would probably flop as a science fiction novel as far too unbelievable.
I’m not so sure such a story would flop… The end of one novel by James Hogan (I won’t name it here, to avoid spoilers) has a place that is the most believable ‘utopia’ I’ve ever seen in any work of fiction: everything is like it is here, EXCEPT people decided in the middle of the last century to stop being greedy for either wealth or power. A story set in a place where it’s all like it is here EXCEPT without the rabid hate and dishonesty would be quite a challenge to write, because so many things would be affected in ways that may not be obvious at first to the writer or to readers, but as sociological sci-fi, it the idea has a lot of potential.
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I’ll put Dogs of War on the TBR list. Thanks, Cheryl. How do the right people know anyone is compliant?
Fiction needs conflict and a protagonist who faces obstacles and overcomes them. A world where everything is easy, right and good has no tension and wouldn’t work.
I tried to find one I understood and said what needed to be said. Yours was very close to what I needed. Thanks.
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I forgot to copyright it! Glad someone other than me thought it was ok 😉