But here is a real question
When my first novel came out ten years ago or so, it eventually got a lot of love from Kuro5hin, Slashdot, Salon, various SF book review sites, and minor geekoid sites like Geek.com. The articles I wrote for Salon were dowloaded 70k+ times each; they steered a few eyeballs my way & helped me sell books.
For various reasons, none of those venues are especially helpful to me any more. I've sold more than 6k print copies of my various books, and the electronic versions have been downloaded somewhere around 20K times.
Without love from /., k5, Salon & the rest, how the hell do I get the attention of any of those people who have read & liked my stuff but who don't happen to be my friends on HuSi?
AND here's another question
It's the same question, but instead of "people who have read & liked my stuff", substitute "people who have never heard of me"?
IN CASE I HAVEN'T MENTIONED IT YET
Thanks to y'all members HuSi land for your moral & financial support. Y'all really are terrific. You know who you are.
SOCIAL NETWORKING MEDIA MY ASS
I do have a facebook account & a twitter. In fact it was a post I put up on Facebook that got me the kickstarter invite. But other than that, I can't say that it's a glorious route to participation with my reading audience or potential reading audience. Not since the glory days of K5 has such a venue existed. At least, not so far as I'm aware.
FOR ANYBODY STILL READING, FIRST SORRY, YOU ARE PROBABLY A ZOMBIE NOW
Second, here's the description of my Creation Science project from the Kickstarter page:
I'm looking for your financial support so that I can finish writing my fourth novel, Creation Science, and publish it.
Creation Science, already about 1/4 written, is a technothriller about scary science-- like designer DNA, brain hacking & mind control, computer viruses and biological viruses. It's about the phony politics of the so-called war on terror, it's about fundamentalism and anti-science, about transhumanism and hypercapitalism and other modern delusions, and it's about decent people trying to save humanity from itself.
In it you'll find the stuff of all great thrillers: conspiracy, duplicity, double-crosses, dispensational Christian fascism, misunderstandings, confusions, car crashes, megalomaniacal villains (in and out of government), explosions, gunplay, Russian Mafias, neuroscience, coincidence, mysterious islands not far from Cape Cod, information theory, disease cowboys in Central Africa looking for the cause of Lassa Fever in the 1970's, Jane's Addiction, Mission of Burma, love, regret, remorse, nostalgia and sex. So Creation Science is a thriller. But it's not just a thriller. Like many writers of thrillers, I get the science right and I get the technology right. But unlike most writers of thrillers, I aspire to create literature.
This is what Andrew Leonard of Salon said about my book "Acts of the Apostles": "it's also a book infused with a sensibility that you don't normally expect a "hard science fiction" novel to have: real emotions, real heartbreak and a real sense of the craziness at the core of the human condition." And that's exactly what I'm going to try to put into Creation Science too.
I need money for two things: to pay my bills while I finish writing the thing, and to pay the printing costs of the book itself.
Because there are so many reviews of my books online (a good place to start is here ) & because the sources to the books themselves are online for free download, I think that with a little investigation you should be able to determine whether Creation Science is likely to be a book that would interest you. Or, you might check out my essays for Salon: How I Destroyed the New Economy tells how my taking part in the desecration of sacred ground on Martha's Vineyard caused the dot com bubble to burst. In Artificial Stupidity I wrote about a funny spat between pretentious academic "AI" pundits and half-crazy hobbyists who outsmarted (or out-stupided?) them. In How I Decoded the Human Genome I described how my attempt to become a gasbag moral philosopher of the William Bennett variety nearly drove me around the bend (part two is here).
I've set my goal at $5,000 because if I can't make at least that much, there's no point in going forward. But certainly I'm hoping to do a lot better than that. It will take me four months at least to finish the writing--longer if I have to do day labor to bring in money. So please, help me get as much together as I can. It's hard to sit down to thriller-writing after a day of driving a furniture van from Manhattan to Baltimore or from Bangor to Binghamton. I've done it, but I'd like to avoid doing it again.
1. I would like to take this opportunity to commend myself for keeping Paddy The Undead pretty much under control here on HuSi -- even removing him from my sig more than a year ago. Sure, I do talk about my books here. But not, I fondly hope, all the frackin' time. At least 4.55498% of my commentary here is on other topics.
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