Welcome your new gatekeepers…

I've been wrestling with several publishing related issues lately (What do I mean lately? It's become my life). Trying to get a feel for the market and how to reach the right audience with fiction which is professional, yet not written directly with "the market" in mind. It's a daunting task and flies in the … Continue reading Welcome your new gatekeepers…

I Am Not Your Entertainment Committee

A time-honored classic. Like "Do you want me to turn this car around?" or "Wait until your father gets home!" One of those countless sayings you swore you'd never inflict on your own children, let alone your fans. Yep, this one's for you guys. All five of you in the cheap seats waiting to hear what … Continue reading I Am Not Your Entertainment Committee

Dare to be Unmarketable

While trying to put together the new short story collection, juggling the article gig at GeekDad, reading through the first round of critique reviews for First Song, and doing my best to keep Crimson Son in the public eye, I've run across a few things on the web which I intended to blab about here … Continue reading Dare to be Unmarketable

What’s that You Say? New Releases?

At World Fantasy Con last year I was scheduled for a 10:30 PM reading. I got to compete with free booze in the Tor party suite and the not-free but very active scene in the hotel bar. So I started telling everyone about it two days before, tweeted incessantly,  and gave cool stuff away. (I … Continue reading What’s that You Say? New Releases?

Out of the Frying Pan, into the Fire

I'm back from spending a week in the woods with a bunch of teenagers. I tweeted a bit about the experience and did my best to keep in touch between fading cell tower signals and an overloaded wi-fi signal near the not-so-aptly-named "dining" hall: I...don't...understand... #camping #bsa pic.twitter.com/M1uDeaGKDh — Russ Linton (@Russ_Linton) July 9, 2014 Due … Continue reading Out of the Frying Pan, into the Fire

Market your Fictional Work for Non-Fictional Sales

For all of my other Fictional Workers struggling with how to sell your books well, I've got a lot of things to share. My first step was to fill out a marketing plan. I have a link to one and talk a bit about the process here. But let me rewind things just a bit. … Continue reading Market your Fictional Work for Non-Fictional Sales

Live from the Icehole

Recently, I attempted to interview the main character of my upcoming book, Crimson Son. Things didn't go as planned, but since I went to all the trouble to contact a secure, undisclosed facility (which actually has no outside connections, but hey, I'm a FICTION writer...) I figured I would post the results. Spencer: Okay, got … Continue reading Live from the Icehole

Up, Up and Away!

Marketing. The bane of most writers existence. Some of us are great at it. Most of us, however, spend our days hiding behind keyboards and imaginary characters. Pounding the pavement and knocking on doors sounds like a real job. Fictional work, no more. But if you have chosen the self publishing route, or even if … Continue reading Up, Up and Away!

How not to Blog

More wonderful advice from DFWCon was flung at me than I could possibly absorb. I'm still reeling at the impact. The result is, I'm standing over my manuscript, bloody scalpel in hand, doing a thorough divination of the entrails. No, it's not a horror project, but the rewrite I've launched into is so visceral and … Continue reading How not to Blog