Thanks for having me back, Chris. In the spirit of author promotions, I want to talk about anthologies today. Maybe even weave in a bit of my own promotion while we’re at it.
Authors are constantly looking for ways to expand their footprint. We blog, we promote, we’re out there on social media. Sometimes we neglect other things in life because we have to do a certain amount of this stuff.
They say one of the best forms of promotion is to write your next book. I believe this is true. Promoting the same book for five years may move a few copies, but when you have multiple titles, subsequent sales happen. The reader enjoyed your new project, so they went back and read some of the older titles.
Anthologies kind of work the same way, only they allow us to piggyback along with other authors. That author’s fans pick up the book, only they read every story in it. You have the chance of impressing people who never heard of you before. The real beauty is the targeted audience. Whereas, Twitter may go out to a gazillion people, most of them aren’t fiction readers. The group may be smaller with an anthology, but they’re all proven readers.
To make this even better, most anthologies have a theme. If it’s a romance anthology, you get to target proven romance readers.
My experience is small, but this stuff works.
True confession time, I’ve only been invited to appear in two.
The first one, Macabre Sanctuary was all related to spooky stories. Since I write a lot of paranormal stories, you can see the advantage. My story got some positive remarks in the reviews we received. It’s still available, and it’s free. October is the perfect month to check it out.
The newest anthology is called Quantum Wanderlust. This one is all about time travel. Thirteen different authors all submitted a short story, and mine is one of them. We were allowed to go into the future, the past, however we wanted. I also write science fiction, so again, my promotion is well targeted.
Both of these books are free, so they require the donation of your story. Your opinions will vary, but I think 5000 words is a small price for that kind of targeted promotion. I may reach more people with a Facebook ad, but how many of them are actual readers of science fiction?
I have two goals today.
First is to get you to check out Quantum Wanderlust and Macabre Sanctuary. They’re both free, and if you grab your copies today it really helps us out.
You can read them beside the fire over Christmas Break, but a cluster of downloads helps with our rankings.
My second goal is to encourage you to submit to anthologies. I think they are a great way to do a bit of targeted promotion and increase your footprint.
My newest short story (in Quantum Wanderlust) is called Swift Wings, and I do something different with my book promos.
My original character, Lisa Burton the robot girl, is my personal assistant and spokesmodel. As part of her promotional duties, she has posters for each book.
I only have one story in Quantum Wanderlust, so I only have one poster. I hope it whets your appetites to check out the story.
Feel free to use it as your phone background or whatever other devices you use.
Spring forward, fall back.
That reminds you of changing the clocks, right? When we talk about the passage of time, it’s usually in short bursts (seconds, minutes, hours) or slightly longer chunks (weeks, months, years).
What if it was limitless? What if you could go forward or back, in any size segment you wanted? Decades, centuries, eons? Would you go back and change your life? Go forward and see your future?
That’s the challenge thirteen writers faced.
Quantum Wanderlust is a time travel short story anthology. Characters travel forward and back—how far they go and how they get there make fascinating tales. Do they observe or interact? Is the outcome better or worse than the original timeline?
You’ve got to read the stories and see for yourself. The scope is virtually limitless, definitely timeless.