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As y'all know, the first SF book, FIRES OF NUALA, is going up at Book View Cafe next month. Might even be a Kindle version soon, if I can figure out the transfer without too much stress. As part of this, I plan to put up a Nuala Facebook page. This will be the place to go for all things Nuala, the place to send people to find out what it's about, etc. So -- if you have a favorite way to lure people to the Nuala books, that's where you will want to enter it! You have a brief review you use, an elevator speech? Facebook -- AND Amazon.com and other such places. Remember that Amazon was a young beast when those books came out. Fans came back later and wrote a couple of comments when they found long-sought copies, but a few good reviews somewhere will help. One hopes that people who liked the books will be the ones who bother to review them!

Writers, a special request -- if you liked the books, could you blurb them? Short and sweet is great. If you'd like to see it again, I can send you PC/MS Word now, or .pdf or epub files soon. If you have never read it and would like an ARC, please ask, I'd be delighted to send you the file.
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Now -- patient Allie fans. Allie has been sitting with an editor for two years. My agent feels it's not a rejection, so we leave it alone. When I mentioned I would have a chance to see the editor soon, he said re-pitch.

I could use some help with this re-pitching. This editor liked the books when they came out -- the job is to make re-launching them seem like a good idea. I am almost to the end of my rope -- Allie may never move past page 105 of book 3 if I don't get some encouragement. So -- if you've thought about doing a review at Amazon, but never got over there? Tomorrow would be a great day to wander through. If that editor hops on the internet HERE, she will see reviews for those books (Amazon looks different in different parts of the country, as many of you know.) The more good reviews, the better. NIGHT CALLS and KINDRED RITES -- why doe Allie stick with you? Doesn't have to be involved -- say why you love them and want others to read them.

If this falls through, I will either abandon the book except when nothing else is cooperating, or I will put up a PayPal link and do something like Miller & Lee did for FLEDGLING.

A common definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. So -- this time, we try different.

Start planning your Facebook/Amazon Nuala reviews! Writers, it's blurb time -- all help appreciated, and I'd be happy to send files. (Heck, I can find a couple of hard copies for die hard paper lovers....) And reviews for the Allie books and chapbook -- anyone who can help out, it will be greatly appreciated. You may be the straw that breaks down NYC's resistance.

Date: 2010-08-27 06:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apricot-tree.livejournal.com
I gave it my best shot at Amazon. It says it can take 48 hours to post though. I hope it helps.

Date: 2010-08-27 06:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alfreda89.livejournal.com
I believe it will help, in some way! Thank you so much for doing it -- this late no less!

Now, if I can just get some sleep tonight....

Date: 2010-08-27 12:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sheilagh.livejournal.com
do you know of good reads? I think people use it as a social network cum library... (I'm not on it, but it seems a venue you'd want to tap...)

Date: 2010-08-27 02:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alfreda89.livejournal.com
Actually, Bev is on it and got me on -- I do occasionally post what I'm reading and such, but haven't done more than admit to being an author -- have not decided how to mention the new e-book coming out. Maybe I should give away a few ARCS over there, too!

Date: 2010-08-27 01:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com
Kathi, I have them right here on my stand, and I plan to reread them before you go live, at which time I will indeed fire off a post about them.

Date: 2010-08-27 02:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alfreda89.livejournal.com
You are a champion, my friend, and you read so fast I will try not to feel guilty about this! Thank you!

Date: 2010-08-27 02:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com
Au contraire--I will thoroughly enjoy a revisit to Nuala!

Date: 2010-08-28 05:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] annathepiper
I'll be happy to review you once I get a copy of Fires of Nuala; I regularly post reviews on Goodreads as well as my own blog and journal. :)

BTW, wanted to also mention that it took me a bit but I finally recognized your name--from the old Blood of Ten Chiefs Elfquest anthologies! I knew I knew your name from somewhere!

<GRIN!>

Date: 2010-08-28 06:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alfreda89.livejournal.com
I did indeed write four stories for the BoTC anthologies -- I don't think Tor has ever released the last anthology. It was fun to play in someone else's universe for a bit.

Re: <GRIN!>

Date: 2010-08-28 06:52 am (UTC)
annathepiper: (Default)
From: [personal profile] annathepiper
As a raving Elfquest fan, I did so love reading those. :)

Re: <GRIN!>

Date: 2010-08-28 02:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alfreda89.livejournal.com
Well, now you can search at the Tor site and then ask if they're ever going to release the last, lost BoTC anthology?

If they did, I never got copies!

Re: <GRIN!>

Date: 2010-08-28 04:17 pm (UTC)
annathepiper: (Default)
From: [personal profile] annathepiper
This was the sixth one, right? I seem to remember there being a measure of uncertainty in the fandom as to when the heck that was supposed to drop.

(I was one of the admins on an Elfquest-themed online game for the longest time, so yeah, very heavily into the fandom!)

Re: <GRIN!>

Date: 2010-09-01 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alfreda89.livejournal.com
Yup, the Lost Anthology, number six! You'd think Tor would get around to it eventually -- even if only in mass market or something.

Date: 2010-08-28 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladypoetess.livejournal.com
Review written and submitted - viewable here. :) It was an easy review to write, since Night Calls has been (and still is!) one of the top 5 books that changed my life and how I view the world. I simply told that story - how I first got a copy of the book and how it affected me then, and still does today.
Edited Date: 2010-08-30 12:27 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-08-30 01:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alfreda89.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! I have good news and bad news about Allie, but will talk with my agent first before mentioning it here. Keep fingers crossed when they aren't busy elsewhere! ;^)

Date: 2010-09-03 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alfreda89.livejournal.com
Thank you again! If the editor looks, she will find real stories -- the best kind of reviews. Did you ever find a copy of KINDRED RITES of your own? I know your budget is tight right now (if I am remembering the correct blog posts...)

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