The end of this month marks the end of my one year contract as a “New Bizarro Author” for Eraserhead Press. My entry into their series is The Mondo Vixen Massacre, a B-movie infused bonanza of high-octane action and revenge insanity. Being a part of this series has been a challenging and rewarding experience–one that I’ll never forget.
For those of you who don’t know, the “New Bizarro Author Series” is a yearly way for Eraserhead Press to help push emerging Bizarro authors out into the literary community, while putting the marketing challenge of “Now, my book is published, but how do I sell it?” firmly on the authors’ own shoulders. At the end of the year, there is a meeting with the press and a chance to look back on the year and reflect on the process and the outcome.
If there’s one thing I learned this year it’s that promoting your own work is darn difficult–at least it was for me, a daily challenge, a commitment. I held more than several Goodreads Giveaways, used Goodreads self-serve advertising, passed out more than a handful of review copies to interested parties, made two promotional videos, published articles on bizarro-related blogs, wrote two spin-off novelettes, traded books with professional authors, reviewed other Bizarro titles, maintained an email list, was interviewed in several different venues, and tried to better use social media as both a site for personal expression and (when applicable and appropriate) self-promotion.
Moreover, I tried to balance the art of selling one’s book with the creation of new material. As the year went on, I wrote three new novellas, four short screenplays (2013), and three feature-length screenplays (2014), worked on a weekly adaptation project, and still managed to keep up with my day job, my graduate school work, and my family life. If anything, my work habits became stronger and more focused. That’s a good feeling. That’s a habit I can live with. And I still feel like I’m not doing as much as I could be doing. I crave more.
A year is a long time to promote one book, especially with an indie press, but I’m happy to say that I did it. I’m happy that my book is still selling copies. I’m happy that it was well-received. I’m happy to have had the opportunity to work with Eraserhead Press.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this year one to cherish.