Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Snarkiness

I note that one of my recent promo mailings caught the attention of Elizabeth Spiers, Editor of the prestigious Manhattan newspaper, New York Observer:

http://spiers.tumblr.com/post/9884639050/i-wondered-what-happened-to-karl-wenclas

Thanks for the post, Elizabeth. But, er, you were supposed to read my book!

(Though Ms. Spiers refuses to read Mood Detroit, YOU have the opportunity to purchase the new e-book of striking fiction for a mere 99 cents at Nook or Kindle. See what Elizabeth Spiers is missing. Pop fiction is new art.)

6 comments:

BradyDale said...

Holy crap.

Karl beat me onto the Kindle. Sheez louise, Karl. I should have kept a closer eye on you. I was getting around to it, but there you went and beat me.

OK, bought your book. I'll read it within the next six months. I'm slow. What can I say.

This will motivate me to get mine up faster.
The competition begins.

King Wenclas said...

Er, I have two e-books officially out, a third will be announced next week, a fourth best one yet due after that-- I'm behind schedule-- I create them on a netbook that only intermittently operates; 5th and 6th more ambitious works will be ready maybe by January. At that I'd rather be selling zeens.
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I urge other readers of this blog to purchase my e-books. The return is tiny, but hey, these are tough times and I'm looking to stay off the street.
As I say in my Inewp essay, some writers have no safety net.
Besides, pop lit e-books are the next wave.
Thanks!

BradyDale said...

"Besides, pop lit e-books are the next wave."

Woah. I finally brought you around.

Take note, world. I'm the one that worked the hardest and the longest to get this idea into Karl's head.

Boom! Success!

King Wenclas said...

To be fair, reality itself caused me to start offering e-books. The Borders bankruptcy put the handwriting on the wall re printed books. Also, my exchange with Ms. Hocking on this blog finally tipped me in the e-book direction. (Yes, your arguments opened me up to the notion. No question.) I started thinking about the economics of it, once I realized how low-price products like hers can completely undercut the top-heavy publishing dinosaurs-- which I've seen as vulnerable for years.
I've never been wedded to any stance on anything. (Including ideology and politics, of course.) This makes me unique nowadays. I do have fundamental principles, but that's different. On most issues I like to weigh the evidence-- and make sure it's real evidence. . . .
And I've always been a DIYer. E-books are a continuation of that-- a newer path.
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I remain skeptical about the prospects of promoting e-books, considering that everyone is making them. How does an author stand out?
A difficult problem. Study the odds. We're competing against a million other writers. And no, I'm not interested in a niche.
In other words, I'm pushing e-books because I still have confidence in my promo abilities. It might be misplaced.
I'd still rather be running a small zeen store and selling wares face-to-face. . . .

BradyDale said...

I met a guy the other night who's working on some Bluetooth technology to make it very easy to sell e-books face to face. As long as your ebook reader has bluetooth, anyway.
We'll get there. It's doable. You could have a little stand where lots of people skim books on built in ereaders and buy them when they set their reader on the counter... or just give you an email address. Either way.

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