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To call it "tiresome self-promotion" is, I think, somewhat limited in perspective and lacks understanding of what many of us find very interesting.
howard male wrote:It also needs to be remembered that the self-employed have to self-promote, it comes with the territory.
Charlie wrote:Among the contributors here, Jamie Renton is a ceaseless promoter of his events, which is the part of the reason that venue owners are glad to have him on board.
Charlie wrote:By the way, I'm sorry this has run into two parallel threads. Not sure what to do about it; they can't physically be joined together.
Charlie wrote:Authors in particular must learn that their job does not end with handing a manuscript to the publisher, or even with the first round of interviews that may follow. They must think of ways to keep the ball rolling, to sustain interest over months and even years, as Garth is doing with Princes Among Men, Joe Boyd with White Bicycles and Gordon Moore with his maths textbook.
Which reminds me - I'm just getting some copies of my novel 'Etc Etc Amen' printed for promotional purposes, so if any of you religion and music nutters fancy reading a novel in which religion and music feature heavily, now is your chance - just send me a private message, and then send me a donation of a tenner!
It's a proper paperback with a really pretty cover, and it has some thrillingly complementary quotes from Charlie, Jamie Renton, and David Quantick on the back, which I'm hoping will entice agents and publishers to read it.
I hasten to add that this is a no-profit price as each book costs Â£7.50 to produce, plus delivery to me, and then postage to you. But anyway, I'm not concerned about making a profit at this stage, I just want readers: readers who can tell me what they did and didn't like about the book, and readers who might - hopefully - spread the word. For example, if you know someone in publishing who will help me circumvent what is called the slushpile (the hundreds of manuscripts awaiting attention), which puts a knot in my stomach every time I think about it. Obviously, if you can guarantee you'll get a copy under such an individual's nose, you can have it for free.
I've ended up putting nearly three years work into this novel, and after half a dozen revisions/rewrites I've finally arrived at something which feels right and feels complete. It was bloody hard work, but now comes the really hard part, actually getting the right person to read it, and the book into the bookshops.
Oh yes - as for what all this has to do with CG's quote above. One of my main protagonists is such a character. My in-a-nutshell summing-up of 'Etc Etc Amen' reads:
'Etc Etc Amen' is a love story, a hate story, a murder mystery, a conspiracy thriller, and a satire on organised religion.
'Etc Etc Amen' explores the connections between the anoraked music obsessive and the blinkered religious extremist.
'Etc Etc Amen' has two related narrative strands, one of which takes place in 1970's London, and the other in present-day Marrakech.
Although the novel features a turquoise tripod, some three legged greyhounds, and Jesus's foreskin, 'Etc Etc Amen' is not a sci-fi or fantasy novel.
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