Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Insecure Writer’s Support Group, Riff Trax Live, December Movie Preview, and Ninja News

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

My awesome co-hosts today are Heather Gardner, T. Drecker from Kidbits, Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins!

First, thanks again to everyone who contributed to and downloaded The Insecure Writer’s Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond.
You can download it for free (almost) everywhere - Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Kobo, and Smashwords

Between preparing for the IWSG’s book release and my own book, Dragon of the Stars, I’ve been securing a lot of guest spots and setting up promotional stuff. I was grateful for a few days off around Thanksgiving last week. I needed that break!

I have seven dates set already for blog stops next April and need a few more. There are a couple big science fiction sites I’d like to secure, but getting the attention of those sites is sometimes difficult. I’m not a big name author with an agent, so despite the success of my previous books, I get overlooked. I’m sure some of you know what it feels like to be mid-list or lower author and struggle the same way. (At least I hope it’s not just me.

I’m also trying to come up with other marketing ideas. I have an idea for the A to Z Challenge that will include information about my book. There’s a possible campaign that will involve Twitter and maybe a website in the works. Plus my publisher wants to do an ad campaign for CassaStorm next March. (I think I just need two more reviews on Amazon to make it happen.)

Yeah, it’s a bit overwhelming! You guys feel that way when it comes to marketing?

Be sure to visit others on the IWSG list!

Riff Trax Live!

Thursday, December 4, at a theater near you – Riff Trax Live: Santa Claus!

Broadcast live from Nashville, TN and playing in hundreds of theaters across the nation. If you loved Mystery Science Theater 3000 (or if you just want to know what it’s all about) go HERE for details.

I saw them in person last month and it was amazing. (If you live in Nashville, see if tickets are still available.) I’m seeing the live broadcast this time and will give a full report next Monday. How could I miss Santa and the devil, together again? Yes, such a classic children’s tale… NOT!

Ninja News

Hart Johnson has a cool idea that involves bloggers, authors, and reviews – and a mutual benefit to all. Check out her site for details.

Available now –
The Trouble With Faking
By Rachel Morgan




December Movie Preview

Here are the upcoming theatrical releases for December! As always, descriptions courtesy of the IMDB. Snarky comments by me.

12 –

Exodus: Gods and Kings
The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver
Why the hell can’t someone do a Bible story that’s true to the source material? This film starts with Moses having delusions and God played by a creepy child. That’s offensive and wrong on so many levels. Not a chance I will give money to this film…


19 –

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Bilbo and Company are forced to be engaged in a war against an array of combatants and keeping the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett
The end of the trilogy promises to be epic! Jackson has pulled so much together for this final installment and created a much bigger story.

Night at the Museum: The Secret of the Tomb
Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.
Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Robin Williams, Rebel Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Stiller
The first two were surprisingly good. Plus it has Williams in his final role.





26 –

The Interview
Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight." When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.
Directors: Evan Goldberg | Seth Rogen
Stars: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan
So sue me – I think it looks funny! And I’m not even a fan of Rogan’s films…

What are your writer insecurities today? Did you download the IWSG book? Seeing Riff Trax Live? And what movies strike your fancy this month…?

169 comments:

dolorah said...

Good for you Dude; you are the guest of your own IWSG blog post :)

I'll help with your April release. And I'll try to get a review up for the other two books in the trilogy. I think I put up one for CassaStar.

I do agree with you on Exodus, and The Hobbit. Can't wait to see Hobbit.

Have a good weekend Alex.

Ted Cross said...

"I’m not a big name author with an agent, so despite the success of my previous books, I get overlooked. I’m sure some of you know what it feels like to be mid-list or lower author and struggle the same way. (At least I hope it’s not just me.)"

I knew exactly what you're feeling, as I'm only just starting down that road and I can see how the quality of a book simply doesn't matter to people...if they don't know you, they don't want to know you, or at least not until a big publisher tells them they want to know you.

Nicola said...

Marketing can be a nightmare but also a lot of fun. I'm lucky, my husband is in the Marketing business, so he is my "go to" man if I need guidance. Oh, don't be fooled, his work demands too much of his time for him to actually be my marketing man :) Doh!
Alex, have you visited schools? Schools in the UK welcome authors to speak as part of their English curriculum. A perfect opportunity to gain more readers. And kids are fantastic at spreading the word.

TBM said...

Sounds like you have been busy! I would be more than happy to help with the promotion. Just let me know what I can do to help. Good luck getting two more reviews. I recently read and reviewed your first book in the series and I enjoyed it. Haven't read the other two yet, but they are on my list.

Murees Dupé said...

I can't wait for the new Hobbit movie. I hope it lives up to the hype. My blog is always available if you want to do any promotion, a place to guest post or need any help with getting more eyes on your book. I'm always willing to help. Wishing you the best.

Mina Burrows said...

Very exciting plans for you book launch. I like the A-Z idea.

Michael Abayomi said...

I take it you weren't too hot about the Noah movie either, Alex. Personally, I don't mind if a biblical movie makes some deviations from its source material, provided the overall essence of the story is left intact. I loved Noah by the way, and just might go see Exodus when it hits cinemas.

Sher A. Hart said...

If I get enough book reviewers to post M-F instead of MWF, I might start taking books for adults again. They'd still have to be family friendly because I specialize in kid lit. Any takers? Then I could host you.

Looking forward to The Hobbit. Retellings with my sons as heroes were their favorite bedtime stories.

Lexa Cain said...

It IS hard to get on the big sites and high profile blogs. Marketing...gah!! :(

Congrats to Rachel!

I adored The Devastation of Smaug and I'm really looking forward to the new one! Night at the Museum looks fun too. Thanks for the info!

Angela Wooldridge said...

Hi Alex, congrats on the IWSG book - I have my copy and what I've read so far is great.
Angie

Francis Lee said...

I'm looking forward to the end of The Hobbit mini series but probably will see it in January when the madness dies down a bit!

shelly said...

In response to Bible movies, we're coming upon the last days, Alex. Satan is doing everything he can to lead people faraway from God. And to those of us who do believe are made out as crazy extremists. There is a reason.

Kirsten said...

Thanks, as always, for the movie reviews! I always enjoy your take on what's coming up.
Marketing is one of those things I'm really worried will take the wind out of my sails when the time comes to put some of my stuff out there. You do an amazing job of promoting yourself and your work, and I hope I can learn from your great example, Alex!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Donna, I did indeed put myself into my own IWSG post. And thanks! That would be awesome, on both counts.

Ted, you said it perfectly.

Nicola, I've done email interviews for schools, but not actually visited any of them.

TBM, thanks!!

Murees, appreciate that.

Michael, I was disappointed with Noah. They took God out of story.

Sher, my third book fits the bill. Dragon probably does as well, since I don't stray beyond PG in my books.

Angela, awesome!

Shelly, I believe you are right...

Kirsten, I hope you can do better!

Donna K. Weaver said...

I so agree with you on the books about the bible. Don't the makers "get" that they'll have a built in audience if they play true to the source material? And a bunch of angry people if they don't?

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Alex, I just heard from a writer on one of my list that it's still $.99 at amazon. She went ahead and ordered it anyway. Anything we can do about that? I wonder how many others are paying.

kaykuala said...

Thanks Alex for having the IWSG book organized and made available. Gone through a cursory look-see. It is a treasure trove!

Hank

Michelle Wallace said...

The book is all over BloggyVille!
Congratulations Alex!
The IWSG guide has cemented your dream of a supportive writing community... turned it into a wonderful reality!

Congrats to Rachel...and Hart's idea sounds great!

Annalisa Crawford said...

Marketing is my least favourite part of the whole business. I never feel like I'm doing it as well as anyone else.

I'm looking for to Night at the Museum. The rest of the family are looking forward to The Hobbit.

Loni Townsend said...

Marketing is overwhelming to me too, but it sounds like you've got an awesome plan in the works! Woot! Grats on the IWSG book release and best of luck with Dragon of the Stars.

I'm soooo looking forward to the last Hobbit movie.

Carolyn Brown said...

I saw the shorts for Exodus at the movies recently and looks pretty epic!

Just downloaded my copy of Insecure Writer's Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond. I was stoked to find myself among the melody of talented writers. Many thanks for including me among them.

And Alex, I would love to have you on my site as part of your blog tour for Dragon of the Stars, in April. I am sure you will let me know the finer details in an email.

Cheers!

Chemist Ken said...

The Hobbit is definitely a must see. Not as sure about the others. Kind of worried that the Museum franchise might be running out of steam.

Carole Anne Carr Author said...

So sorry that my favourite children's book that I have read to young classes for many years has been made into a 'block buster' style movie with very little of the original story and added horror.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Your marketing plans will work out wonderfully, Alex - I have no doubt! :)

I'm really looking forward to seeing UNBROKEN later this month - it looks amazing! My husband read the book ages ago and loved it.

Elsie Amata said...

Incorporating your book into the A-Z is a fantastic idea. I hope you get picked up by a big name sci-fi site. Too us your already a famous author!

I'll definitely be seeing The Interview. I love Seth Rogan!!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Just saw Penguins of Madagascar yesterday so that's my first December movie. Interview had a very funny trailer but I'm not sure with my list of movies if I can carve time for it.

Must Sees

1. Big Hero 6 (No it hasn't hit Jamaica yet. I mean, come on people).

2. Mockingjay (My mother asked me to wait for her like last year. Unlike last year I'm not waiting until almost Christmas. And no she didn't see it.)

3.Exodus movie

4. Last Hobbit Movie

5. Into The Woods

Hopefully

1. Night at the Museum 3

Best of luck with all your promotion for your upcoming book Alex. If you need any help let me know. The whole process of getting a book out is overwhelming. But we love it so we deal with it. Strange people we are. Oh and if you post one of the first 10 comments on my post today you get a special preview. Have the best day Alex and welcome to the Christmas season.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

It gets under my skin too, Alex, that Moses is portrayed as the grand a-hole Jew. But I'll always enjoy the Monte Python scene of the 15...oops, 10 commandments.

Will you review Wild? It's being released this Friday, but not showing in my town. I'm very disappointed.

Be well. xo

Brian Miller said...

was reading yesterday on jacksons desire to do another tolkien if the foundation would give the rights...but chances are, they will not...

ugh on bible story interpretations...

marketing, can be fun, but you end up using your energy on things that take you away from your passion...

Cherie Colyer said...

Alex, I don't know how you keep up with everything. Thanks to you and everyone involved in putting together the IWSG book. I'll be downloading it today.

I agree on Moses. I don't mind retellings, but when it has to do with the Bible it should stick to the source. I'm excited to see the Hobbit. Those films are always good.

Melanie Schulz said...

I feel you. Marketing can be overwhelming, but it looks like you're headed in the right direction.

Jo said...

If you need me for your release, I too am here.

Personally I am looking forward to the new Paddington Bear film which was premiered in London last Sunday. It looks absolutely fabulous but won't be here til January I believe. It stars Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey fame and Nicole Kidman as the 'baddy'.

Fundy Blue said...

Hey Alex! I'm glad that you got a brief break ~ that's good for the soul! I'm looking forward to the movies you featured, but I also want to see "Unbroken." Marketing is a tough one. I know because I helped my sister market her first two books. I'll do a review on CassaStorm for you on Amazon ~ within a week! I've written one other review on Amazon, but that was years ago. Have a good one!

Stephanie Faris said...

Wait!!! Something is actually happening in NASHVILLE and nowhere else? That never happens. I live here...I'll have to look into that event!

I'd love to help promote your book release in April. Just let me know what I can do. You help so many others, it's an inspiration to us all.

Jeremy Hawkins said...

Excited, period... for everything.
Hobbits Part III: Book I... I am being pulled into seeing it on the big screen.

Bob R Milne said...

Marketing is tough indeed, but I'm happy to be able to do my part as part of the tour. The paperback ARC is sitting on my desk, taunting me, teasing me, and just daring me to hold off until the tour. :)

Karen Walker said...

Sounds like you have a really good handle on your marketing, Alex, despite some insecurities. Good luck securing those science fiction sites. Some lucky mid-list author has to break through. I hope it's you!

Nicki Elson said...

That's too bad about Exodus. The bits I saw of the previews had looked promised. Guess not.

Congratulations to you & the team for pulling together the awesome guide! Now you'll have time to focuse on all that marketing - blech! But you always do such fun things with so I hope you'll end up finding it enjoyable, if tiring.

Charles Gramlich said...

They're mining the bible for ideas now but treating it like comic book fare. I won't likely see that movie either.

Dean K Miller said...

Riff Trax was on my calendar, but looks like I'll be unable to go. Dang! Congrats on the hard work for your new book. It will pay off for you, I know it. Awesome on the book release with IWSG group.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Donna, exactly!

Joylene, all we can do is keep reporting it free elsewhere.

Hank, some good stuff there!

Michelle, I guess it has...

Carolyn, thank you! And thanks for contributing to the book.

Carole, I never thought of it as a children's book though...

Elsie, thanks!

Sheena-kay, I think I was the very first today!

Robyn, probably won't see it. And the Monty Python scene is great!

Cherie, Bible stories are already epic - why change anything?

Fundy, thank you!!!

Stephanie, thanks! And see if tickets are still available. It's worth it.

Bob, you know you can't resist...

Debra McKellan said...

I bought it on Amazon!

I can't wait to see The Battle of the 5 Armies! I also need to see Mockingjay Pt. 1!

Cherie Reich said...

Marketing can definitely be overwhelming, but you started planning early, and that's always good.

I can't wait for the last Hobbit movie, although I'll be sad when there are no more. I'd like to see the Night at the Museum movie too. I enjoyed the other two.

Al Penwasser said...

I was afraid Exodus would be about as true to the Bible's story as 'Noah' was. Crap. Even though I know how it ends (or do I?), I was looking forward to it. No sense going to see it now.
I was hoping for a less preachy 'The Ten Commandments.' Plus, I just can't see Edward G. Robinson as anything BUT a gangster.
"We're gonna make a golden calf, see? And then we're gonna go back to Pharaoh, see? Just as soon as someone plugs Moses with an arrow, see?"

S.K. Anthony said...

I'm interested to see how your marketing plans work out, I think it will be a success. It's overwhelming for sure...enough that I haven't done anything on it in a long time lol

Jennifer Hawes said...

Writers have a lot of expectations to fulfill when it comes to marketing their own books. It can be overwhelming. I do what I can. That's where I think an agent could help in ways I can't even fathom.
I'm dying to see the Hobbit & Night at the Museum. Can't wait to download and read the IWSG Guide. Thanks for all your hard work you do to make this a great group!

Mary Aalgaard said...

You have so much good stuff in this post! Not to mention the exciting news about the ebook. I'll be downloading it today! Thank you so much for starting this group and creating this book.

I saw Interstellar over the weekend, and I really liked it. Good story. It reminded me of "A Wrinkle in Time."
Play off the Page

T. Powell Coltrin said...

You may have all the April release blogs you need, but you are always invited to appear on my blogs.

Also, I'm really bad about posting reviews, so if you let me know which book and where, I can post one.

You are an awesome writer. I am blessed to know you.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard on the IWSG book. I have my copy and look forward to reading it.
If I can help with promoting your book, let me know. I'm one of those "unknown" authors. :)Marketing is tough.

Melissa said...

I'll gladly help announce your next release.

Re: Exodus, preach it, brother!
I've heard the same. I won't see it either.

Sarah Ahiers said...

also, let us not forget that Exodus sure has a lot of white people in it for Egypt . . .

I'm also excited for the last Night at the Museum. They're just fun movies

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

I haven't gotten to the marketing stage yet, but I can imagine how overwhelming it will be! Though my book is about makeup so it'll prob give me an excuse to buy some for giveaways and stuff haha. And I feel ya on the break, I gave myself last Friday to come down from Thanksgiving fun! Only problem is I still don't have a scheduled blog planned for friday! Better get on that...!

Bish Denham said...

So much on your plate, Alex. Good luck with your next book, I know how challenging all the promoting is. I did enjoy both Nights at the Museum so I might actually go to a theater for that. I'll wait for NetFlix on the Hobbit...

Heather M. Gardner said...

ALEX!!!

*GRIN*

HI!

The book is awesome. I was browsing through it yesterday. So proud to be a part of it!

Anything I can do to help you in April you know I will!

I thought the commercial for the Franco/Rogen movie looked hilarious. Twisted, but hilarious.

Off to visit the IWSG Peeps!

Heather

cleemckenzie said...

Hope you capture those sites. Let us know so we can stop by.

Loved that last Hobbit movie and am waiting for the next one. Smaug is terrifying and wonderful to see swimming in all that treasure.

Kristin Smith said...

Oh wow, you HAVE been busy!! The IWSG anthology turned out amazing, by the way. Thanks for all your hard work in putting that together.

I'd be happy to help with promotion when April rolls around, just let me know what you need.

I agree with you, changing the Bible stories like that is just wrong! But I am looking forward to Night at the Museum!

Anne O'Leary said...

Riff Trax won't be coming anywhere close to me. This is what comes from living in the back of beyond.

T. Drecker said...

All that marketing talk is making my head spin! But it sounds like you've got it under control - ninja skills must be helping out ;) Good luck!

Corinne OFlynn said...

I'm new to the ISWG and my post today was about the same thing... marketing and am I making the right choices. I totally get the uphill feel of being an indie author and the barrier that comes with it. But I won't trade the freedom for anything! Congrats on your bookish things! Thanks for ISWG!

Cathrina Constantine said...

With your book coming out in April, I'd say you're way ahead of the game. Good Luck, Alex. I have to get going with marketing for a book coming out in February.

Looking forward to the last installment of The Hobbit!!!

J.L. Campbell said...

Yup, the marketing aspect is always challenging. The good thing is that your publisher is supportive of your efforts. I'm sure it will all work out well for you.

Donna McDine said...

Congratulations! Yes, I find marketing overwhelming to the point many many times where I feel I should just throw the towel in and concentrate on a full time paying job and not have to worry about my royalties!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

GODS AND KINGS will not get my money either any more than a movie with Gandhi smoking crack would.

I am enthused about the last HOBBIT movie though.

Marketing is certainly a challenge these days. I am such a low level author that the Nautilus is above me! My sales have sunk so low that Miley Cyrus is considering dating them!

You, however, will do just fine. Qualms at the beginning is only natural. If you don't mind cyber-cobwebs, my blog is available to promote your latest. :-)

Rachna Chhabria said...

"I’m not a big name author with an agent, so despite the success of my previous books, I get overlooked. I’m sure some of you know what it feels like to be mid-list or lower author and struggle the same way. (At least I hope it’s not just me.)"

For me you are a big name author? Alex, your books are on bestseller lists, people have loved them, that is quite an achievement.

Alex, I have a blog follower who interviews Sci-Fi writers. I will check who it is and introduce the two of you. Just give me time to see which follower it is.

Leandra Wallace said...

Well, Exodus just sounds weird. I didn't see the one about Noah awhile back, had no interest, and I can't say I do w/this one either! And if you have any spots to fill, I'd love to host you on my blog. You've got my email! =)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Marketing still terrifies me and those "big name" sites are super scary to approach. I think you can make it though - you have some awesome books under your ninja belt! :)
Definitely downloaded the IWSG book, and I'm planning on The Hobbit and Night at the Museum. It's so sad that Williams is gone.
(And BTW - right on with those snarky comments for all!)

Mason Canyon said...

Sounds like you've got a lot going on in the marketing aspect. Hope you secure the sites you want. Any way I can be of help, just let me know. As for the upcoming movies, can't wait to see Night at the Museum. It's also Mickey Rooney's last film. So sad to have lost two wonderful actors.

Morgan said...

Riff Trax!!!!!

And I had no idea there was a third Night At The Museum movie… I do want to see that!

Nicole said...

Yeah, I'm with you on the Exodus movie. Doesn't really appeal to me in that light. Good luck on the marketing stuff. I think the "overwhelmed" feeling is a normal and constant state. :)

Lori L MacLaughlin said...

Marketing scares me. I always feel like I'm in way over my head. Good luck with your marketing plans! I'm sooo there for The Hobbit -- hopefully more than once. Night at the Museum is on the list, too, but we'll probably wait until Netflix has it. Yes, I downloaded the IWSG Guide. Looking forward to reading it!

Chrys Fey said...

Oh, yes! I always feel overwhelmed when I have to market a new book. You always want to get so much attention for it and being little known from a small press makes that difficult. I wish you luck with your marketing and securing that campaign for CassaStorm!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Debra!

Cherie, it will be a bummer when they end.

Al, I might watch that film!

Jennifer, thank you for being a part of it.

Mary, awesome!

Teresa, I am blessed to know you!

Beverly, thanks - it is tough.

Melissa, we'll start a boycott.

Sarah, excellent point!

Heather, thanks, and I like your sense of humor.

Kristin, yeah! And thanks.

Anne, I'm sorry!

Corinne, welcome!

Cathrina, you know I'll help you.

Joy, good thing they do help.

Roland, you are still a fine writer. And you know how to make me laugh.

Rachna, thank you! On both counts.

Leandra, thanks.

Tyrean, I knew you'd feel the same about Exodus.

Mason, two in one film...

SittieCates said...

Hi, Alex! Thanks to you and to everyone else for the anthology. Will download the book tomorrow since I forgot to bring my USB when I went here to the Internet Cafe.

No insecurities today.

Movie? I'm setting my eyes on "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

Birgit said...

Marketing must be one of the difficult things to do and time consuming but you will get it all done for sure! How sad to hear about the Moses film. I just heard a little bit and love Ridley Scott and Christian Bale. They are trying to "modernize" a story when it should be left alone. I was disappointed in Noah for the same reasons. I will make room for LOTR-Hobbit-This is a must and I also must see Robin Williams last film.

farawayeyes said...

I took last week off to travel and see family for Thanksgiving, so I'm so far behind this week, I won't make it for an IWSG Post. But, I do hereby resolve to be better next year and get back on track. I'll try to make it around and visit though.

Love your movie reviews. After 'Noah' I had my doubts that Hollyweird would do justice to Moses. Thanks for the warning.

Now I need to go back to Monday's post and vote in your BOTB. Sorry I'm still playing catch-up.

DiscConnected said...

While I have enjoyed the other two hobbit films, having read the book a dozen times in my yewt, I was a little disappointed that Jackson did not stick to that story line, and more importantly, the book's tone.

The trilogy was a dark story that Jackson captured the mood of.

The Hobbit was more of a fairy tale. I get why Jackson kept to the tone of the first trilogy-sell tickets to a wider audience. But between that and the addition of material to force it to three films, I am a little disappointed as a purist.

And yet I still purchased the extended edition DVD's, so I guess I'm full of Orc-droppings!

Larry

M. J. Joachim said...

I'm hoping to see Exodus in the theater. Commercials for it are intriguing. Not too many insecurities to speak of - just enjoying my little after Thanksgiving/before Christmas break right now and trying to catch up on my reading :)

Lisa said...

I've got the IWSG book and can't wait to get into it! I want to see a few films you've talked about here. Still haven't seen Mockingjay or Interstellar or the frozen earth one. Hope to see something this weekend! I'm watching you like a hawk on the marketing thing, and hope to start arranging my strategy this month...

Pat Hatt said...

Oh yeah, I hate marketing with a passion, so much crap one has to do. Plus places like bookbub are kind of anal many a time.

I have avoided watching any of the hobbit movies, now with the 3rd one out I can watch all three back to back.

rebeccabradleycrime.com said...

I will be downloading the book. Well done Alex and everyone! And apologies as well as I did know it was IWSG but then forgot to add it to my blog post in my tangled mess of insecurities, but I've added it all now. The link and image and why and how I forgot etc... Apologies! I need that book!

ilima said...

Oh, man. I didn't know that about Exodus. I had high hopes for that one, though the fact that all the lead roles are played by white people was getting under my skin. And I was just thinking about Robin Williams in his final role too. Should be a good one.

Emily R. King said...

My kids want to see the new Night at the Museum movie. I'm sure we're guaranteed a laugh.

Emma Adams said...

I struggle with marketing - it never seems to end! The IWSG book looks fantastic! :)

Candilynn Fite said...

Wow that new cover looks amazing, Alex! Thanks to all who helped with the Guide. I gave it a huge shoutout today on the blog.

The Happy Whisk said...

Promotion is one of those funny buggers. Much luck to you and hope you sell bunches and bunches.

Sherry Ellis said...

I'd like to see Night and the Museum. The kids and I really enjoyed the first two.

Marketing is tough, but you've got a lot of followers in the blog world, so we should be able to help you get the word out.

Stephen Tremp said...

I downloaded my copy of The Insecure Writer's Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond and will read it this weekend. Looking forward to that!

RiffTrax is playing at a couple nearby theatres tomorrow. Going to try real hard to get over there but so much going on.

Elephant's Child said...

Marketing is a really scary concept. As is all self-promotion. Good luck.
I really like the idea of visiting schools though...

Samantha Geary Jones said...

Yay for IWSG's book launch! I'll spread the word:) Speaking of which, I'd love to host your 'Dragon of the Stars' in April *paired with some cool music, of course*.

Of Dreams and Daring

SA Larsenッ said...

Super excited the book has been released into the wild!!! Thank you for letting me be part of it.

Alex, I'm here to help in whatever way you think would work to get your latest book out. I'm not a Sci Fi site, but I sure the heck can tweet, share, etc... Whatever... :)

NASHVILLECATS said...

Would love to see that Nashville show as I remember Nashville oh so well,
Even sang on stage at The Grand Ole Oprey.
Great post as usual Alex, will submit mine late as I forgot the date.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I sympathize with you about not getting the 'big' SF sites to notice your books.
Can't wait for the Hobbit movie. I think the news reported that the big pirating of Sony movies by North Korea was retaliation for Rogan's film. Makes me want to see it.

LD Masterson said...

Thank you for that comment on "Biblical" dramas. Why do movie makers feel the need to play with the word of God? They think they can do better?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Birgit, modernizing doesn't begin to describe what they've done to the story.

Faraway, no worries!

Larry, you just couldn't resist...

Lisa, no pressure!

Rebecca, that's all right.

Ilima, yeah Egyptians have tans...

Thanks, Candilynn! Will get there soon...

Stephen, go!!!

Samantha, you got it!

Shari, you rock.

Yvonne, no worries, and I remember you doing that.

Susan, you understand, and that's funny about the retaliation.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm a little overwhelmed with book promotion at the moment, so I feel your pain as you start planning ahead.

M Pax said...

Marketing is tough. Writing has become the easiest part of this whole gig. I'm trying to think more like a reader and less like a writer. I think it's the only way.

With shows signing off for the holidays, I'll get to watch more bad movies (along with some good ones).

Maurice Mitchell said...

Curse Riff-Trax for not coming to Phoenix, but I curse them with love. The backlash over casting all-white actors to play Egyptians is pretty over-whelming. I'm sure the film will do well.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

I'm a blogger - typing out whatever comes to mind. Traveling around to read what others are thinking and sharing. Being a writer takes practice, and some education - so many more qualities I haven't bothered to develop. But I do have fun. I enjoy reading your web site. Have a great week, Alex.

Andrew Leon said...

Fine! Fine! I'll get to the review!
Soon!

The ironic thing about Exodus is that it's being done by a pretty conservative group. heh

Liz A. said...

I remember Mystery Science Theater 3000...

Good luck with your marketing. You're famous in this little part of the world already.

Hart Johnson said...

Thank you so much for the shout out, Alex!!! And you will secure those spots, but you are ALWAYS welcome on my blog. Just let me know if you want to include me on the tour. In fact I could do an author interview if you want to share an ARC (I write much more interesting questions if I know what we are talking about)

Leovi Leovi said...

Congratulations on your evolution as a writer. Sure be in these important lists!

Jay Noel said...

Exodus might look cool, but I've been hearing about all the "artistic" freedoms they've taken with the story. Plus, I'm not happy with all the white-washing with the main characters.

Looking forward to the final Hobbit installment, though. And my kids love all the Museum movies. Have to see it for Robin.

Carrie-Anne said...

It can be really frustrating to be overlooked when you're not a big-name writer. As much as indie publishing (in various iterations) has taken off, a lot of people are still operating under the old status quo paradigm which says traditional publishing is the only real way to go or be taken seriously.

Cynthia said...

I look forward to downloading the IWSG book!

Before the end of the month, I'd like to see Gone Girl and Mockingjay. And if I'm really lucky, I'd like to see Big Hero 6, which you'd previously recommended.

Gwen Gardner said...

I'm sure you can score a spot on some of the popular sci fi sites. Don't they know who you are?! LOL. But really, if they do their research, they'll snap you up. Good luck!

Jenni Enzor said...

The Interview sounds really interesting. I agree with you about the Biblical films. I didn't even attempt Noah. Rooting for you on getting those big sci fi sites. I agree with Gwen. How can they not know who you are?

Nick Wilford said...

Marketing is something that scares me a bit. I'm not at that stage but I imagine it would be good to focus on a few avenues and do them well rather than spreading yourself thin. Good thing the IWSG book has plenty of tips!

My stepdaughter loves the Night at the Museum films so she'll be happy about that. I'm sure it'll add some poignance that it was Williams' final film.

Sarah Foster said...

Sounds like you've got a lot going on next year! And thanks for putting the IWSG anthology together. I look forward to reading all of the pieces.

J Q Rose said...

Thanks for championing the book for writers. Glad you got a break cause April will be here before you know it!

Christine Rains said...

I feel the same way about marketing. I have a big plate full of it in the new year. I'm planning far ahead too, so I think that helps. Hmm... could I reason driving eight hours to Nashville to see Riff Trax Live? Hehehe. I watched Knights of Badassdom on Monday. It was pretty geeky and hilarious with some big star names.

Liz Blocker said...

GO IWSG! I can't wait to get the book!

S. L. Hennessy said...

I'm so excited about the book -- or I should say BOOKS. Yours and the IWSG guide. Yay!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Alex! Hart is such a sweetie. I'm excited to see what it is she's planning since the downward spiral of blogdom. *sigh*

*gasp*!!! I didn't know our book was out! SO exciting. I am going to go scream it out to the world! And download it...

You know what? Like Disney is going to add exciting big things to Star Wars, can't they use the same world and characters and create MORE stories for the LotR?

Al Diaz said...

Looking forward for the third part of the Hobbit!
Marketing to me is a nightmare big enough to cure me from the wish of being published. Just found out.
Your comment about Exodus reminded me of Charlton Heston's movie, The Ten Commandments. Would that be close enough to the real story? I loved it.

J E Oneil said...

Good luck with that marketing stuff. I haven't even gotten a book out, so I can't give any advice. I'm sure one of your followers will know something.

What bugs me about the Exodus movie is how white the cast is considering that it's supposed to take place in Egypt...

Clarissa Draper said...

Gonna check out Hart's site. Congrats on the book! And I'm with you about the biblical films. Have a great week.

Fundy Blue said...

Hey, Alex! Amazon is processing my review of Cassastorm and will email me when it goes up. I have a backup copy in case something goes wrong. Since I invested the afternoon in writing it, I'll probably turn it into a blog review in the near future. Have a great evening!

Jemi Fraser said...

Marketing is such a lot of work! If you'd like some help, let me know what I can do :)

Looking forward to the Hobbit!!!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Oh my goodness! Have I really been that out of touch with the blogosphere?! How did I miss your cover reveal?! I love it! Congratulations!!

I'll also have to check out the IWSG book. How exciting!

Patricia Lynne said...

Marketing is one of my biggest writer insecurities and it often overwhelms me. What to do? I haven't a clue. (Hey, I rhymed. ^_____________^)

Robyn Campbell said...

Alex, THANK YOU for your words about that dumb Exodus movie. I am WITH YOU. It sucks! Ah, but The Hobbit is another story indeed. CAN'T WAIT!!

Heading over to Hart's when I leave here.

If you still people for blog stops, I'm all in.

I appreciate what you said about encouraging words. That can make the difference in a lot of ways for a discouraged writer. And discouragement will come to us all.

Downloaded my copy of the IWSG book.

Mason T. Matchak said...

Very jealous that RiffTrax never comes anywhere near me. :P And the only movie I'm going to this month is the final "Hobbit" one... need to find the time to watch the extended editions of the first two parts before that. Anyone have six spare hours? O_o

E.E. Giorgi said...

It always feels daunting but that's why we're here, to support one another :-) let me know if you want stop by my blog again to introduce your book when it comes out

Juneta Key said...

Congratulations on your new book. All this writing business and marketing. There is sooo much to it that is hard to know what to do and which route to take. Marketing is the lurking monster on my horizon. Wishing you all the best and Happy Holidays.

Juneta

PS: Looking forward to seeing the Hobbit too. Just recently saw Guardians of The Galaxy. It was great and well done story wise I thought. As my favorite character said, "We are Groot."

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

LD, exactly!

Andrew, no pressure!

Hart, thank you!! I will email you.

Gwen, I hope so.

JQ, I know!

Christine, I still want to see that.

Elizabeth, Jackson wants to continue with Middle Earth films..

Al, that one was much closer!

JE, I know!

Fundy, you are beyond awesome!!!!

Rachel, thanks!

Robyn, it does suck.

EE, thanks!

Juneta, best movie of the year.

Julie Musil said...

Alex, I know exactly how you feel with marketing! But you're doing a great job.

I just downloaded the IWSG book! Can't wait to check out all the great writing advice.

By the way, I had no idea Exodus did not stay true to the material. Helloooo! The Bible! Why do they mess it up? I agree about not giving money to filmmakers who don't respect that. They'd make a fortune if they brought a legit Bible story to the big screen.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Marketing takes more work than writing a 100K word book.

Angela Brown said...

Hey Alex, as someone who can't even claim low lister stats, I know the difficulty of getting the marketing thing going. I'm still trying to work my way up to being PR group eligible lol!

You probably know this already, but please know you are welcome to my blog. I don't have that many followers, but I love the peeps who follow my blog and I'm certain most of them love you :-)

In the advertising for the Exodus movie, I must have missed the depiction of God as a child. That's a bit weird.

I'm off to go do some more writing :-)

Cathy Keaton said...

The insecurities that come with marketing your book.... I'm still stuck at the insecurities that come with writing your book! I'll have to catch up to you one day, but I'm sure you'll always be way ahead of me. :)

Shell Flower said...

Marketing is rough, but you are the king of blog marketing, so what do you have to worry about? Good luck with the sci-fi blogs of choice. Can't wait to see the Hobbit finale. I love those. Interesting take on Exodus. I didn't realize the story was so controversial.

L.G. Keltner said...

I'd love to see RiffTrax Live sometime! I just can't do it this time around.

You may not be a big name author, but you're an awesome one! Good luck with getting the attention of those big sites. You definitely deserve it!

jamieayres.com said...

I downloaded the book . . . sooo awesome!!! I'll get a review up for you soon. Good luck, buddy :-)

DMS said...

You have so many great things going on! Congrats and so happy for you. :)
~Jess

Ninja Girl said...

I'm not at the point yet where I've had to market my books, but just thinking about it...guh! I know it must be hard,especially with so many other books/authors/ads out there. Always looking for a new way to promote, I know. Glad you got some time off, and I hope your marketing goes great!
Ninja Girl

Entrepreneurial Goddess said...

Hello there.
Thanks for sharing. Just stopping by to congratulate you on completing the A-Z Challenge! I'm making a short pit stop from the Road Trip!

Entrepreneurial Goddess

Kim Lajevardi said...

Congrats on your release!

Helena said...

I don't merely feel overwhelmed by marketing, I feel utterly defeated.

I'd be delighted to help you out next April, and when I catch up on my reading (maybe over the holidays?) I'll be so happy to give CassaStorm what no doubt will be a glowing review.

Denise Covey said...

Yep, everyone struggles with marketing. To some it comes naturally. Others find it difficult. I wish you all the best in your efforts Alex! Glad you had some time off for Thanksgiving.

Empty Nest Insider said...

You've had an extraordinary year, Alex! I'm so excited about The IWSG Guide, and Dragon Of The Stars! I think you're being too modest about your success. Good luck with all of the marketing! I'm sure you'll find some great Sci-Fi blogs that will be thrilled to have you! Thanks for all you do to make the blogosphere a better place!

Julie

Medeia Sharif said...

I enjoy Seth Rogen's films.

I can share your book on my blog. Marketing is real overwhelming.

Vanessa Morgan said...

You can guest post on my blog for your book. You have my email, right? eeriestories75(at)gmail(dot)com

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - the IWSG guide is brilliant - downloaded mine. Your Dragon of the Stars ... sounds like that is getting under control and I see lots of thoughts from blogging authors here ..

Good luck - cheers Hilary

Jennifer Lane said...

I'm not a big fan of Seth Rogan either but I did like Neighbors. Sounds like you have a good marketing plan for April. Will you have your book available for pre-order?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Julie, yes they would. Just look at how well The Passion of the Christ did in theaters.

Holy Ghost, you got that right!

Angela, thanks! And yes, very weird.

Shell, Google it and you'll find all sorts of articles.

LG, thanks!

Goddess, thanks! You are dedicated. I have to complete it, being a co-host and all...

Helena, thanks!!

Medeia, thank you!

Vanessa - thanks. Got it.

Jennifer, I'll have to check with my publisher.

mail4rosey said...

I'm not a non-fan of Rogan (that can't be correct English, I know). I think he does guy movies though, usually. ;) I bet my two grown boys will see that one.

Good luck with the marketing. I think that must be the hardest part of being a writer!!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Thanks, Alex. I'll keep doing the same.

Leovi Leovi said...

Exodus: Gods and Kings was shot in Spain. It promises to be spectacular!

Susanne Drazic said...

I definitely want to see the Night at the Museum: The Secret of the Tomb. I really enjoyed the first two and I'm sure this one will be just as good.

Susan Kane said...

Just printed our tickets to see Santa Claus tonight. It's my b-day, so my husband is going along with my decision.

I agree with every comment you made about the above movies. Moses? Desecration!

Truedessa said...

Alex,

Sounds like you have a lot of exciting stuff heading your way with the new book. I have to say I am a bit intrigued by the theme.

Night at the Museum is one I will probably go see as I enjoyed the other two. It might be a bit eerie to see Robin Williams. A tragic loss that one can feel so alone in a vast world. rip Robin..

Avantika Chitturi said...

I agree about The Interview - I'm dying to see it, especially as I really liked "This is the End". Another movie I really want to see is "The Theory of Everything". Oh, and how could I forget "The Imitation Game" and "Wild".
*sigh* December Movie Magic.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Susanne, I was surprised how much fun those first two films were.

Susan, awesome you are going!!!

Truedessa, yes it is.

Avantika, gift yourself some movies this month.

Erin L. Funk said...

I'm considering self-publishing in the future, and the whole marketing issue is a royal headache. Very daunting. Hope everything works out well for your marketing campaign despite how overwhelming it is!

As for the shows you mentioned, I have to confess to being disappointed with the Hobbit movies. Yeah, I'm a bit of a purist that way & would've preferred one solid movie. Ah well. Just saw a preview at the theater for the third Night at the Museum and got a little teary seeing Robin Williams on the big screen. And Moses? Just a big, fat no on that one. Have a great day!

Suze said...

Oh, Al. I *so* want you to be featured on the 'big sci-fi sites.' They're missing out without your presence. You've made a huge splash with your work! Anyway, just wanted you to know that I felt that way.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Marketing is always tough since it's hard to know what will work and what won't, but doing something is always better than doing nothing! Congrats on the Insecure Writer's book. I look forward to reading it!

Lynda R Young said...

Despite the difficulties, you seem to be doing really well. I hope Dragon is a huge success because I really loved the story.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Erin, either path you take, you have to market unfortunately.

Suze, thank you. You just rock.

Lynda, thanks! You made it better.

Brandon Ax said...

Marketing is my greatest issue at the moment. I feel like I am spiting into a barrel half the time.

I am very excited for the Hobbit myself I have enjoyed the movies.

Diane Burton said...

Congrats on your new release. If you're still looking for guest spots, be my guest. I love having fellow writers. (email: dmburton72 (at) gmail (dot) com) I hate promoting myself--no problem helping others. Somehow it feels weird to toot my own horn.
Thanks for starting this group & keeping it going.

Tammy Theriault said...

the movies this month coming out look awesome! hope all the marketing works out :)

Carole Anne Carr Author said...

Thanks, Alex, it's hard to lose many years posts, they were old friends. I had my photographs on Picasa, Google took this over and as a result all my photographs were removed. Think I was told to join Google+ to retain them but didn't realise what was about to happen!

Rena said...

Just wanted to pop in and say "Thanks for putting together IWSG!"

It's one of my favorite things on the internet, and getting people organizes is only slightly easier than herding cats with a helicopter. Thanks for all your work, and stopping by at all the blogs.

As for movies, I'm absolutely on tinterhooks waiting for Five Armies. I cannot wait!

Susan Kane said...

Riff Trax: that Santa Claus was so creepy. "Playing" the white organ, leering and crazy eyebrows! Poor Lupita! We laughed so hard. Must find this movie online.

Suzanne Furness said...

Most authors I interact with seem to find the marketing the hardest part (after actually writing the book I guess!). Keep plugging away with those top sites, Alex I have every faith you will get there.

Will be downloading the IWSG book later and looking forward to The Hobbit.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Diane, thank you! I will email this weekend.

Carole, that's such a bummer.

Rena, that made me laugh!

Susan, wasn't it awesome? I'm hoping they make that one available on DVD.

Leovi Leovi said...

I think Night at the Museum is already very repetitive!

jaybird said...

Hollywood has yet to impress me with any biblical adaptation. They are NEVER 100% true to the story when it matters, in my opinion.

The Hobbit is going to be epic! Can't wait to see it. Been waiting a long time to see this final episode.

Marketing is never easy- but done well and it's always worth it. I know you will get the job done right. :)

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Carrie Butler said...

I love marketing, but I'm a bit sick that way. LOL I'm off to download the ISWG book. I can't believe I missed it when I was on blog hiatus!