pay it forward

Book News: New Projects and A Strange Plea a.k.a. My Apology, No Comedy Title Today

No alumni Starving Interview today, folks, though I hope to rectify this next week!  Instead, we present an offer of new things in the future, followed by yours truly begging at your feet like a kicked puppy.  AWESOME!

Right, let’s start with the less embarrassing part.  My latest writing project, the start of a brand new series, has actually begun.  There is a lot about this new book that stray away from the works I’ve done in the past, but I think that will give this series a unique place in my portfolio.  I think it’s too early yet to start dropping teasers and such, but if you’re a fan of fantasy mystery romance post-magical-apocalypse LGBT dramas with film noire and cyberpunk influences, you’ll want to read this one.  If that giant pile of mish-mash appeals to you, then feel free to contact me directly via e-mail (jbgarner58@gmail.com) or through any social media and we’ll see if you want to take the plunge to be an alpha/beta reader!  Otherwise, expect the first full blown teasers, as well as the rough drafts of the first few ‘chapters’, next month.

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Monday Musings: Pay It Forward! a.k.a. Helping Your Favorite/Fellow Author

Today’s musings aren’t anything new.  You see, this weekend past I was approached by a fellow author trying to get his book put together.  He needs funding and has taken to the popular crowd-funding approach to do so.  He wanted me to take a look at his book and then, if I liked it, to help him signal boost and help him out.

Now, if any of you ever look at my Twitter feed, you know that I’m not a fan of the mass retweeters out there, who fling constant advertisements about their books and retweeting other ads.  There’s advertisement and promotion … then there’s that continual yelling in your ear.  If I don’t like that, how is this sort of thing involving Kickstarter any different?

It’s the simple difference between a simple request done privately and massive unwanting annoyance.  It’s also the difference between being given the choice, fully informed, to do what I want instead of constantly being tagged to ‘RT PLZ’ or the like.  Helping to signal boost indie authors is one of the primary reasons I started my book reviews to begin with, after all, so backing this kind of approach is my bag of tea.

What this comes down to is that there are right and wrong ways to support your favorite authors.  Should you tell your friends about them?  Sure!  Should you review and rate their books?  Of course!  But you don’t do them any favors by constantly signal-blasting about them.  It’s like any other kind of nagging; it gets old fast.  Instead of making your friends read this favorite author of yours, you will likely make them avoid it like the plague out of sheer annoyance!

Until next time, good reading, good writing, and good luck!

Book Reviews: Should I start them?

As quite a few people have been very open and welcoming in wanting to review my own books, I am contemplating starting a similar avenue for other authors to get their works out.  Think of it as paying forward the good deeds done to me by reviewing others works.

So … do you think I should do it?  If you do, comment or like this post.  If not, tell me so.  Though, to be fair, I am currently of the mind to do so.  It just seems the fair thing to do.