- On December 4, I promoted DTD (as hundreds of other self-published authors promoted their books) at the 2nd annual Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide, kindly hosted on the blog Whatever by sci-fi author John Scalzi. I didn’t get a bump in sales, but it was worth a try, and it didn’t cost me anything to participate. Thanks again to John for providing that venue, because he certainly didn’t have to.
- Also on December 4, blogger Naomi Blackburn gushed about DTD Part 2: Stormcaller, and gave it 5 stars on her blog A Book and a Review. Needless to say, that made me all kinds of happy, and thanks again to Naomi for taking the time to review my books.
- On December 6, Wattpad recommended DTD Part 1: Pearl to its visitors, a great many of whom are teenagers. Before Wattpad featured the book, it had received 25 reads; since then (as of this morning), it’s had 597. Though that doesn’t directly bring me revenue (Wattpad is a free site), it nevertheless pleases me immensely, because though I’ll never turn down money, it wasn’t my motivator when writing DTD (if it had been, I would have titled it Teenage Zombie-Vampire Archers in Love). Really, I just wanted the story read and enjoyed, and it seems that over at Wattpad, that’s what’s going on.
- Finally, on December 7, I joined six other Eastern Shore writers for “Authors Night” at Bridges Restaurant in Grasonville, MD. The book signing was very well-attended and was, I thought, a huge success. I made a lot of sales, and got to meet and talk with a lot of very nice people, especially the other members of “The Magnificent Seven,” as fellow writer (and my table-mate) Brent Lewis dubbed us. “Authors Night” was the highlight of my week, and I would love for us to get back together again very soon.
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Bouyed by how successful (and fun!) Authors Night was, I entered DTD into the 2013 Annapolis Book Festival. Hopefully, that’ll happen. More about that another time.