#Thunderclap Promotion Update – I Can Still Use Your Help

Good Morning!

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I just wanted to stop in and give you all a quick update on my Thunderclap progress.

As of this writing, the stats are:

SUPPORTERS
70 of 100
70% of goal supported
SOCIAL REACH
106,096
People
TIME LEFT
11 days
Ends Apr 21, 12:00 PM EDT
As you can see, I still need 30 more supporters to reach my goal and make this campaign a success. It’s very simple to be a supporter. All you need to do is click on the link and click support.
Thank you so much for taking the time to help me!
Have a great day!

An Update on My #Pubslush and A Personal Commentary About the Literary #Crowdfunding Contraversy

I’ve posted several times here that I was fortunate enough to win my Pubslush campaign through a pitch contest for Pubslush and Booklogix. This isn’t something I set out to undertake but I figured due to my current financial situation, what did I have to lose? Creativity and the arts are something I am passionate about and I see absolutely nothing wrong with anyone trying to raise funds for their project–no matter what it is. If a person can raise thousands of dollars for potato salad…you know what I’m saying? People do it all of time for movies, businesses etc. Why not books?

Apparently, there are some authors out there who feel it is wrong to participate in crowdfunding in order to either publish your book or for whatever other reason you want to use the funds for. According to some, it is beneath them and they would never think of asking anyone to help them out. Well bully for you! Of course, the few I’ve seen say this are best selling authors who write full time and apparently do quite well and have for some time now. Unfortunately, many of us still have to work a day job and perhaps have just as much talent but lack the financial security to afford our own marketing. Some of us work our asses off just like you and still can’t make ends meet. So, does that still make us slackers in your book?

Why am I explaining myself? Why should I even have to?

What difference does it make how I fund the marketing for my book? That’s my business. It’s my choice and although you are entitled to your own condescending opinion, how dare any of you assume I don’t work my ass off in every aspect of my life, let alone my writing?

I don’t see anyone twisting arms for donations. Perhaps there are some people who may go about marketing it the wrong way but they don’t deserve to be publicly stoned for making bad choices…assuming of course they are bad to anyone but you. Here’s an example of a scenario that may help you see what I mean: You’re walking down the street and someone asks you for a dollar for whatever. Do you stop and say, “Get a job you loser!?”

Of course you don’t! You just keep walking if you don’t want to give.

Well basically, that is what these authors are saying about their peers. How about if you don’t want to donate, just walk on by or ignore the email or blog post? How about hitting the old delete button? How about not being so catty and self righteous about how people choose to go about their business?  How about not being so judgmental of others and making assumptions that this person or that person doesn’t work hard…just like you did/do? What about live and let live?

A while back, another best selling author pulled me aside and told me not to toot my own horn too loudly because there are some authors who will want to stuff a sock in it. I truly didn’t want to believe this but unfortunately, now I understand. To be honest, the majority of authors I have met or developed relationships with have been the most supportive, encouraging and generous souls I could have imagined. I’ll never allow a few bad apples to spoil my pie.

I’ve held this in for quite some time now and I have touched on it before but I finally saw and heard enough and I want the record to state that I’m not out here panhandling to fund my book marketing. I am a dedicated, hard working author who just happens to want to sell my books, quit my day job sooner rather than later and also be able to keep my lights on.

If crowdfunding books is something you don’t agree with then by all means, walk on by, there’s nothing to see here. But if you believe investing in someone like me is worth your hard earned dime, I appreciate you more than you know.

Can we all just get back to writing the best books we can and do what’s best for our readers? After all, they are the most important people in all of this.

Here is the link to my Pubslush and I’m damn proud of it!  

PubSlush is Complete and Ready to Go – Let’s Do This!

I finished my PubSlush campaign last night and it has been approved!

First, here’s a little video to give you more information about PubSlush and their mission.

The Pubslush Cause from Pubslush on Vimeo.

I’d be ever so grateful if you’d go take a peek at it and perhaps even register as a fan to receive updates on my progress. 🙂 Just click on Ivory below to go to my PubSlush Profile.

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Although the official launch date isn’t until September 1, 2014, I’m so excited and grateful for this opportunity to be able to take part in such an innovative concept in crowd-funding.

If you follow my blog, you know I won this opportunity through a pitch contest for my new book, “The Blue Diamond – The Razor’s Edge.” I’m very proud of this book, as I’ve moved my writing in another direction and although I was afraid in the beginning to take such a leap, I’m still in the genre I love but trying out a different angle and story type–romance and adventure.

September 1st is going to be a pretty big day all the way around because that is also the day I find out if “Fireflies” has won in either category in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards contest. There are so many wonderful books in my category and as cliche as it sounds, I’m just thrilled to be a finalist in their company. Of course I’d love to win but it’s been a thrill to just have that finalist badge on my book cover.

“The Blue Diamond” will be released on October 1, 2014 and I’m putting my blog tour together with the assistance of my incredible publisher, Ravenswood Publishing.  If you’d like to participate in my blog tour, please e-mail me at authorpsbartlett@aol.com.

Thank you all so much as always for stopping to read my ramblings.

Have a wonderful night!

Sorry for my absence. Here’s my excuse note…

I’ve been both busy and lazy for a few days.

I’ve just recovered from pneumonia and a bit of exhaustion set in. I realized I was pushing myself too hard, so besides a few hours at the Inn Saturday evening having some hard apple cider with my favorite crew, watching pre-season football, I slept this weekend…a LOT. What lead me to snoozeville was a weeks worth of working on my future and trying to align the stars. Aligning stars takes a lot of hard work and lack of sleep. So…

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Let’s get on with the busy, shall we?

I usually do my best not to put too many irons in the fire but lately, I realize that there are times when you have to in order to forge ahead. (Yep, I know you saw what I did there)

I’m on a mission to hire an advertising and marketing company to assist me with promoting my books. They cost a lotta loot folks. Money is something I am in very short supply of.

When I think back a hundred years and beyond to those famous writers who had benefactors or were already wealthy, I want to punch them in the nose. Okay no, not really but having someone or someones to sponsor you so that you can take your writing to the next level is no longer a thing of the past thanks to crowdfunding.

I’ve been mentioning here and there over the past month about my PubSlush campaign which launches on September 1st. There is quite a bit that goes into one of these campaigns and as of this evening, mine is finally complete and ready to go. I’m hoping that sometime tomorrow, it will be live on the site and showing the countdown clock to when the campaign actually starts.

My PubSlush goal is $5,000 but I hope to surpass that over the 45 days it will be up and running. Please wish me luck and if the notion strikes you, feel free to donate too.

I will be doing some smaller fund raisers as well, starting with a Facebook Partylite event. Here’s the link if you’d like to see what that’s all about. If you like candles and pretty decorative ways to show them off, Partylite has everything you need. One of my oldest and dearest friends is running the event for me and she is donating 25% of the proceeds to my marketing fund. How cool is that?!

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Since “The Blue Diamond” will be released on October 1st, my awesome sister-in-law came up with the idea for us to do a pirate themed book signing at our favorite watering hole the week of Halloween, complete with pirate costumes. I’ll be sure to post some photos of this unconventional yet brilliant idea for a book signing event!

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I’ve also been working nightly on my edits. I found an editor who is both excellent and loves my book. Now there’s a plus! We’re like peas and carrots or rather a skull and crossbones…let’s just say we work extremely well together and the book is getting better by the day!

Tonight, I donated three autographed copies of each; “Fireflies” and “Hope From the Ocean” to my county library system for Goodreads raffles. That felt great!

Still have the day job…for now, so it’s time for some shut eye mateys.

Fair winds!