Category Archives: Self Promotion

Oregon, I am Here!

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Oregonians, I am in your state–my home state!  And I have two signings this week in Southern Oregon:

Thursday (today!), October 19th at 7pm, I will be at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, Oregon, which can be found at 290 E. Main Street.
http://bloomsburyashland.com/

Saturday, October 21st at 2pm I will be at the Barnes & Noble in Medford, Oregon, located at 1400 Biddle Rd.
https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2771

Come chat with me about Noumenon, sci-fi, books, and life in Southern Oregon!

See you soon!

~Marina

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Introducing the…

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Yes, yes, scream, shout, jump for joy.  Whatever is an appropriate level of celebration where you come from is fine by me.

If you sign up you’ll belong to one of the most exclusive clubs on the internet (and you all know how hard it is to find an exclusive club on the internet).  And, as an added bonus, you shall receive:

 

*Gifs! Yes, gifs. Probably mostly Supernatural related, but definitely of the not-boring variety.

*Cat pictures! I’m told adorable family pets do well in newsletters. Mine might not be adorable so much as…weird. I’ve got weird cats. One of them occasionally forgets which species she is and tries to be a snake…or a meerkat…or a golden retriever.

*Itty Bitty Beasties! You thought I’d forgotten about these, huh? Nope, I’ve just been saving ’em.

*Recommendations for other cool stuff–books, movies, brands of novelty toilet paper (just making sure you’re paying attention)!

*Important announcements regarding worthy causes.

*Exclusive content and contests for newsletter subscribers only! Where you can win super cool stuff.

*And yes, factual facts about when and where you can factually find my new publications.

 

I know that sounds like a lot, but it will be broken out in reasonable chunks. You aren’t going to have to sift through a bagillion lines in a bagillion newsletters, don’t worry. You’ll be hearing from me about once a month, and most letters will probably be about the length of this post.

Are you in?  Awesome.  Click either HERE or the sparkly Lostetter Newsletter button above to sign up!

~Marina

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WotF Awards Vid

Hi all!

Below is a video clip from the Vol. 29 Writers and Illustrators of the Future awards ceremony. It contains an introduction to my story, the wonderfully quirky dance choreographed for it, my thank you speech and Tiffany England’s thank you speech. Enjoy, get inspired, and enter the contest!

~Marina

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Short Story Sale!

I’ve just sold a sci-fi humor detective story to Galaxy’s Edge. My first story with this venue is set to appear in the September issue, so I’m very glad to have another one in the works.

Happy dance time.

~Marina

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Book Signing 7/13/13!

Writers of the Future Vol. 29 is out!  And I will be signing copies from 2:00-4:00pm this Saturday (the 13th) at the Barnes & Noble on N. College Ave. in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  

If you are in the area I hope to see you there. You can ask me about the contest, about writing, about science fiction–about basically anything you’d like. Or you can just get a crisp new book and a neat-o signature if you’re not up for chatting. Either way, I’ll appreciate you stopping by!

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~Marina

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Good News!

Part two of the WotF workshop overview will be up next week.

This week I wanted to crow a little, if you’ll indulge me.

First off, I sold a story to Mike Resnick over at Galaxy’s Edge after a minor (but really needed) rewrite.  I’m super excited about this, as it’s my fourth professional-rate sale.

Secondly, my story “Sojourn for Ephah” won second place in the InterGalactic Medicine Show readers’ poll!  To get positive feedback from editors is great, but this is the first time I’ve been able to see what kind of an impact my work has had on readers.  I’m extremely pleased that the story was so well received.

Well, that’s it, just a batch of good news.  All in all, April’s been a pretty good month.

~Marina

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WotF Vol. 29 Cover

It’s a little after-the-fact, but the cover for Writers of the Future Vol. 29 has been released, and the book itself is available for pre-order!

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Anybody else hear Elton John in their head singing “Rocket Maaaaan” when they look at the cover?  The illustration is by wonderful Stephen Youll.

You can pre-order a mass market paperback from Barns & Noble or Amazon.  The e-book version will be available in several formats for imediate download on April 14th.

~Marina

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Of Profiles and Pitches

I open my email and find I have a new twitter follower. Cool. That’s a pretty rare event for me, seeing as I how I’m sitting at nobody status at the moment and I don’t go on following rampages looking for random hoards to follow me back.

I like to visit followers’ profiles to see if they’re fly-bys or people I’d actually like to network with. So, I go to this guy’s profile and read: “Can a man who throws his dates in a dungeon succeed romantically?”

And the first thing I think is, “Holy crap.” Followed by, “This guy probably thinks that’s a funny way to describe himself and has no idea how creepy it sounds.”

For the record, I know nothing about this individual. He seems nice enough, but his twitter profile gave me the wrong impression. I quickly got over that impression after I, you know, read past the first sentence in his profile, but it got me thinking — there are certain places you want to put things like loglines and summaries, and certain places you do not.

Yes, that is a logline for the humor novel he currently has out. In that context, it is funny. But I had no indication he was a writer until after the creepy first impression.

Profiles are bad places to put loglines, especially if you don’t preface them. When someone goes to an ‘about me’ page or a twitter profile, they expect to learn about the person, not be pitched a product. That expectation can color their impression of whatever they find there.

I was halfway to the block tab before I decided to go back and read the second sentence. I’ve gotten followed by random creepy people before (“Just looking for someone to spend hot, steamy, guilt-free nights with” — er, no thank you. Or ” #&$%ing bitches be hating.  You one of them?” — Take your chauvinism elsewhere), and wasn’t about to trade tweets with a guy who thinks joking about abusing the women he meets is funny.

When we promote our products we want to make sure we’re promoting what we think we’re promoting. We want to be sure that we’re reaching the right audience in the right way.

I might be his target audience.  I love humor novels.  But, if I’d done what I typically do when I get “that vibe” — run to block — I wouldn’t have even realized I’d passed over a writer’s profile.

There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with his approach, but it did make me do a double take. I’m not saying, “Don’t promote your book this way,” just, “Think about it for a while before you take this approach.” Make sure it’s getting you what you think it’s getting you.

Those of you with loglines that follow a more sinister vein might want to be extra cautious.

And, who knows, maybe his strategy did work. After all, I’m posting about it.

Ever run across a profile that made you do a double take? Tell me about it!

~Marina

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Sojourn for Ephah to appear in IGMS

Hi all!

Remember that first pro-sale I made a about a month ago (ETA: guess it was two months–how time flies)? Well, now that some of the official business has been taken care of, I’d like to announce that my sale was to Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show.

The issue it’s scheduled to appear in should be up soon. Keep an eye on my blog for all the details once it’s officially released.

~Marina

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