Publicity! or How Ima Get Everybody To Know My Name

Gentle Readers, I must apologize. it has been inexcusably long since I have sattened down and written a true “Sean the Writer” blog entry. Actually, I do have a good excuse, one that many of you writers out there may be familiar with: I had come down with a serious case of employment. It lasted for eight months and three days, but I underwent a sudden remission on March 31st, when my boss cured me of this particular strain.

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“Good news, sir. We have removed every trace of that dastardly ‘affluenza.’ “

Now, while this has had a somewhat negative effect on my immediate financial situation (on a totally unrelated note, did you know that a LOT of people at McDonald’s don’t finish all their fries?), I have been free since the end of March to do the following:

  1. Cry into my booze.
  2. Finish getting the books that were supposed to be published by a certain press actually out there into the world.

The Perdition of Self-Publication

Fortunately the former took up only a couple of days, and I’ve been concentrating on the latter since then. So now I have five—count ’em, FIVE—self-published books out there in the libraverse. Self-publishing is kind of like hanging out outside the gates of Hell, you know? You refuse to abandon all hope and enter, but it doesn’t look like you’ll be experiencing Heaven any time soon, either.

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Kinda like this, only while you were in there the doctor retired and the building was condemned.

You are probably nauseatingly familiar with these books, but what the hell, get a bucket while I provide a bit of background on the shocking story behind the self-pubbing of each of them:

  1. Ain’t That America. I first put this out in 2000, before the current craze of everybody who has an email address writing and publishing a book-like entity. It did all right, but I was never really satisfied with how it looked and felt. So in 2014, I changed everything up and published a second edition with CreateSpace. This edition is beautiful and also $14.99 instead of iUniverse’s (the former publisher) kind of extortionate $19.95. It is my most exciting book–find out why by reading the first 150 pages free on my website. Then you will SO want to buy it.
  2. Darwin’s Dreams. Too experimental for mainstream publication, too historical and pensive for genre publication, my tale of Darwin and his Beagle captain came out in 2008 and I still think it’s the best thing I’ve ever written. I did this with CreateSpace as well, which gives the author complete control over all aspects of the book’s presentation. (I stayed with CreateSpace for the next three as well.) Take a look at the first half. I believe it will leave you spellbound and wanting to read the rest.
  3. Inappropriate Behavior. My weird collection of stories from pornographic to literary. It came out in 2011 to no fanfare, but those who have bought it seem to have enjoyed it. Want to read a story from the collection? It’s perfect to buy if you’re tasteful and eclectic and generally cool.

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Like me.

  1. Deadtown Abbey. Okay, this is where Permuted Press’s utter anal abuse of its authors comes into play. They contracted with me for this and for 9 other books, but then pulled their shit and I canceled the contract. However, before that happened, I had “published” the advance reading copy of this to sell at Cons and use for reviews and such once the actual book was close to coming out. Now that it will never be coming out from those jerks, I have a new jacket design, have made a few corrections to the copy, and republished it just this past week. It is a riot but also has good horror elements too. Judith O’Dea (“Barbra” from Night of the Living Dead) read it and called it “hilarious.” (I love Judith O’Dea.) You can read the first 100 pages of it for free (and then buy it if you like it) right here.

Me and Judith O'DeaDid I mention I’m a fan?

  1. Reviva Las Vegas! Okay, as much as I despise that joke of a publishing outfit now, I must admit that this book probably wouldn’t exist without the impetus of their (now I know) phony contract. I don’t know if people really get the gag of the title, so I will explain it here: It’s a story about Las Vegas after the zombie apocalypse. Zombies are “revived” corpses. A famous saying (and song) is “Viva Las Vegas!” So I put them together and made it RE-viva Las Vegas! Semi-interesting factoid: This is technically subtitled Book 1: Dead Man’s Hand. That’s because it was originally going to be the first book in a trilogy. That isn’t the case any longer, but Amazon won’t let me officially change the title. Ah, well. I self-published an advance reading copy with a cover I just threw together, but once the contract fell apart, I redid it and made it right as rain. Now it’s available with a real cover, correctly formatted interior, and truly magical words inside. Want to read the first half? Then I bet you’ll want to buy it—you’ll love it.

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You, after reading the samples. I can totally shut up and work with you on the money thing.

Next time: The actual publicity what is happening!

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6 thoughts on “Publicity! or How Ima Get Everybody To Know My Name

  1. I remain convinced that Ain’t That America could make your career. If only there were some way you could get it into the hands of a “real” publisher. However, since Darwin and ATA seem to be the only two not zombie-related, I dunno how far your career would skyrocket, among readers who might not be as totally appreciative of the zombie genre. In other words, what else ya got? You are insanely talented. I just wish there were more for those of us non-Cthuluians, is all. I fear that the zombie fad will… fade… whereas Ain’t That America is timeless. Also hysterical! I do love that book.

    • Zombies are great, but I don’t see myself doing another one unless someone is specifically paying me to do it. My plan is do more noir — I think you’ll be pleased.

      • Yay! Don’t limit yourself. You have tremendous creative talent, and your stuff is witty, tight and well thought out. You have the enviable ability to imagine stories. They don’t have to be about zombies. (Thank goodness!) Not sure how noir you wanna go. Could be the stuff of depression. Be careful what you get into. But more stories in the manner of ATA, well, I can’t wait! It was complete, tight, well-crafted and funny as hell, even though it was about a murder plot, for heaven’s sake. That takes a gift.

        For the record, I enjoyed Reviva Las Vegas, because style! I pretty much didn’t care that it was about zombies. It could stand alone and be perfectly understandable, even by someone who knows jack about zombiana. I liked the characters, the characterizations, I should say. You’re gifted. You just need representation, something awful.

      • Bunny, I keeeess you! Thank you for the kind words. Also, congratulations on your keen powers of observation (jk). Reviva got turned down by a well-known zombie-book publisher because it (ssssh!) was really more about people than zombies. And hellz yeah on the agent. I’m working on it, I assure you. Also, you and Hizzoner are an unbeatable team of friends and I love you both.

      • Oh, and definitely amusing noir — not stupid or silly on the face of it, but like Ain’t That America. I’ll let the characters be their ridiculous selves. 🙂

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