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19 November 2008 @ 06:20 pm
many small things  

This is a post of small things, because I don’t seem to be able to keep my head together long enough to remember more than small things for very short periods of time. *God* I’ll be glad when the sun starts to come back, even if it’s perpetually cloudy here. I need to live somewhere where it is sunny but not *hot* all year round, and I have a very limited idea of what constitutes ‘hot’. One of the things I love about the Irish is that they say, “It’s a scorcher, isn’t it?” at 75 degrees F and *mean* it, just like Alaskans do.

Speaking of Alaskans, Democrat Mark Begich has won the US Senatorial race, defeating incumbent Ted Stevens and ending his 40-year Senate career. Begich came from being 3400 votes behind on Election Day to being 3700 votes ahead yesterday, with only 2500 absentee ballots left to count. It’s a win outside of the .5% margin of error, so if Stevens wants to contest it, he’s going to have to pay for the recount. I suspect and hope he will not do that, and will instead go out with as much grace as an 86 year old convicted felon can. :)

I went to the writers group last night, which was pleasant as usual, except for it turns out that the woman running it, who is supported in doing so by the arts council here, has had her funding cut because of the budgetary things going on in Ireland, and so she’ll no longer be running the group. I dropped by the library to see about changing the meeting night and to ask about whether the time could be more convenient to the library (it could be), so now I have to contact everybody and (tell them, I suspect) what night we’ll now be meeting, and see if I can corral them into an earlier meeting time. I kind of don’t mind harranguing people to show up as long as I don’t have to bring home stories to critique, which I would simply never do.

I read a bit from TRUTHSEEKER for the group last night, just the very opening scene, which I think is pretty cute and funny. They seemed to like it as well, and one of the women said, “How long does it take you to learn to write like that?”

Um. Well. An entire lifetime, really. TRUTHSEEKER’s my 18th novel, and will be my 15th or somethingth published book. I practice a lot. o.O The woman who asked looked sort of unsurprised but despondent. :)

We went and re-upped our gym membership for six months, today. tersa is making me look like a slacker, so I’m going to have to get back in the pool. :)

Looks like the initial print run on Chance will be about 5K issues, which I don’t think is quite enough to break even, much less hand money over to the CBLDF. Presumably it’s impractical to get everybody on my friends list to buy twenty copies of the comic, so I’m trying to think up more ways to advertise and spread the word about it. Ideas? Suggestions? Friends with thousands of readers who are susceptible (the friends, not the readers) to offers of homemade fudge…? *thinks*

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: calmcalm
Alix (Tersa): Toast---silly tongue (tersa)tersa on November 19th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
I cheered reading the article last night about Stevens being defeated. Although another part of me was also thinking "You're 86, man, running for a six year term. Quit already. Go enjoy what little retirement time you have left."

SLACKER. Er. Hah. Right. :) But I will cheerfully allow myself to be the object of motivation as long as I can do it to you in return. ;)

So if we manage to arrange for all 5K issues of "Chance" to be purchased, will they re-print it?

Edited at 2008-11-19 06:25 pm (UTC)
Pamela: Bruce - waterfalljeditigger on November 19th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
So if we manage to arrange for all 5K issues of "Chance" to be purchased, will they re-print it?

This is the same question I had.

People need to hit their local comic shops.
kitmizkit on November 19th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Yep, they will. :)
Harold Zablehzatz on November 19th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
I already pestered Lee's once. They hadn't heard of it.

I need to bother them again. Maybe they can even play up the "local author" bit. Did you buy comics there when you were a local?
kitmizkit on November 19th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
I did, in fact. In second fact, I was so pleased to see them with a booth at San Diego Comic Con I took a picture, 'cause they were one of "my" comic shops :)
mayakdamayakda on November 19th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
Is Truthseeker part of one of your existing series/serieses/seria (ahhh) or a new story altogether?
kitmizkit on November 19th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
It's brand new, coming out from Del Rey in 2010. :)
Andrea Blytheblythe025 on November 19th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
Well as far as marketing, the only thing I can think of right now is creating a page on facebook, that you can then get people to start added themselves as fans of. That seems to help some people.

Another way is to create some sort of online contest, where the winner could win a signed copy of the book.

I don't know what else. These are just things I've seen other people do. I'm planning on locating a local comic shop and creating a pull-list for the first time to be sure that I can get on the "Chance" bandwagon.
kitmizkit on November 20th, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
Both of those are good ideas. And--a lot of comic shops don't seem to have heard of/be planning to order Chance, so if you want to make a pull list, honestly, finding a local shop now and ordering it might be for the best. (Obviously it would help my numbers too, but on a sheerly pragmatic level, if you want to get it *when it comes out* you might /have/ to move now.)
T.M. Thomastmthomas on November 19th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
Have you made any contacts in the comic blogging world? Chris Sims or others might be willing to pitch in a promo for the good cause.
kitmizkit on November 20th, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
I don't follow comic blogs well enough to know who or where to contact! A list of suggestions/urls would be wonderful, if you've got time and inclination.
silcristsilcrist on November 19th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Ooooh. So how many copies does one need to buy / inspire to be purchased in order to qualify for the homemade fudge? ;)

(I'd already added Chance to my pull list, even before I knew there was a possibility of bribery...)
Trent the Uncatchable: comicsknappenp on November 19th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Seems to me that I haven't had any of that homemade fudge. You could offer homemade fudge to the person who buys the most copies?

(The jam, though. Mmmm.)
kitmizkit on November 20th, 2008 11:57 am (UTC)
Really? I've never sent you any fudge? That's...sort of extraordinary.
kit: chance2mizkit on November 20th, 2008 11:58 am (UTC)
*laughs* Hm, I don't know. Five? Ten? Fifty? What seems reasonable? *laughs*
irishkate: Storm prettyirishkate on November 20th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
Padraig and I have both done our bit with a certain blogger - will that qualify us for fudge?
kitmizkit on November 20th, 2008 11:58 am (UTC)
Oh, probably. :)