This year's HNS Conference was held in Chicago and as I live in London, I wasn't able to go. Fellow author Dawna Rand did, however and I have shamelessly nicked this from her blog today.
C. W. Gortner, who happened to be one of the speakers had this to say.
* It took him 13 years to get published; but when he did, his book sold at auction
* He immediately went to New York to meet his editors and marketing people
* He spent half of his advance on marketing.
* There is value in virtual blog tours – but before going to a blog, check and make sure it has comments because comments mean traffic
* Marketing for the hardcover pays off in the paperback sales
* Use Google Alerts to see where you pop up in blogs.
Interesting stuff -especially about the 13years to get published - [but aren't I depressed enough as it is?] I mention him specifically, because this week I finished reading his book, 'The Last Queen'. Now that I write historical fiction, I tend to read the genre to see how other writers use terminology and portray events etc. - which has totally screwed my enjoyment as a reader, but you can't have everything.
So he’s getting two Google alerts on this - mine and Dawna's - and a little reminder that I'm the one who read it on my Sony E-Reader under the covers with the reader light on! He'll know what I mean!
I have to say -this book enthralled me. I knew about 'Mad Queen Juanna' of course, but MrGortner gave me a totally different perspective of her story. What a tragic, ill-used and sad character she was. A true victim of other's ambitions and betrayed by those who were suppposed to care about her. I was horrified, angry and moved by her plight all at the same time.
Great work Mr Gortner, this book is what I aspire to.
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