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    They're also stars on instagram. Books, blogging? Nah, show us your cats!
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    :lol: Feel free to find me! Vikki Patis. Every day can be made happy by pictures of Nala sleeping on top of the fridge and Kiara curled up on the doormat.
  3. Mind if I piggyback off this and post your interview? https://dracarya.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/ask-the-author-zoe-sumra/
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    My cats resent this comment. My SO's mum has two dogs, little cavaliers. Cookie is ridiculously fluffy, and has the best smile in the world. His mum also looks after animals, and she has this gorgeous little Chihuahua called Sammy. His fur is grey and fuzzy, like a wolf, and he sits like a penguin on your lap. He's adorable. I've grown to love dogs over the past few years, but I'm still definitely more of a cat person. I love how independent cats are, though mine are also incredibly loving. Kiara will not let a day go by without having a cuddle, and Nala loves to nap with me (Facebook friends will know this).
  5. Kinda self-promotion, but I've organised a Cornish Reading Challenge. There's more on my blog, here. Be great for you guys to get involved! :)
  6. If any British authors (or those willing to travel) are free on 7th March, there's a literary festival in Tamworth that's looking for authors. No payment can be offered, but there is the possibility for funds to be found for travel (to an extent) and accommodation.
  7. I'll certainly check those out, thanks Myrddin. We're in the middle of a few things at the moment, but definitely focusing on agents at this time. I've sent a few friendly emails to publishers I know through my interviews, just to test the "who you know" theory. Worth a shot I guess. But yes, contacting publishers directly will wait. The author did manage to get a publishing deal before on her own, but she settled for a poor deal because she was new to it, and without representation. It's all a learning curve, I guess. We're also talking about extending our services to authors and making a business of it. With the interviews, experience in marketing, PR work, social media management and lists of contacts between us, I'd go so far as to say we have a decent shot at making it work. To the authors (published or aspiring) here, what do you think is a reasonable amount to pay for promotional work and marketing on your behalf? There are some companies that charge an extortionate amount for not very much work.
  8. We'll more than likely be going down the traditional route, unless it goes tits up. I know the drawbacks of self-publishing all to well, though there will be promoting going on regardless. We've applied to multiple agents, just playing the waiting game at the moment. Ideally, we'll find a great agent, who will find us a great publisher, and do all the legwork while the royalties roll in. But that rarely happens. I'd settle for a decent publisher who actually knows what they're doing this time. Thanks, I've never heard of Prometheus before, I'll check them out.
  9. An author I'm working with is in need of an agent and a new publisher. We're working hard together, sending out query letters to agents, but if anyone has any advice on the subject I'd greatly appreciate it.
  10. When looking for reviewers one day, I simply Googled "top book reviewers". People make lists of everything. There are also some big sites for fantasy in particular - Fantasy Faction to name one, and a couple of people review books on here I believe.
  11. I know this thread has momentarily died, but here's my interview with TrackerNeil. Buy his books, you ruffians!
  12. Haven't updated my list in a while. Insomnia has me in its grip, so here goes. Books by GRRM: 1-4 paperback (2003 editions) - 3 signed ADwD hardcover UK first edition ASoS first edition (BCA) without dust jacket :( ASoS slipcase edition (Harper Voyager) AGoT slipcase edition (Bantam) Dangerous Women The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister Dreamsongs 1 & 2 Fevre Dream Armaggedon Rag Wildcards 1 (signed), Lowball Hunter's Run Tuf Voyaging The Lands of Ice and Fire The Ice Dragon HBO's Inside Game of Thrones Rogues - to come at Christmas The World of Ice and Fire - to come at Christmas DVDs: Season 1 special edition with dragon egg T-shirts: HBO distressed Targaryen and Lannister shirts Unofficial Lannister, The Night's Watch and The Hound shirts, Greyjoy hoodie, all from RedBubble Misc: Faceless Man coin Bookmarks Stark and Targaryen sigil posters "The North Remembers" Stark poster Calendar POP figures: Arya Jaime The Hound Daenerys Tyrion Tyrion special edition
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    Oh, FB, how many times have we told you that Internet Explorer is a bad, bad idea? Chrome works for me. Am I the only one getting error 503 when I try to send a PM?
  14. It's definitely a "who you know" thing. Having contacts in the publishing world and within the press, and knowing book reviewers and other authors, can be a fantastic way of opening doors. Since doing this PR work, I've noticed that, while having a publisher can be a great thing, it certainly isn't always. Some publishers (no names, no pack-drill) are utterly useless, and do sod all to promote their books or authors. So establishing your own contacts can be the way to go. I was invited to the PPC (Publisher's Publicity Circle) Christmas party tonight, simply because I interviewed Patrick Rothfuss in August, and am now acquainted with the publicity manager at Gollancz. (Unfortunately I couldn't make it to the party, but you win some, you lose some.) Anyway, sometimes it's a case of putting yourself out there. I'm by no means successful, in that I'm still bloody unpaid for everything, but I've found that through talking to one person, you can meet another and another that can drastically change things. Lovereading.co.uk is a fantastic website, I have to say. Prior to publication, they send out a copy of a book to their panel of reviewers, of which I'm a member. I already have it set up so Julia's second book is on the list, as she missed out with the first. I'm not sure if they take self-published books - I'll have to check. If they do, they're a fantastic first step.
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