Random Acts of Publicity 2012

I’m joining in once again on Darcy Pattison’s week of Random Acts of Publicity (And please take note the names of my favorite author-friends on the right bar.)

I realize the purpose of RAP is to promote other writers’ books and increase their sales. I merely want people to be aware of a little known tale.

The book I want to post about this time is about ten years old, although the tale is hundreds of years old. When an elderly librarian handed me a copy of TWO OLD WOMEN by Velma Wallis, and told me I’d like it, I was insulted. What? Did she think I was old or something? No about me; yes to her recommendation. Although it’s not a gripping title, it’s an appropriate one. The story is an Alaskan Athabaskan legend about two women, Sa’ (75) and Ch’idzigyaak (80), who were abandoned one starving winter by their nomad tribe, and the women’s struggle to survive on their own.

I love the story. At each reading, I get more depth from it. Having worked with Native Americans, I also detected a subtle but familiar cultural feel, which I suspect many non-Indian readers might miss.

Did I say TWO OLD WOMEN was a little-known story? It is called a word-of-mouth bestseller, with over 1.5 million copies sold, and translated into 17 languages. Perhaps not so little-known. I give it a thumbs-up good read.

P.S. I wrote this post earlier this week, getting it ready to sub today. Low and behold, if Darcy herself didn’t post today about the importance of WOM — Word of Mouth — for promoting books. It works.

Ebook Experiment

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I’ve taken the ePlunge.

I published three short stories into one book with Smashwords.com: BIKER FOLK TALES, BOOK I ( http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/46366 ), all for the whopping price of 99 cents! It’s also supposed to be on 7 other eReaders. Very cool.

This as an experiment at this stage — huge experiment — since ePublishing is a rather new business, and it’s completely new to me. I figure I’ll be tripping over my eToes for quite a while, learning, learning, learning.  A couple of weeks ago I uploaded the book, but then last night uploaded a revised edition to include the protect-the-author line in the beginning about the stories being works of fiction and the characters not based on real people. Wouldn’t want any biker gangs showing up on our front lawn because I unintentionally dis-ed one of their brothers.

A sample can be read for free. But if any of you actually make it through the ePurchase line… let me know your success story.

New Fairy Tales

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As I lay in bed last night, listening to my husband’s gentle snore, my mind kept swirling around a recent blog I’d read dealing with fairy tales and today’s market. Fascinating thing. Of course, the fact that I wrote my master’s paper researching fairy and folk tales had nothing to do with it. The swirling had to do with a new story idea trying to come out of the fog and into clear thoughts.

I didn’t turn on lights. I felt that by doing that, I might dispel the images and snatches of story I could almost visualize. I slipped out of bed and felt around for my itty-bitty flashlight, found a ton of blank index cards, and started writing bits of characters, plots, scenes, theme. About an hour later I went back to bed.

This morning, from a distance, I recalled my night raid to the blank index cards, but honestly couldn’t remember the fabulous story idea which came to me in my sleep fog. After one look at the word “unicorn” on the top card, and — blink — it was dark around me once more, and I was in my story again.

BTW, John Lennon wrote many of his songs at that dream-state of waking.

Moral of this story? At sleep’s beginning and sleep’s end, be prepared to net those fleeting story ideas.