So, I sit here in grudging acknowledgement of the fact that I am no self-promoter. I am also in grudging acknowledgement of the fact that social media has done absolutely nothing to help me promote, since I am not blessed with enough money to saturate the interwebs with ads or friends to pass the word on to others about my books, nor am I clever enough to create a viral campaign that will bring in the hordes of lovers of independently-written futurist novels. My efforts to promote Sarcology, and the rest of my catalog, have gone for naught.
So much for the future supplementary retirement income. Oh, well.
I have exactly one trick left… and it’s already in motion. I’ve had promo cards for Sarcology printed up. On Memorial Day weekend, the first 2000 visitors to Balticon will find them in their swag bags… unarguably it will be the largest single group of people, presumably all science fiction fans as well, who will be introduced to my work.
And so, with nothing else to do, I sit and wait for June, when I will find out if this last-ditch effort will bear some fruit. If it does, I will know how to advertise my books at other conventions and similar venues. If it doesn’t… well, hopefully by then I will have figured out what my new hobby is going to be.