Wednesday was a busy day. I got no writing done, but it still felt productive, mostly because I spent the day as if I was wearing this T-shirt. Everyone Pay Attention to Me!
You see, it was the official publication day for Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet, my new book, an anthology of 20 stories by 20 different writers set in 20 countries. I think it’s a terrific book, so my goal is to get it in front of as many people as possible. Yesterday was a big part of that. Here’s some of what occupied my time:
- responding to questions directed to me in a Goodreads discussion focused on the short story
- spreading the word (and the podcast) about a radio interview I did with Rudy Maxa’s World, a well-known travel program
- spreading the word about an interview with me that appeared today on a blog
- letting people know about two guest blog posts that I did last week
- sending out a newsletter (via Mailchimp) to remind my subscribers that today would be an excellent day to order the book
- corresponding about a meeting with a publisher
- responding to an invitation to moderate a panel
- talking to a non-profit about joining a committee (see, it wasn’t all related to the book)
- informing the contributors to the anthology what was going on, this being publication day
- planning for the launch party scheduled for this Friday, at which 4 of my contributors will read
- exploring other venues for readings
As I said, it was a busy day. Who knows if this effort will pay off, but I’ve seen other anthologies disappear without a trace because the editors did little or nothing to promote them. I owe it to the contributors, and to myself, to try to do better.