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Tragedy by Sydney M. Cooper

Tragedy

by Sydney M. Cooper

Giveaway ends December 31, 2013.

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Yep – just wanted to let all of you know that I am giving away two signed copies of Tragedy between now and 12/31. Hopefully this well help with the publicity, and maybe even earn a review or two! Most of all, I hope whoever gets it enjoys it. 🙂

Good luck, blog people!

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Because Everything is Word of Mouth

Hey there folks. So here are just a few updates – this week I’m going to be proofing the physical copy of Tragedy with the hope of being able to approve it for distribution before the end of the month. YAY. I’m about 10,000 words into Book 2 (again!) and loving where the story is going. It’s hot stuff. I’m not going at NaNoWriMo speeds, but I’m getting there (and by the way, to those of you who are NaNo’ing it up, you have my utmost respect).

Tragedy has gotten a pretty reasonable number of downloads/buys so far. I’m not getting rich over here, but the story is getting out! The point of getting the word out at this stage of the game isn’t about the money, though, and that’s what I would like to briefly discuss today. As the title of this post would indicate, everything about promoting your work as an artist seems to come down to word of mouth. Advertising, free promotions, being seen… all of that is done in the hope that the person who sees your work will take a minute to enjoy it and then tell someone else about it. As an indie author, reviews are a huge part of that. I know that when I’m clicking through books to read on Amazon one of the first things I look at are the reviews – I probably miss some great books by sorting them this way, but with so many books out on the net you have to use some kind of criteria.

This is not just a plug for my own reviews, though (of course I’d love ’em if you want to give ’em). I recently had the pleasure of exchanging emails with a lovely woman named Felicia who is in the book blogging/reviewing/author-interviewing business. She has her own blog where she runs her opinion pieces, but also recently started a blog called ‘Connect and Post.’ The idea is that authors, readers, and bloggers can come together on this page to exchange reviews, interviews, and guest posts. I think it is a fabulous idea and I am very happy to be one of the first authors to appear on the page.

Additionally, Tragedy now has a listing on Goodkindles, a website which features mostly indie authors and helps get the word out about new releases. I can’t say how effective it is, but it’s another avenue to get your stuff out there if that is your goal (as it is mine).

If I find any other especially effective resources for discovering new authors and getting the word out about new releases, I will be sure to let you know. Similarly, if you as a reader or author have found a great way to connect indie authors with readers, please let me know!

I think that’s about it from me. It’s been a while since I had anything deeply philosophical to post – I’ll see what I can do about bringing in some more profound material for next time. 😉 Have an excellent week out there!

An author, or something like one

“Author” is a title I always associated with something very official. An author, well, they publish. Once I would have said that they necessarily have published through a traditional publishing house, but I can’t say that anymore – I view Lindsay Buroker and other authors like her as “official” authors. They create work that someone reads… you know, someone other than their friends and family. They’re professionals.

I can say that indeed, someone other than friends and family has read and liked my work. Am I a professional? I don’t know, to be honest. I am a professional in the medical field, but in writing… I guess if professional is someone who stays up to all hours in her nightclothes writing on her laptop from an unhealthy posture, then sure. I could be persuaded to be a professional. And finally, yes, I’ve published. As of July 25th, 2014 I am a published… author?

Am I an author now?

According to Webster, I might be.

Definition of AUTHOR

a : one that originates or creates : source <software authors> <film authors> <the author of this crime>b capitalized : god 1

: the writer of a literary work (as a book)
I don’t know how I feel about branding myself an “author,” alongside all the artists whose work I have read and respected over the years. I’m not sure I’m ready to take on that mystical shroud that I’ve wanted to wear since I was 10 years old. I would, however, like to invite you to check out my short story… my first published work of fiction.
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“Garren has spent many years building his home in the Kaldari border town of Plen. A satisfied husband and father, he is known as one of the best scouts in all the provinces despite his identity as a half-Kaldari bastard. Although he tries to ignore the war brewing between the Kaldari and the Children of Elseth in the north, one man’s mistake brings that war to his doorstep and changes his life forever.

This short story told from Garren’s point of view is a prequel to Sydney M. Cooper’s upcoming novel, “Tragedy.” Look for “Tragedy” on Amazon Kindle later this summer.”

If you are indeed out there, theoretical reader, let me know what you think. 🙂