Sometimes the mojo magic gets to workin’ in me and gets me going on a post and before I know it that post is a mile long…
Such is the painfully apparent case with the original “Hey Author, let’s make a deal” post.
Yeah…I went to read over it again this morning, before my coffee had a chance to bake in…not good.
That sucker’s so long it makes the Great Wall of China look like the Just Above Average Wall of China…
It’s so long it looks like I’m getting nothing but sympathy “Likes” on it. You know those kind of “Likes”…if I “Like” it, maybe it will then just go away…
But what I’m trying to do with the post is important to me so I’m compelled to shorten things up a bit so you can actually finish reading something of mine in at least one sitting.
So, to reiterate what I reiterated way too many times in the original post but what you probably managed not to read anyway, here are the key points of what is so important to me and what I would like us both to do:
1. Like this or/and the original post
2. Follow this website
3. Subscribe to my newsletter (this is key…I know, everyone hates to do this but please do)
4. Purchase my short story LEAVE
5. Write a smokin’ hot review for it
1. Finish reading and reviewing HANDS OF EVIL
2. Pick the best smokin’ hot review of LEAVE
3. Ensure author of smokin’ hot review meets all eligibility requirements
4. Purchase a book or story of author of chosen smokin’ hot review
5. Read the author’s book
6. Review the author’s book
7. Publish the review of author’s book here
8. Publish the review of author’s book at Amazon
9. Publish the review of author’s book at Goodreads
10. Publish my review of author’s book, the author’s review of my short story, and an accompanying author profile, in my newsletter (<–click to subscribe).
(Since newsletters are probably the best way to engage with your readers, I strongly encourage all of you to fire one up, as well. If you do, let me know. I’d be happy to subscribe. (: )
That’s the crux of it…short and to the point.
Just like the original.
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Um, excuse me, before you go. . .
I know, I know. . .
I am always receiving feedback from readers of my so-called “navy stories” that initially the readers were hesitant to read them because, let’s face it, who really cares about what’s going on in the navy. Aren’t they the kind of stories that only a certain kind of people, sailor people perhaps, would only want to read?
My answer to that is, sure these are stories with a navy setting, but they aren’t necessarily about just navy things.
Because all this is so fundamental to who I am, I have been planning to discuss all this much more in depth later, but in my About page I mention that I consider myself a Human Relations kind of guy. I believe I am qualified to say that because I spent a good chunk of my life studying humans…
I spent three months at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute for some hardcore Diversity and EO training.
I was then certified as a Navy Equal Opportunity Advisor, where I worked daily managing EO issues and providing EO and Diversity training all throughout the navy’s Western Pacific operating area.
And, I have a masters degree in Human Relations (go figure).
So my “navy stories” are mostly about what most stories are about — humans and how we relate with each other. Which is often, not so well.
And these stories specifically put a special emphasis on those difficult relationships…relationships dealing with sexual orientation and race and gender issues and our perceptions and stereotypes of them and the harassment and harm we sometimes inflict on each over them.
So yeah, these stories, most of which you can read online for free right here, are navy stories in the sense that that is where they are set. . .
But it was my intent and my hope that they be stories that transcend way beyond just the navy and right into the heart of all of us.