Hey Author, let’s make a deal (condensed version)

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…

Yeah…I understand.

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:

Your tasks:
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

My tasks:
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.

. . . .

Um, excuse me, before you go. . .

I know, I know. . .

But before you go, I’d like to say something real quick about my short story LEAVE…and this applies to all my stories, including my book The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor, with a navy setting.

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.



8 Replies to “Hey Author, let’s make a deal (condensed version)”

  1. Sorry to be the fly in the ointment, Kurt, but for me it’s one thing to have a contest for what work of fiction you will review, as recently occurred, quite another to have a review contest followed by a quid pro quo review for the perceived winner. Besides all the other questionable aspects to this undertaking, it need hardly be said that a great reviewer will not automatically be a great writer of fiction. In any event, I did purchase a copy of Leave and have posted my review of it with Amazon. No need to return the favour. It was done more out of respect than anything else. By the way, I’m happy to be wrong in all of this.

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    1. Roger that my friend There is no wrong when an opinion is involved. I’m sorry it struck you in such a negative manner. I will say, though, that just about anything new I venture here is a risk and I never know how it will be received. But I will always try different things. Thanks for being the fly in my ointment. I need the feedback. And I do wonder about “all the other questionable aspects to my undertaking,” as well.


      1. The “questionable aspects” are matters of perception. It’s one thing to expect a judge to be fair and objective when judging among submissions not related to him/her, and another when the submissions relate to a person’s own interests. That would be the major issue to my mind. I’m not sure how I would handle a series of divergent views directed to a work of mine, and if any one objected to my choice, I think they would have a very strong case. Besides this, I have no problem with the overall aim to support independent authors and this I am sure is the motivation here without question. Now, if there were a clearly independent person (and that would exclude your mother-in-law) … In any event I am fully appreciative if only on my own account of the difficulties we self-published types face and of the options we consider in order to advance matters. Best regards.

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        1. Understood. Fair points. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if any submit a review in response to the challenge. Good chance there won’t be any and it could be for the exact reasons that trouble you.

          I forgot to thank you for taking the time to read and review Leave. It really means a lot to me that you did that, Paul. Thanks friend.


  2. Hey, I’d love to take you up on this deal Kurt for my first book that’s up on Amazon now :D it even has a number one ranking at the time of posting this in the “authorship” category! (Details here: smnelson.org) I would also love to trade marketing tips with you. Signing up for your newsletter now and hope that we’ll be in touch soon!

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