I get Gollum wanting to be invisible – he’s sneaky and (bless his devious, schizophrenic heart) a bit ugly (in a PRECIOUS way.) Frodo and Bilbo wanting to be invisible made sense – they always seemed to be trying not to be noticed. Whether it’s the Sackville-Bagginses, or the Dark Lord’s minions, giant spiders, or a certain recalcitrant dragon, they had reason to want to be invisible.
I do not understand the Klingons.
I don’t mean their language (yes, I admit I don’t speak Klingon, but that’s not what I’m driving at.) The Klingons are supposed to be a warrior class, always ready for (and longing for) a fight, yet one of their main pieces of military technology is their cloaking device – something that allows them to go unnoticed. It makes sense for the Romulans (no offense intended – you are what you are.) But for the Klingons?
You would think they would WANT to be seen, to even draw attention to themselves. They needed to develop some sort of reverse camouflage, something that would draw everyone’s attention, to say: “HERE WE ARE! COME AND FIGHT US!” I wish they had developed a device to do that – then I could steal the technology for my own use.
No, no, no! I don’t want to draw adversaries to me to do battle. I just want people to read what I write. You see (or maybe you don’t, since I seem to be invisible), I’ve been seriously at this writing bit for some time, and indie publishing for over three years now. I feel I’ve gotten a pretty good handle on the writing part, and think I do a nice job on my publishing. But the sales and marketing? What sales? What marketing? All the research I’ve done to discover those devices have come to naught. I stand on a busy street corner waving my arms and shouting, but people don’t seem to notice me.
(Did anyone hear that? Maybe this thing is set on mute, too.)
If only the Klingons would stop sneaking around and build that secret weapon. What would they call it? Oh yeah – ADVERTISING! Whatever that secret is, I need something a bit more effective than standing here shouting:
“HEY! YOU THERE! BUY MY BOOKS!”
This week, “Choosing the Right Time” is our couponed feature (our alternate timelines are not always the best way to go.) Here’s the smashwords.com link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/314454?ref=NoTimeToThink
Use coupon code EN52Q to save 50% off the list price at check out at smashwords. The coupon will be good through Monday, May 4th. Enjoy!
For those of you who have access to the Kindle Owners Library through various Amazon programs, “Good Luck”, “Look Both Ways” and “Dead End Jobs” are still available for FREE to you – check them out on Amazon.
William Mangieri’s writing can be found in many places, such as:
- His Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008O8CBDY
- Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/william-mangieri?store=book&keyword=william+mangieri
- Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
- Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=william+mangieri&sitesearch_type=STORE
Connect with him (and LIKE his Facebook writing page) at: http://www.facebook.com/NoTimeToThink
Or on his Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893616.William_Mangieri