Geppetto Comes to Life
Geppetto Falls Off the Wagon has gone up for purchase, and I didn't even notice. April was a hard and hectic month with lots of reviewing, job applications, editorial work and, worst, the suicide of a dear friend. So somehow Geppetto's launch passed me by. Belatedly, I've notified everyone I know by email, Facebook and Twitter (sending out the emails and not clicking on the address for my late friend was awful) but so far, while a few people have congratulated me, there's been a distinct lack of shows of interest in buying the thing. A couple of people reposted my notice, which has me wondering about the social dos and donts of publicizing your own work. Would I look desperate if I posted a reminder on my Facebook page every day? Or would it look like I was bragging about a publication overmuch? Would people tell me to shut up about it?
Also wandering through my head - how do we know if anyone buys our stories, and would we want to? Perhaps the author page could include a counter of sales. But if it did, imagine the horror and sadness of logging in to check it (which I would do compulsively every few minutes) and seeing no change. Though - how could anyone resist that amazing cover art?
Anyway, while I was here I purchased copies of a bunch of other stories, ones I expect will also appear in the Forbidden Fairy Tales volume. I haven't gotten to read them yet but I'm looking forward to it.