Monday, February 16, 2015

Time To Toot

My book sales are anemic, at best, but there's been a lot of good things that have happened. At this point in my writing career, I have to celebrate my little victories when I can. Otherwise, this blog would become one big IWSG website.

Writers are an insecure bunch.

I feel a need to toot my own horn.

So here's three things I can celebrate:

1) My author visit to a local middle school went so great, several students want to form a writer's club. How cool is that? They want me to come in whenever I can, after school every other Friday, and help them hone their craft. There's a lot of young talent out there, and I'm excited to help these 14 and 15 year olds find their voices. They have named their club The Write Place, and their first meeting is this Friday.

2) Around the holidays, I had a reader actually modify an action figure in honor of my main character in my steampunk series. Although I don't know much about the craft of action figure modification, I know this reader put a lot of effort into it. It always makes me happy when someone who has read my stuff actually likes it. And to have someone do something like

Action Figure!

3) The book trailer for my third book in The Mechanica Wars series is done. It's titled, Iron Warrior, and I'm really proud of this book. I always tell people that I write these stories to entertain. My writing is an escape. But there's a layer of some deeper, more profound stuff in my writing. And Iron Warrior, beneath it's kick ass steampunk awesomeness, has some depth to it.

Here's the trailer. If you have time, take a quick look-see and tell me what you think. Again, thanks to Enggar Adirasa's artistic superpowers.

How about you? What's something that you need to celebrate? 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Great artwork in the trailer.
And cool - you basically have your own action figure now! That was a really neat thing for your fan to do for you.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

How amazing that those kids want to form a writing club because of your talk! You should totally be proud of that. :)

Pat Hatt said...

haha that is great with the action figure and wonderful artwork in the trailer too. Inspiring kids is no small feat either

Jay Noel said...

Alex: Getting an action figure is one of those milestones, I guess!

Madeline: I know. That's pretty profound.

Patt: Thanks man!

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Those are all great! You inspired kids and an action figure!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

That's so much to be proud of. I want an action figure for my books! And you inspired a writing club! Great trailer too.

Jay Noel said...

Holly: I'm just as excited about the action figure as I am about inspiring kids.

Susan: Have to be proud of somethin'!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Inspiring kids to write is wonderful. Almost as neat as that figure.

Jay Noel said...

Diane: Almost!

Sarah Foster said...

That's some awesome stuff! I wish I had been in a writer's club when I was a teenager. It's so great that you were able to inspire them.

Jay Noel said...

Sarah: I know. Me too. There was nothing like that when I was a kid.

Pat Dilloway said...

That's cool. I modified an action figure for my Scarlet Knight character.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Way to inspire young writers!
And cool trailer!

Jay Noel said...

Pat: It doesn't look easy. I guess he used some kind of epoxy???

Tyrean: Thanks so much. I look forward to working with all this new talent.

Kimberly said...

I love when the young ones are interested in writing - it's so cool that you inspired them!

And holy wow on the action figure - that is very cool.

Your trailer is awesome - I love the name of your next book!

Christine Rains said...

Those are fantastic things to celebrate! And I love that action figure. :) As for sales, I hear the wind blowing in my empty stats graph. Hope you're having a good start to the week!

Robin said...

When someone loves your stuff enough to create an action figure for it... that's love, baby. Suck that up. We get enough of the other stuff on a daily basis. So bask bask bask.

Emily R. King said...

I'd say your author visit went AMAZING! How wonderful for you to have inspired a new generation of writers!

Miranda Hardy said...

This is all great things, Jay. Glad you're tooting your own horn.

Crystal Collier said...

There are seasons, for sure. Every new release is a revitalization of your published works, and sales definitely patience as you build a platform. No one told us this would be a 10 to 20 year success story, eh? ;)

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

We are getting a 3D printer here at work at some point. Once I figure it out, I'll make a 3D figure of your main character. Should be fun to do.

Loni Townsend said...

That is exciting about kids getting excited about writing because of you! And that action figure rocks.

Mark Noce said...

Yup, tooting one's own horn is definitely necessary, even thoguh it can be awkward at times. So long as your intentions are good, people will see that and it'll all be good:)

Carol Kilgore said...

Great trailer and awesome tribute by the action figure fan. And how wonderful about The Write Place, knowing you've made a difference in a young person's life. Kudos!

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

aaw how awesome! Those are such wonderful things to celebrate. I think I'm just celebrating that it's 16 degrees today and not -3 like last week!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

That is one awesome trailer.

I think anemic sales are par for the course. So many writers, so few readers. But getting a fan who loves you enough to modify an action figure? That's pretty freaking cool. And more will come. I have faith.

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