Okay so Joanne was nice enough to point out that I am barely off of light duty for my shoulder and have not yet had surgery on it. Maybe I'll just play as an alternate. That could be workable.
In other news, I sent off my first Query letter today, well Query email. I sent it on my Veteran of the Silent War book. I really hope I didn't sound too vain or ramble too much. With these things one can never be sure. Agents are extremely busy people and you have almost no time to catch their attention. I know that Veteran is a great book. It's not on the best sellers chart yet but I know that it could be if I could only figure out how to market it correctly.
I need to know things like, does it really help if people 'like' your webpage? Facebook is a massive phenomenon, even bigger than Myspace and if used right it could help a lot. I just dont seem to get a great deal of push with facebook.
But facebook was designed to stalk people, the designers admitted that years ago. So why is it that people are surprised or angry when their personal information is compromised? The original programing is still there they just build on top of it. It's like being angry at Microsoft for glitches with Windows 7, why are you surprised? They built Windows 7 off of the Vista platform. This is like building a building off of the same foundation of the last without making changes and wondering why the new building leans towards the south just like the last one.
The same thing can be said for good stories. If an author always uses the same foudation for their stories then the stories will not change much regardless of the elements. Any artist can tell you the same thing. Song writers for instance, most song writers have a signature style. Neil Sedaka was like that. One could spot a song written by Neil in the first couple of notes. He had a distinct style but even so he did not build every song on the same combination of notes. This led to great diversity and of course in his case great success.
Authors can show great success in the same manner as Mr. Sedaka. Other Authors like Anne McCaffree who wrote the Dragon riders of Pern series (among many others) is a great example of using the same foundation and changing the stories by using very different characters and elements. She use the same foundation to write her Dragon series, but her foundation was not cracked or broken. Her foundation was strong and flexible at the same time. Unlike Vista or Facebook the world of Pern had no basic design flaws and was easily able to support multiple stories written on its back.
So what am I trying to say? I have been slowly merging my stories in the same manner that Ms. McCaffree did her stories. Her Dragon rider series was in the same universe as her Singing Ship series and her Crystal Line series and perhaps others that I have not recognized yet. I am doing the same thing (at least I'm trying too). For example in my new book (one that I've just started I'm calling it Amy Goes Home for now), is linked to the World Gambit book. Amy the hero of Forever, Love is on her way home and encounters the Winiks who many centuries later would visit Earth in the World Gambit.
I am attempting to follow Ms. McCaffree's example and build a strong foundation for my books so that when I expand them they will work. I have also thought of linking The Poseidon's Daughter to the World Gambit books, thereby having only one future for Earth instead of creating two future Earths. It has always been my desire to try this so I am. Ms. McCaffree's ability to weave such intricate stories and still link them together into one massive universe where thousands of things are happening has always intrigued me. The key I believe is the strong foudations that she built for each of her series' of books. The worlds that she built were complete and alive and yet if she needed to add something it was a matter of only a few masterful strokes and the world easily conformed to her will. Now if only Microsoft could master that concept...
Okay, so I'm off now to start the ball rolling in one of my other activities. I am off to meet with Martha's nephew who commissioned Poem's by Martha. He has been actively seeking bookstores that would sell the work (which for a work of poetry this is not easy) and has found several. We are organizing meet the Author days and autograph sessions. Wish me luck!
Be good to each other.