M. Heitkemper

M. Heitkemper

Sunday, October 23, 2011

My First Book Signing!

I will be at Bookends & More in Radcliff, KY on October 29th from 3PM till 5PM signing copies of my book, "Becoming Mortal gods."  This will be my very first book signing event, and I'm super thrilled about it!  I'm also a bit nervous.  I'm afraid I'm going to be lonely out there, so if anyone lives nearby, please come by and say hi!  Any thoughts or tips about preparing for these types of things is very much appreciated.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Kickstarter For Enter The Hero!

So my graphic novel project, Enter The Hero, has kicked into high gear in the past week or so.  The Co-Creator of the book, Simon Butler is now dedicating all of his work time to completing the interior of the book.  In order to accomplish this appropriately, we need to raise some money.  We’ve started a Kickstarter page.  For those who are not familiar with Kickstarter, basically creators pitch their projects and ask for any donations available from the public.  In return for “backing” the project, the “backers” are rewarded with things like books, t-shirts, and downloads.  All very cool! 
If you have the chance, check it out.  I know, we are looking to raise a LOT of money, but with your help it can be done!  And don’t worry, if you can’t afford to back the project, that’s fine.  But I kindly ask that you at least consider spreading the word about our project.  Thank so much!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Bad Review; What do I do now?

It's amazing how much a bad review can really kill your momentum.  My book, Becoming Mortal gods, was making descent sales on Smashwords.com until one guy wrote me a less than favorable review.  The sales literally stopped over night.  Of course seeing a poor review of my work is saddening, but I pulled through.  i was sure that there would be someone who didn't like my work going into it.  The worst part is that what the reviewer actually wrote wasn't so bad, but he only gave the book a single star.  Now, any potential reader browsing titles will immediately see that single star posted right next to the book cover possibly driving away potential buyers without a second glance.

Let me be clear; I don't blame the reviewer in the least.  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of my work.  That's fine.  But how do I come back from this down turn in sales?  I don't want to be one of those writers who writes their own reviews, or pays for them.  I've tried giving away copies in turn for a review, but so far I'm only giving away copies with no results.  Any ideas?  And how do you cope with the bad reviews?