Tuesday September 29, 2015 1:04 am
A Facebook post from Chee Wei Yen, writer and co-owner of SGWBooks:
We suffered a setback this summer. Phair (aka Marguerite Mullaney) and I decided to hire a publicist for the launch of Eternal Blue Sky, Mullaney’s upcoming time travel/scifi novel. It cost us a few thousand dollars, but publicist came recommended. After the contract was inked, we settled down to meet her laundry list of requirements. She wanted 20 Advanced Reader Copies (ARC) of the paperback, but didn't bother to check our original proof. The first batch of books I paid for had to be dumped because an ARC detail was missing. We should have held that against her, but we didn’t. We were stupid. In the end, after 2 months we discovered she failed to get any traction on the book. She had no reviews lined up at all even after handing out 40 free paperbacks. What she said was that book reviewers were uninterested in scifi stories with strong female characters.
Why am I telling you this?
Because falling on our faces, forced me to reevaluate the reasons why I write. I write because I have stories I need to share with you. A story that is not told is not a story and a writer whose stories are not read is not a writer.
I am not asking you to buy a book, I am asking you to read a book.
Time is not infinite. We each only have a limited span allotted, and then it’s gone. Read a book, make a writer’s dream come true.
So, how do you read a book without buying it? One way is Amazon Prime. If you’re a member, you can now borrow SGWBooks entire catalogue.
It is also possible to lend a Kindle book to another reader for up to 14 days? The borrower does not need to own a Fire or Kindle device and can read the book after downloading a free Kindle reading app.
If you know somebody who bought our books, you could borrow from them. Or, you could borrow from us. For a limited time only, we will lend on a first come, first serve basis, copies of our titles to rabid readers.
If you know somebody who would like our books and they are not on our mailing list, please reply with their email addie so we can reach out to them.
An addendum from Phair (aka Marguerite Mullaney):
I won’t kid you, having Eternal Blue Sky (EBS) fail to take off this summer was like a body blow. It’s worse than people rejecting the book on content. EBS got shafted because the main character is a woman who does not need to be saved. She actually does the saving. The Hugo’s this summer crystalized these issues within the Scifi community. As much progress as has been made for equality in the real world, there are still forces within the scifi community who want to slam the door on nontraditional heroes. We still have a long way to go before characters are judged by their actions and not their gender, sexuality, or their writer’s gender, sexuality.
If you think you want to give EBS a chance, I have a limited number of advance ebook copies which would be available for reviewers. Please contact me regarding any interest you have in this opportunity.
If you think you’d like to dive in and purchase an ebook for EBS, follow this link
On behalf of both Wei Yen and myself, thank you for all you do to support our writing. We are grateful to each and every one of you,
Marguerite (aka Phair)
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