Monday Thoughts.

Clearly my mind is truly functioning like it’s a Monday, hence the clever, inspired title.

Contrary to my greatest hopes, I have not acquired super powers from two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and to make matters worse, my mortality has become impossible to ignore. You see, my friends, we purchased a a sizeable tree for our front yard last Thursday (don’t ask me what variety, I’m a nerd, not a horticulturist, Jim!) and while lifting it from the garden center to its home at Hook HQ didn’t seem to bother me at the time… it certainly caught up with me the next day.

Now I’m moving around like an old man with more days behind him than ahead, I had to miss two days of work (it felt extremely bizarre to call into work after being off for most of the last 16 months), and my lovely bride has been left with the lion’s share of the duties necessary to keep our little household humming. So I’m going to keep this short and somewhat sweet, okay?

I’ll be a guest on Lisa Haselton’s corner of the web tomorrow. Not only is she a versatile author in her own right, Lisa also interviews scribes like myself and reviews their work. And she has impeccable questionable taste, obviously.

And on Thursday I’ll be making a rare “live-action” appearance on Boomers On Books, a ridiculously-cool YouTube channel that spotlights emerging and established authors. Vince Stevenson and Mark Schultz run this channel and they’ve decided to honor me by opening their cyber-home for an hour of mirth, merriment and maybe even an intelligent sentence or two from yours truly.

Hey, you never know, it could happen…

These opportunities couldn’t come at a better time; my self-confidence has hit an all-time low. I truly believe that Into The Dark has what it takes to be a huge hit – but I’m up against so many overwhelming obstacles.

  • I have too much to learn about self-promotion to be successful at the moment.
  • I’m the first to admit my first work of fiction needs some fine-tuning. (I had to pay a company to format my book and so there was no money left to pay an editor. That’s not an excuse, it’s an explanation.) But I don’t have Adobe software and so editing a PDF is a challenge, to say the least.
  • There are a lot of gifted, more experienced indie and commercial writers out there, so competition has been cutthroat – and I’m losing badly.
  • Sites like Superhero-Fiction have refused to promote my work, stating the cover doesn’t meet their standards. Take a good look around their site and tell me if you agree. Being shunned by a site that specializes in my genre really hurts.
  • This platform itself has turned against me. I don’t have the cash to upgrade to WordPress Premium, so I’m stuck with the free option, which no longer includes video importing and does include “free upgrades” which suck rocks.

But enough whining! Check out Lisa’s blog tomorrow and watch me on Boomers On Books on Thursday and then feel free to get on with your lives. Now check out this cool mockup the amazing Candy Cow whipped up for me, one of many, in fact.

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And yes, this guy looks like he’s your little brother’s weed dealer, but he gets it; not only is he wearing a Blue Atom t-shirt (he’s going to be one of the breakout stars of Into The Grey, trust me) but he’s chosen Into The Dark as his preferred choice of superhero fiction/escapism.

You can see what all the fuss is about by purchasing your copy of Into The Dark here.

Have a great day, my friends. Stay safe, stay real, and stay cool.

See you in the lobby and virtual books aisles, kids…

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About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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14 Responses to Monday Thoughts.

  1. Boomers on Books. Cool! Mirth and Merriment along with Haselton’s rep and good taste on her blog? Who needs WP premium? ( might not do any good anyway…all about the fickle public and something cool appearing in front of them.)
    Wake up readers – and listeners!
    Hook’s grabbed center stage. (Hopefully easier and more light hearted than tree moving…hang in there)

  2. think you are doing well in the self promotion area. Remember when I said results take time. There are no overnight successes for those who don’t have a hundred grand to blow. Keep the faith

  3. Also, you should have a link to your book on your site. If it is there, I can’t find it.

  4. Oh, my! Robert, I hope your back is back in order asap.
    That being said, what do you mean the cover isn’t up to their standards? Talk about literally judging a book by its cover! So much for “content is key”. I’m thinking the site is not what they are claiming to be.
    Wordpress continues to be my nemesis. Mine and a lot of other people I talk to, including ones that have premium accounts. I have yet to hear one person profess to liking the changes that have been made. Who ever is responsible for doing what has been done with this platform screwed up royally as far as I am concerned.
    Feel better Buddy.

  5. adamjasonp says:

    Ah, an interview on YouTube tomorrow! I gotta schedule to see that. 🙂

    No matter how hard things seem, keep moving forward, Robert!

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