POST by attacking Stephen King. Now it's obvious that the author is trying to stir things up, hoping that the media will run with his comments in which he offers to congratulate Stephen King for being one of the few bestselling writers to advocate eBook piracy. How did King do this? Well he didn't really but Konrath decided that a statement that King's new novel for Hardcase Crime will be available in paperback only, was an open invitation to piracy. This sort of approach may not work for everyone, and the more faint hearted will balk at the idea of attacking publishers, booksellers and other authors for being too dumb to understand just what is happening with this new digital medium. But it sure works for Joe.
John Locke on the other hand is much more gentle but none less effective
in his marketing - more so really seeing as how Locke was the first
self published author to sell a million eBooks with Amazon. Locke does
however make a big deal of using social media and he is very active on
Facebook and Twitter - not so much with his blog though which doesn't
seem to have been updated for weeks. Locke's eBook, How I sold 1 million eBooks in 5 Months
is well worth reading as he details the way he used social media to
shift so many books. Locke is a great believer in building up a mailing
list of fans. He seems to have created a system for marketing his books
that works so well it’s infuriating. He cracked the code. His success is
pre-meditated. "My success came from the friends and authors I met on Twitter and
through blogging, emailing, and selling books one person at a time." John Locke
Two very different authors and two very different approaches, but they
both have something in common and that is that they both produce
extremely readable books. And that is the single most important factor
for success so whatever method one uses to get their work noticed, they
have to produce good work in the first place.
The Rhondda Ripper by copying the methods of the two big guys, and what's more I'm going to do it here and now:
Firstly in Joe Konrath mode - Buy my book The Rhondda Ripper by Gary M. Dobbs and
prove all those scummy, gatekeeping, tosspot publishers who didn't
publish it wrong. I am the digital guru and you need to follow my
example but first buy my book.
And now in John Locke mode - Please buy my book The Rhondda Ripper by Gary M. Dobbs.
Go on pretty please all my Twitter and Facebook friends whom I know
intimately, each and every one of you. I'll have you all around for tea
and biscuits next weekend but for now buy my book, please friends.
Or then again maybe I'll just tell you that I think I've written a bloody good book and leave you with some of the reviews.
Gary Dobbs partners up Parade and Buffalo Bill making for an enjoyable
detecting duo. He does a fine job of bringing the famous Wild West
showman to life and his descriptions of Pontypridd, the era, and people
sparkle. I'm hoping Mr. Dobbs doesn't leave Frank Parade on the
sidelines too long because I'm betting there are more adventures in him.
Or, maybe Bill Cody -- there's an idea worth exploring -- Buffalo Bill
as a world-traveling crime-solver. The Education of a Pulp Writer
Dobbs (AKA Jack Martin) continues his string of fast paced books with
"A Policeman's Lot." Not a western per se, as are his Jack Martin books,
"Policeman's Lot" still has some of that western sensibility and it
even features Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West show on a visit to
England, Wales in particular.
The story takes place a number of
years after the Whitechapel murders but ties back to those murders in a
most interesting way. I won't give more away because the twist at the
end is original and took me well by surprise. Yet, it made perfect sense
within the storyline of the book. Mack Captures Crime
One word: Wow. This is a good book.
story begins slowly, a man's morning routine as he gets ready for duty
and faces the possibility of a busy day, but he has no idea how "busy"
it's going to get! Throw in Buffalo Bill, a Wild West show, murders that
may or may not be connected to Jack The Ripper, and you have a really
hot read. I don't want to say too much for fear of giving something
away, but it's a well-written yarn and you will get hooked right away.
It's also, for me, a nice change of pace from the modern urban
hard-boiled junk I've been digesting lately. Brian Drake