This is a story about Ménage, my print collection available now on Amazon.com; I mean how much more could I possible say about Earthly Concerns? It’s funny, in a recent interview with a folk musician, we discussed how difficult it is to promote your own work, and really, it is difficult. At least for me it is. I am always thinking like a publicist. It is what I went to school for, it is what I aimed to do when I moved to
. Los Angeles
Having been a fashion publicist for some time, I learned how to navigate the press and touchy clients while still trying my best to get them the exposure they wanted. This was all before Facebook and Twitter; wow, now I really feel old. This was back when you actually made phone calls and had 20 seconds or less to impress an editor at Vogue or Rolling Stone. Speaking of Rolling Stone, I have a particularly fond memory of putting an editor on hold and then puking into the trashcan under me desk because I’d forgotten to eat breakfast that morning and took too many vitamins. But without missing a beat, I got back on the line and continued my pitch, much to the awed publicists whom I shared an office with.
Being a publicist for oneself is actually harder than it sounds. I mean, look, I’ve already written way too much without mentioning my print collection Ménage, wasn’t that what this post was going to be about? You are your own worst and best client. You are passionate about what you are working on, you care more then anyone else about what you are doing, believe me when I say this, even if your husband, wife, cat dog or pony says, believe me, you care the most about your latest shot story submission.
Remember you are you own boss and in charge of what and how people are going to see and perceive your work. Don’t rely on anyone else, any publishing company or paid book tour manager to do all the work. You have to get your voice out there however you can. I’m always asked for my opinions on publicity and all I can base any advices on is my own experience which has been 90% cultivated by my own inquiries, emails and follow-ups. Be a control freak with your publicity, it’s worth it, oh and be a whore. There are few things on this earth I am a whore for, my writing is one of them, writing and blueberry muffins, and…well maybe more than a few, but I whore most vigorously for my writing because it is a domineering and insistent pimp. I would sell my books from my trunk if need be, actually, I just paid off my car, and the trunk is just begging to be abused, hmmm…
Anyway, have you snagged a copy of my latest collection Ménage? No? Why not? It has new covers, new recipes, and a new foreword and hasn’t lost a single drip drop of man lovin’ now that’s what I call a bargain! In case you have no idea what I’m talking about the collection contains three of my novellas; Dutch’s Boy, The Birches and The Incident; a few of these have actually been lovingly and most kindly reviewed on this blog! Thanks to Close Encounters with the Night Kind for having me as a guest and having my back. In case you don’t know, this is a great blog to get to know. Trust me, this like my 10000th time here, and I don’t make return appearances to just any blog. J
Menage is on Amazon and if you like it spooky and paranormal-ly then eat up my novella Earthly Concerns.
So let's take a peek at the book itself:
Menage is a collection of three gay erotic romances from up and coming author Xavier Axelson.
“Xavier Axelson delivers not only a very enjoyable romance, but a story, that to me, has a deeper meaning: that taking chances to live a dream can bring the biggest rewards of all…”
— Dark Divas
“This story is not for the faint of heart. It’s raw and dirty, yet absolutely beautiful.”
— MM Good Book Reviews
“I love a great character study and The Birches delivers!”
“Xavier Axelson has the gift of breathing life into dark and broken characters and healing them through love, time and belief.”
— Tom Webb (A Bear on Books)
Amazon buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Menage-Xavier-Axelson/dp/0984021558/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1334881482&sr=8-8
TLA buy Link: http://www.tlavideo.com/gay-menage/p-336315-2
So to celebrate the release of this book, Xavier is offering up one of the stories inside, winners pick!! Just fill out the rafflecopter! Good Luck!!
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