“Local or person-to-person. A typical grassroots effort might include . . .political, educational, artistic, and especially collegiate movements involving the common people.” (Urban Dictionary)
As some of you know, I’m doing a grassroots launch for my fantasy novella RINGS, and I’d love your help. RINGS is the second installment of The Paladin’s Thief, a parody/pastiche series enjoying (and gently mocking) fantasy from the 1980’s. (Think Dragonlance meets Lord of the Rings, with a hint of Terry Pratchett.) Can you help?
Any Kindle download on Thursday, May 28th will make a huge difference in how RINGS is positioned on Amazon. The download will cost $3.99, and if you like epic fantasy and lighthearted irony, you will probably enjoy RINGS. Of course, any download after Thursday will also be appreciated. . .
The first novella in the series (DARTS) will also be available on May 28th as a free promotional.
Enlist people in your network—especially those who like fantasy—to download RINGS on May 28th. If you know someone that runs a blog or book review site, ask if they’d be interested in reviewing RINGS or DARTS. If you feel inclined, tell your Facebook friends or share a link on your twitter feed. Part of the difficulty in self-publishing is connecting with those interested in your work.
As part of my book launch, I’ve been told to write taglines. I’ve done a couple, but I’d love to see what my friends come up with. If you’ve read DARTS, post a tagline for a major or minor character in the comments section of this blog. If you haven’t read DARTS, write a tagline about me, and then go read DARTS. (If you haven’t done either, make up something outrageous. There will be a wildcard prize, in addition to the regular prizes.)
The best taglines boil down the essence of a character, book, or movie in one single, catchy phrase, becoming a calling card for the person/work/movement:
“I have a dream.”
“Shaken, not stirred.”
“One ring to rule them all. . .”
“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.“
“To boldly go where no one has gone before.”
So get your grassroots on and post your best taglines in the “LEAVE A REPLY” section below. Bonus points for layered meanings!