SFFMP 21: Marketing and Publishing Comedic Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Co-Writing, and Rocking It with Twitter
In today’s episode, we talked to John P. Logdson and Chris Young, a comedic fantasy and science fiction writing duo. We covered a lot of ground. Here are some of the highlights:
- Any special challenges with writing humor/comedy?
- Dealing with one-star reviews from people who don’t “get” the humor
- Collaboration — who does what and how do you manage to put out cohesive novels?
- Does collaboration offer any advantages over titles written by a single author?
- Can any writers collaborate well, or does it take a special personality and/or a certain skill set?
- Writing to target less competitive categories on Amazon
- Tricks for producing books more quickly
- Should you mention that the books are humorous or comedic in the blurb or on the cover? So people looking for serious fiction won’t accidentally grab them?
- Are there any marketing advantages to writing fantasy/science fiction comedy?
- How to set up your tweets to market successfully on Twitter (effective hashtag use and Hashtagify for seeing what’s popular or trending + BookLinker to send readers from different countries to the right store)
- Twitter groups and networking with other authors in a smart way
- Marketing/advertising on Facebook, Goodreads, and using giveaways
- The types of marketing John and Chris have tried and that hasn’t done well + what has worked
- What they do to encourage newsletter signups
- A new site for crowdfunding/getting pre-orders specifically for authors: Publishizer.
Want to check out their work?
For more character-driven stories, try Starliner or the Land of Ononokin books. For more humor, check out Platoon-F. They’ve got a new project coming soon as well, a book called Queen Aurthur, a different (very different) take on the King Aurthur story. You can get in touch with them or find out more at their site, Crimson Myth.