Book Marketing

Here’s what’s on my mind (or at least my browser tabs) these days. Book Marketing.

This Reddit post recounts how one author quadrupled his sales. I’m mainly putting it here so I can find it later, but if you find this interesting, let me know in the comments below.…

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The Enduring Legacy of Zork

Of all places, the MIT Technology Review has this article up:
The Enduring Legacy of Zork

If you’re a fan, seriously go check out this article. It’s got old maps, artwork, and even line-printed source code (in ZIL) of the original 1977 game, which went on to sell over 800,000 copies.…

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Ready Player One movie: will it suck?

This article starts with the title

‘Ready Player One’ is a terrible book and it will be a terrible movie

and goes from there.

The criticism is familiar for anyone who’s read reviews of the book: allegedly it focuses too much on nostalgia at the expense of story and character.…

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Second Lines

Mac Laidlaw now famously quipped that any story could be improved by changing the second line to “And then the murders began.”

I thought it would be fun to test that theory with some short stories from my FREE anthology, Minds and Machines:

Moving the empty containers was far more work than carrying the full ones would be.

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Ready Player Who?

Lots of excitement in the sci-fi world lately. The Ready Player One film is rapidly approaching. The initial images released look very Spielberg. And from everything I’ve heard, the film will be full of easter eggs and clever adaptations to some of the puzzles to make them more suitable for a visual medium.…

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Micah Joel

Purveyor of things geeky