Über die Mühen seinen Namen bekannt zu machen, berichtet der amerikanische Autor Steven Torres in einer dreiteiligen Serie auf seinem Blog „The Crime Cafe“. Der Autor, der seit 2002 fünf Bücher veröffentlicht hat und nicht unbedingt zu den bekannteren gehört, erzählt dabei
- von kleinen Lesungen in Büchereien -> hier
There were about a dozen people, maybe fifteen. Had a great time. The interaction was lively. We laughed a good deal. I got to read precisely one page of my work. The conversation- their questions – is what drove the hour and a half. It went by quickly and I feel they got to learn what they wanted to about the book business and about me. Sold seven books. Won’t make me rich, but it is about a 50% sell through rate.
- von seinen Kurzgeschichten -> hier
Then I’ve also written short stories. Some I’ve gotten paid for. Some I haven’t. It is a very nice thing to get a check for telling lies. I have a short story coming out in the upcoming Bronx Noir. I have another one, a Viktor Petrenko story, coming out in the next edition of Demolition Magazine. The people who like my stories might just buy one of my books. Or they might recommend me to a friend. In fact, if you like my Bronx Noir story, you’ll love The Concrete Maze. Guaranteed.
- über die Mühen, seine Website bekannt zu machen -> hier
In order to get people to my website, I need to advertise it. I put the address on pens to give away (usually to people who have just bought the books…) it’s on the covers of my books, I mention it in any print advertising I do, and I try to get people to link to it (though I haven’t been very aggressive about that…and don’t intend to be). Now the website is very useful because I have had a couple of interviews and invitations come up because people had heard about me, gone to my website and decided they wanted to talk with me. But I don’t think any of this actually sells books. Not, mind you that I sell all that many anyway.
Wenig was außer der Reihe ist, vermute ich und doch: Respekt.