New Web Site for Cantarabooks

My publisher has redesigned her web site. The new look is sleeker and definitely more inviting. I was never too thrilled with the previous design. This is much easier on the eyes.

You can view my author page and leave comments here. Please do. That would be fun.

Still no word on that mysterious lawsuit though. Hopefully we will know something more about that soon.

Birthday

So it’s my birthday coming up, and if you’re wondering what you can get me, you can buy a copy of my book, read it, and then post in the comments here about how much you loved it, hated it, found it confusing, disturbing, whatever.

In case you’re wondering, 37. I can’t believe it either.

Time Cube

One of the inspirations for the TH2 character in Salvation is the Time Cube guy, who has been posting his insane time rants on the web since 1997. I always imagine Thom Hawkins, Jr. as a guy who eventually be this crazy but isn’t quite there yet. I hadn’t looked at the Time Cube site in several years, and I checked it this morning just to see if it’s still there. It is, and crazier than ever. If this has somehow escaped your web radar the last 10 years, you really should check it out and browse through some of it.

As far as I can tell, his theory is that there are four days occurring simultaneously around the globe, but that’s about as much as I understand of it. But then, I don’t think it’s possible to understand much more than that about it.

50 More By Xmas

They say it is good to have goals. Mine is fairly modest actually. I would like to sell 50 downloads of the Salvation e-book by Christmas. This will be more than enough to qualify it for a paperback printing (by my best calculation, I’m on contractually obligated to sell about 40 more). I’m asking all my friends and “fans” to please help spread the word about it.

One thing you can do is become by fan on Facebook. You can do that by going to this page and clicking the “Become a Fan” link. Your Facebook updates will show that you became a fan, thus dissiminating my fame far and wide through the internets. I’ll also be able to send you updates directly, but I promise that I won’t do this very much.

On a similar note, you can join the Facebook group M. David Hornbuckle Knows Wordz Good. Both Fabebook pages serve virtually the same purpose as far as you are concerned. For me, there are technical pros and cons for each one, and that is why I set both of them up.

And of course, if you haven’t already done so, you can buy the damn book. You could even send a message out to a few people you know and say, “Hey, this guy who I (went to high school with/was in a band with/slept with years ago) has written a book, and he could really use your support. Please buy a copy,” and include that link, so they know where to go. That would be awesome and totally unexpected on my part.

my self-deprecating sales manner

I suppose complaining about my poor sales isn’t the best way to convince people to buy my book.

So here are some nice things people have said about it.

Wonderful work… I finished it in one sitting” –Kevin M.

“I love it… The writing is great. I had to look up ‘minacious’! The story is haunting. I found TH2’s descent especially touching” –Margaret D.

I’ve been reading David Hornbuckle for several years now, and his mind never ceases to amaze. His stories — this one in particular — manage a blending of neo-realism with the freest feats of imagination. His beautifully written worlds are ours and, I think, several others. He’s carrying on the fine tradition of Southern writers … only different.” –Jim B.

So there. Feel free to add your own reviews, both positive and negative, in the comments.

Save Billy Wayne Carter

Although the book came out almost 9 months ago, I’m starting this blog now in order to try to give it a second life. It turns out that marketing an e-book is not an particularly easy thing to do, and sales have not been quite what I’d hoped for.

A couple of months ago, I wrote an article for mediabistro.com (subscription only, unfortunately), which profiled my publisher, Cantarabooks, and examined the pros and cons of their business model. In a nutshell, the model is this: First they publish a book electronically, and if it sells over a certain threshhold, they will then publish it in paperback. Compared to options like print-on-demand and self-publishing, I concluded this was a good option for some writers, especially if they were having a hard time getting their foot in the door of a more traditional publishing house.

The biggest advantage I can see to this type of publishing is that e-books cost almost nothing to produce, so the house can afford to take a chance on an author that is unconventional or unknown.

As of today, I need to sell only 53 more books to be offered a paperback contract by my publisher. I’m being up-front about this number because it seems low, but, in fact, I’ve already tapped almost all my friends and family, and word just isn’t spreading about the book outside my relatively small circle of acquaintances.

So buy a copy today and help bring Salvation to life as an old-fashioned book that you can hold in your hands, carry with you, and lend to friends.