Daily Archives: January 28, 2016

Marketing is Farming, Not Hunting

I’m a farmer as well. I’ve never hunted in my life, although I did help drag a bear out of the woods after my stepdad had shot it. Hey, it was good eating.

Chris Fox Writes

Writing a novel is an immense undertaking, and before you finish it you think it’s the most daunting thing you’ll ever do. Then you DO finish it, and suddenly you need to figure out how to get people to read it.

Before long you realize you need to learn this strange sorcery called marketing, so you start asking around, reading blog posts, and digesting anything else you think will help. Then you start posting ‘look I wrote a book’ to Facebook, Twitter, and anywhere else you think people might see it.

People throw rotten tomatoes, and you quickly retreat back into your introvert shell. You realize that all the Facebook groups you joined are full of other people like you who are also yelling BUY MY BOOK as loudly as possible.

The method described above is the hunting approach. Your prey are readers, and you are stalking them through the…

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Save Your Readers 50% Off On KWL Titles–On Us!

HEY – all of you Kobo reading-types. Take advantage of this HUGE 50% off sale good for ANY KWL title. That includes my e-books as well – so grab a copy if you’ve been wondering about any of my titles.

I wonder about my titles constantly.


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yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

The Sweetest Two Words

The sweetest two words in the entire universe of a writer’s existence has to be “The End”.


I’ve just finished writing a novel. I am not going to tell you that it is the very best novel that anyone will ever read – but it is the very best that I have written in a long old time. I had a whole year or two of dry stretch – getting my mind cluttered with things that do not matter. I won’t call it a writer’s block. I would not dignify it with that particular statement. I was writing things – through it all. Stories and novellas and blog entries and a multitude of kboard comments – but this is the first full-sized novel that honest-to-god really feels like I finally know what I am doing again.

Let me tell you it feels really good.

I’ll tell you a bit more about the book over the next few days.



yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon