CrossTown is a fantasy/science fiction novel releasing from Red Hen press November 14th of 2017. Funds raised are to promote the book.
CrossTown is a fantasy/science fiction novel releasing from Red Hen press November 14th of 2017. Funds raised are to promote the book. Read more
I’m looking to promote and fund promotion for my novel CrossTown, releasing from Red Hen press in November. Red Hen is an independent press, and so I don’t have a promotion budget. They are excited about this novel, saying “Red Hen Press is thrilled to be publishing CrossTown, Loren W. Cooper’s fourth novel, which takes the reader on an adventure of fantasy and science fiction in a world of infinite possibility. CrossTown is an exciting book for us as a foray into new literary lands and a new audience with which we can share our passion for storytelling. We believe that CrossTown will appeal to both the new generation of genre fiction readers, eager for a story that rejects the contemporary formula, as well as those who grew up reading Zelazny, Hammet, Steakley and others.”
As a press known for poetry and literary fiction, CrossTown is a bit of a departure for Red Hen, a literary/ commercial crossover, just as the book itself is a genre crossover. These days with the big publishers, market niche is key. CrossTown defies those conventions, as a fantasy novel based on the many worlds hypothesis of modern physics, and as a murder mystery where the internal journey of the protagonist mirrors a nonlinear journey of discovery down roads of possibilities physical, mental and moral.
CrossTown has been endorsed by award winning author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, Bruce Holland Rogers, and by folklorist, scholar and literary writer, Wayne Ude. Bruce wrote the intro for the book, and there he says, “…CrossTown is full of thrilling action, of hidden agendas, of narrow escapes. It is, in short, a lot of fun. But it's also a new version of one of the stories we need to tell ourselves again and again: The hero, wearing one of his thousand faces, seeks the elixir, in one of its thousand forms, and ends up being surprised, elevated, bereft, and consoled. And we, as readers, take that same journey through heights and depths to arrive at contemplation. This is a novel that offers its own answer to the question of what we are to do with the gift, the privilege, of our human birth…”
Red Hen would like me to travel to promote the book, in signings, at book festivals, at conventions and other events. I have interviews scheduled as well, and it has been recommended that I hire a publicist. The targeted money for this campaign is to support those marketing expenses, but it’s also to get the word out and to give folks an opportunity to participate in the promotion of the book. I am already appearing as a presenting author in October at the Iowa City Book Festival, in November at the World Fantasy Convention, and will be doing signings at bookstores around the country like Elliott Bay in Seattle.
Risks and challenges
The novel is complete and heading for publication-the project is to help fund promotion. Travel and signings are straightforward. Selecting a publicist requires more research, and will depend on available funds.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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