Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Catch Fire Party & Tips to Blogging Success
Don't you all think there is something magical about a leap year, with the power harnessed on Feb 29th?
Well, today I’m participating in the launch party for my buddy and Ninja Captain extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh’s second book—CassaFire!
If you haven’t read his first book, CassaStar, what are you waiting for??
It’s wonderful when you pick up a book outside of a genre you typically read and actually enjoy it. Space Opera and Sci-Fi may not be for everyone, but it doesn’t hurt to step outside of your comfort zone and give it a try.
Alex has graciously agreed to do a guest post today and give all of us bloggers some tips.
This guy is like the E.F. Hutton of the blogging world. Trust me, you want to know what he has to say. If you are too young to remember the E.F. Hutton commercials, just remember one day you will be my age.
On to the post all bloggers should read.
How does one build a Ninja army?
Ironically, I never set out to build a huge army of followers. Certainly not one that’s 1300 strong.
I used to view blogs with over 1000 followers in total awe. I couldn’t even imagine that many followers and never thought I’d hit that number. I always wondered how that person achieved so many. What was the secret? How did they gain so many followers?
It’s no secret, though. The answer is really simple. It takes involvement PLUS. The blogging world is a community. We can post on our blog, but unless we are involved in the community, we’re just talking to ourselves. (Even though I know writers sometimes do this.) Why go to all of the trouble to compose a blog post that almost no one reads? If we’re involved with other bloggers, then our posts will serve a purpose as well. (Even if it’s just to amuse others.)
So how does one get involved?
Follow and comment on other blogs
Participate in blogfests
Give back to the community
What’s the PLUS?
Possessing the right attitude and spirit.
And understanding that leading an army is an honor and a responsibility.
These qualities are important even if you only have a hundred followers. That’s when you are laying your foundation and establishing your character. A giving attitude and genuine nature needs to shine. And it simply can’t be faked.
If you master the PLUS early, those qualities will stay with you as your army grows!
Thanks again, Isis!
What do you guys think it takes to build an army? Thoughts? Questions? Anyone have a box of Hot Tamales?
by Alex J. Cavanaugh
CassaStar was just the beginning…
The Vindicarn War is a distant memory and Byron’s days of piloting Cosbolt fighters are over. He has kept the promise he made to his fallen mentor and friend - to probe space on an exploration vessel. Shuttle work is dull, but it’s a free and solitary existence. The senior officer is content with his life aboard the Rennather.
The detection of alien ruins sends the exploration ship to the distant planet of Tgren. If their scientists can decipher the language, they can unlock the secrets of this device. Is it a key to the Tgren’s civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as their new allies are suspicious of the Cassan’s technology and strange mental abilities.
To complicate matters, the Tgrens are showing signs of mental powers themselves; the strongest of which belongs to a pilot named Athee, a woman whose skills rival Byron’s unique abilities. Forced to train her mind and further develop her flying aptitude, he finds his patience strained. Add a reluctant friendship with a young scientist, and he feels invaded on every level. All Byron wanted was his privacy…
Science fiction - space opera/adventure
Print ISBN 978-0-9827139-4-5, $15.95, 6x9 Trade paperback, 240 pages
EBook ISBN 978-0-9827139-6-9, $4.99, available in all formats
CassaFire is the sequel to Cavanaugh’s first book, CassaStar, an Amazon Top Ten Best Seller:
“…calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.” - Library Journal
You can visit the author’s site at http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/
Book trailer available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa6VINRGtyE.
Barnes and Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cassafire-alex-j-cavanaugh/1034742568
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/CassaFire-Alex-J-Cavanaugh/dp/0982713940/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1329417150&sr=1-1
Amazon Kindle - http://www.amazon.com/CassaFire-ebook/dp/B007A2TSNG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1329663355&sr=1-1