The Smashwords edition of Rose Moon sits gamely on its webpage, waiting for download. Some of you dear ones have indicated that you plan to wait for a print edition of the novella before purchasing. Please reconsider. There will be no print edition of Rose Moon unless e-book sales finance a significant chunk of it, which means a few hundred of you need to trade greenbacks for downloads of the digital edition. Give me a good leg up with e-book sales, and I’ll supply the rest of the money for a limited edition hardback, probably bound together with “Death on the Toilet.”
Having released Rose Moon into the world, at least in a limited way, the foci of activities around HQ are realigning with shifting priorities. A new edition of Nod’s Way claims a chunk of available conceptual space, on a footing roughly equal with work on the first Dvarsh font. Coming hot alongside those imaginative projects, the websites—Stikmantica first, followed by this one—demand a share of time. The next big step for Stikmantica remains creation of a store. Once that is in place, I’ll be able to take time for a redesign and relaunch of robertstikmanz.com.
Re-visioning web presence for myself and my work is crucial to the way I plot into the future. Most means of author outreach, via both traditional and new media, become ever greater time sinks, ravenously consuming the limited minutes that are irreplaceable raw materials for creative work. Reality has shown that no greater power will step in to monetize the products of my mind, thrusting me back onto my own devices. The necessary juggle of creating and promoting requires a strategy that makes adequate public presentation without drawing off too much time and energy from manufacture of the words, images and sounds that matter.
One point of surrender on the path taking shape for The Hidden Lands of Nod and Stikmantica has been and will be direct concern for market penetration. The means to court a mass audience AND move forward with the works that are the whole point are beyond me. I choose the work. My idea is to establish a web presence compelling enough that you dear ones will tell your dear ones, who will tell their dear ones, who will tell their dear ones, and so on until accumulating numbers call the world’s attention to what goes on here. Expect more fiction released on the same model as Rose Moon, e-book first, followed by limited edition hardback when sales warrant. Expect more art, more sounds, and more tools/toys for coming out to play. As the artifacts to underpin it take shape, expect sponsored space for a Dvarsh language community. All these things are coming. All these things are taking shape. These are the steps I am taking. If you wish to help, a great step you can take is purchasing the Smashwords edition of Rose Moon. It is a way we can walk together.