I'm looking forward to it, since I'll get to joke around with those fun folks some more. Ands who knows--maybe it'll give a slight boost to the book, too. I know the EDGE folks would like that.
It's funny--I do feel like I am letting EDGE down a little. I'm a teacher, not a writer--I mean that in the sense of where my time commitment is, and therefore I'm not helping Beltrunner generate the sales it might if I pushed and pushed. Now, I have no illusions that it will be anything other than a little forgotten book in the corner of the huge, cluttered library of science-fiction books, but I probably could help out EDGE a little by pushing it more. So I don't feel great about that. These guys took a chance on me and on Beltrunner, and I feel incumbent on myself to try and generate sales for them. I owe them, in other words.
The trouble is, I don't know HOW, exactly, nor do I possess a natural salesman's bent. For example, a colleague at school was kind enough to order the novel and read it (took a while, but he did it) and then I pressured him to write an Amazon review (I am told that the number 10 is a bit of a magic number there, and his review would be the 10th). That, too, took him a while, and although he says he's done it, it's not appearing there. So now what? I keep pressuring him? My goodness...this guy BOUGHT the book, READ it, and WROTE a review. He went slower than I'd have liked, but for Pete's sake, he didn't have to do ANY of it. So how do I go up to him and demand he fix whatever issue his posting is having?
You see the difficulty? No salesman blood. I'd be on the receiving end of some pretty damn vulgar invective from Baldwin's character in the movie version of Glen Gary Glenn Ross.
Anyway, like I said earlier, Beltrunner is long over. I don't think of it really, since I am deep into Caretaker. Only when events such as these come up does it reenter my mind.
I do miss those two--=Sancho and Collier--and if I ever did go back to it for some kind of sequel, it'd be because I liked the dynamic they had. Probably need some kind of story first, though. And Caretaker (and then one after that, which I don't even have a title for--Asylum, maybe. Or Unrepentant) has to get done. The plan is to finish drafting, workshopping, and revising Caretaker so it can be submitted before the fall semester starts again in early August. That gives me a little over two months. I figure I have around 40,000 words left, so if I can do about 25,000 a month (about 6,000 a week) then I might have enough time for revisions and submission by early August.
Probably should start the walk back home and get ready for the event. If you're coming here after the event to see what this rambly, incoherent blog of mine has, then welcome!
Be seeing you!