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Literary Stalker Blog Tour Finale

All good things come to an end, and sadly that’s true of the terrific Literary Stalker Blog Tour with Confessions of a Reviewer. Confessions themselves have hosted the final stops, which include a two-part in-depth interview with myself and a review of the novel. Big thanks to Nev Murray and the rest of the team for the excellent hard work in putting the tour together, other social media publicity and the concluding pieces. I would strongly recommend Confessions if you are considering publicity for a horror-related book.

The first part of the interview covers early influences, my writing and TV careers and the evolution of ‘mad artistry’. And the second part looks into the ideas behind Literary Stalker, metacrime and metahorror and also the challenge of a straight author creating a gay narrator, drawing on novels such as Queer by William Burroughs and From Blue to Black by Joel Lane. Then there are some more revelations of social media debacles in the ‘Ten Confessions’ section.

From the review:

There are a lot of references to movie plots and murder scenes, as you would imagine when the main character is murdering people just like in his favourite movies. This part I enjoyed because having watched most of the movies mentioned, it was easy to relate to them…It is full of a darker kind of humour and on occasions, a certain Britishness comes through in the story and it certainly lends an extra flavour to it.

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Confessions Interview Part One

Confessions Interview Part Two

Confessions Review

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Now Read This: Literary Stalker

A new incisive, very positive review of Literary Stalker from Josh Hancock of Morbidly Beautiful:

 

EVERYONE’S A CRITIC—FRIGHTENING WORDS FOR THE VENGEFUL, UNSTABLE PROTAGONIST OF ROGER KEEN’S FUN AND THRILLING HORROR FICTION NOVEL “LITERARY STALKER”.

 

Buckle up for the fun, meta-rollercoaster ride that is Roger Keen’s Literary Stalker, a novel that mingles fact with fiction and fiction with fictional facts. If that sounds confusing, allow the first few chapters of this novel to wash over you slowly, and soon the story of a struggling writer who longs for revenge against his detractors will make delightfully morbid sense.

Nick Chatterton is our protagonist, a gay novelist fighting to keep his relationship with flat-mate Robin together and to compose his new book titled The Facebook Murders. If that title sounds a bit sophomoric, perhaps it’s intentionally so — for Nick is by no means the perfect hero; in fact, he’s got a big chip on his shoulder, exists on rocky ground between reality and fantasy, and believes wholeheartedly that his new novel will soon take the world by storm.

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GetWordy Review of Literary Stalker

Another generous review on the Literary Stalker Blog Tour from Laura James of GetWordy. A disturbing reading experience and social media anxieties are themes that emerge, once again!


 

Where to begin. I will read anything and everything as long as the theme is somewhat disturbing – yeah ok I know that might make me kinda weird but I know what I like – and after reading the synopsis of Literary Stalker, a disturbed read is what I thought I’d get. Let me tell you, Roger didn’t disappoint in that regard at all.

Basically we follow Nick as he tries to write his great masterpiece, with an unsupportive partner and thoughts of revenge on a certain few, we are with him as this latest (& he hopes the best) work is written.

The novel Nick is writing, The Facebook Murders, is about an author, Jago,  who is planning on killing his critics and using that experience to plot his own novel. Hats off to Roger for writing a novel, within a novel, how he kept things straight in his head is beyond me, man Roger has some skill. Saying that, I was confused on occasion as I found I had to re-read bits to check whether the killings were fictional or actual but to be honest by that point I didn’t care…

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The Art of Blowing Your Own Trumpet

May 20, 2010 2 comments

With hundreds of author-created books, DVDs, CDs and downloads coming onto the market every day, and everyone trying to publicise through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, WordPress (ha, ha) etc., it has created a media Tower of Babel—millions of voices fulfilling Warhol’s prophecy and screaming: ‘I want my 15 minutes now! By any and every means!’ Clearly some find this trend annoying. Recently on Amazon a poster started a discussion thread to complain that the forums were being hijacked by authors self-promoting their books. Immediately those very self-promoters waded in to defend themselves, no doubt seeing the thread as yet another avenue for their public exposure—some even posted product links!

As an independent author I self-promote my book at any opportunity, but I have ambivalent feelings about the process and doubts about its efficacy. I’m reminded of the words of Groucho Marx, who said he wouldn’t want to belong to a club that would have him as a member. And indeed who would want to buy a book whose author had to resort to standing on a street corner like a town crier singing its praises? There is something inherently down market, degrading and off-putting about self-promotion, which cannot help but reflect on the product itself… But then self-promotion is better than no promotion at all.

Every good solipsist knows he’s created a masterpiece, but he also knows nobody else knows and never will unless the trumpet comes out. So what to do? I have come to the conclusion that whatever it is do it subtly, obliquely and not the in-your-face way. So it’s not a good idea to post product links on Amazon threads and Facebook pages that are meant for discussion and information sharing. You will be viewed as a spammer, and you might even create a negative backlash against your product, in the manner of a really irritating TV advert. It’s also not good to join a discussion thread, make a perfunctory comment and then go on to talk about your book, which deals with this very subject in terrific detail, was recommended by So and So and is available here (product link).

Much better to talk more generally in a conversational way, contribute something of actual value to a discussion that is likely to get peer group approval, and leave a trail—a website or blog address—that will lead to your product. Many established professionals do this and some have become experts, seeking out just the right platforms from where they will attract the most attention. It’s not an easy process and it’s also never-ending. With so much media circulating in a dizzying howl-around fashion, it’s very hard to get heard and very frustrating when people appear not to be listening. But nevertheless, don’t resort to blowing the trumpet too hard or too close to your audience’s ears. Remember: the soft sell wins over hard the sell every time.

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