Getting my #Sci-Fi on and Writers For Writers #W4WS



Writers4Writers: It is with great excitement to announce the Writeres4Writers group. I have teamed with talented writers: Stephen Tremp, C.M. Brown, and Christine Raines in an initiative to promote writers and their books (that’s you)! What will make this monthly event very unique and powerful is that each month writers can reach large audiences of potential new buyers that are beyond their sphere of influence. People they would normally never reach. The rollout date is Thursday, December 6th.

Our Mission:

• Help writers bring awareness of their book(s) to tens of thousands of new people
• Help writers reach Amazon Top 100 in at least one category (i.e., suspense, free, etc.)
• Increase sales of their book(s) after the promo is over
• Drive new traffic to their blog and increase following
• Create verbal and viral buzz.

Nancy Thompson, author of the recently released The Mistaken, will be the first recipient. We’ll post more information in future posts throughout November. Mark Thursday December 6th on your calendar and feel free to use the Writers4Writers badge too!

There’s a Twitter hashtag #W4WS, a FB page, and a linkylink. You’ll find all of that HERE.


Nigel Mitchell of the Geek Twins releases Dead Links, a sci-fi thriller novel.

Available for Amazon Kindle.

A millionaire dives into a bonfire of his own creation. A popular psychologist is shot to death by a jealous husband. A woman starves to death next to a kitchen full of food. The owners of popular websites are dying, and freelance journalist Amanda Katt wants to know why. Could it have something to do with Araknee, one of the most popular sites on the Internet? When Amanda Katt sets out to answer that question, she gets more than just another story. Someone has found a way to make a website more addictive than any drug. It will make people go anywhere, do anything, and kill anyone to protect it. As Amanda races across the country to unravel the mystery of the website’s power, she finds herself plunged into a world of death and deception. She soon discovers that Araknee is everywhere and so are its followers, and that she’s the only one who can stop it before it’s too late.

Congrats Nigel!


Orycon34 Apocalypse How?

I was able to go to my first ever sci-fi con last Saturday. The Husband Unit and I drove over the Cascades to Portland. After registering, and using our gaming names on our badges, we headed over to the dealer room. First folks I met were a group of indie sci-fi writers. We chatted for quite awhile and I bought some books. Of course. I’m looking into joining up with them for marketing, etc…

There were many great artists and a Klingon.

We bumped into a dude we’d met at the Ren Fair in July. He makes handstamped pins and took special requests. So, he made the “jousting champ” pin for the winning knight next week.

Then we headed over to sit in on some panels. The first was for Firefly by Dark Horse comics where I discovered I am way more of a Firefly geek than the Husband Unit. Anyway I sat in a room with folks that had worked with Joss Whedeon. Cool! We even chatted about how great it would be if Joss directed the next Star Wars.

After that, we went to a panel given by some scientists on Twilight Planets. It was really fascinating, and I took notes. Fodder for future stories.

Then we met the author of Logan’s Run. Ooo! And Husband Unit went and chatted up Daniel Wilson who wrote Roboapocalypse. They’re making a movie of his first book and his second just came out.

There were lots of panels for writing and many, many writers. I passed out a lot of business cards. I’d definitely go next year, hopefully as part of the indie sci-fi author group.

This weekend I’m getting ready for the jousting tournament next week. Huzzah! I confess to being a bit more nervous about this launch. Backworlds is finding its audience. Hetty has to find hers. Once she does, I think she’ll do fantastic. So, I hope you’ll help me give her a big push.


Did You Hear?

Amazon will no longer allow authors to leave reviews for authors. I’ve heard they’re even deleting existing reviews from published authors. This is their solution to the review scandal our less scrupulous colleagues had engaged in. What do you think?



  1. November 9, 2012    

    I think Amazon is way off base! And there go some of my reviews.
    Downloaded Nigel’s book last week.
    Very excited you selected Nancy as your first author!
    And the science fiction con sounded cool. I know I would’ve been geeking out for the Firefly session. And the guy who wrote Logan’s Run? Very cool weekend.

  2. November 9, 2012    

    It’s a knee-jerk reaction from Amazon – emphasis on jerk. It won’t stop the sock puppets, only get rid of honest reviews. I’m a reader as well as an author and I resent not being able to leave a review.

    The sci-fi con sounds like it was a blast! Very excited for Hetty’s release and Writers4Writers is such a cool idea!

  3. November 9, 2012    

    That’s so awesome about Writers4Writers!

    And Amazon is way off base about the reviews. They just want to look like they’re doing something against sock puppets and the like.

  4. November 9, 2012    

    M, I’m thrilled to read that Backworlds is finding its audience. Surely in the end that is all that can possibly matter. I hope Hetty finds her way, too, into the proper hearts and (scratches head) I’m not sure what to think about the new Amazon policy. I guess I didn’t even realize there was an issue in the first place …

    Great con pics!

  5. November 9, 2012    

    I figure a lot of people will find a way around the ban anyway, except the more honest people. So, I agree Alex, Laura, and Cherie that it’ll only harm honest folks again, especially honest writers.

  6. November 9, 2012    

    There was a big stink with authors purchasing great reviews for themselves (and even bad reviews for their competitors). That was the scandal, Suze.

    However, like all those review mills are going to give up their income. They’ll find a way around the new rule. And who knows if it effects people who write under a pen name. So the whole thing seems pretty lame.

  7. Stephen Tremp Stephen Tremp
    November 9, 2012    

    A lot going on today! Good luck with everything. I’ll do some Twitter and FB stuff for your book this weekend.

  8. November 9, 2012    

    The Writers4Writers group is a great idea! I’m looking forward to participating and helping to spread the word about the books, great way to learn about new reads as well.

    Looks like the convention was a lot of fun. I’ve never been to anything like that before.

    Can’t wait for Hetty’s launch next week. Have a great weekend, Mary!

  9. November 9, 2012    

    Yay! I’m excited for W4WS. I think the group can do so much good for writers. I’ve been out of the loop with the news, it seems. I hadn’t heard that about Amazon. That’s utterly ridiculous. I think authors are valid reviewers, even more so that they tend to be more harsher sometimes. Also, authors understand the importance of reviews. Now I’m grumbling about it!

    Have a good weekend!

  10. November 9, 2012    

    Look at all the fun geek stuff. Why didn’t they have conventions like that when I lived in Oregon?

  11. November 9, 2012    

    What a cool experience. Thanks for sharing. I find that Klingons in real-life are way more imposing than on the screen, so that must have been exciting. Thanks for hooking up my brothers book MPax.

  12. November 9, 2012    

    Nigel’s book looks really good, and the sci fi con sounds like a blast!
    I think Amazon is mishandling the problem, and they should have taken time to think of different solutions first.

  13. November 9, 2012    

    Eep on the review thing. I bet they’ll delete reviews I made for authors on their Amazon page. Looks like I may need an alias. Oy…what a headache. I guess some of my reviews are about to go away.

    We just never catch a break.

    Congratulations to Nigel. And that writers for writers thing sounds awesome.

  14. November 9, 2012    

    Thank you, Stephen. :D I think I’m ready for next week. I need to write 5,000 words this weekend in preparation to keep the WIP on track.

    It is, Julie. And I think it’s a great idea to have an organized push. The con was a blast. Can’t wait to go to another.

    I’m excited about it, too, Christine.

    Orycon has been around awhile. It’s gotten bigger. It’s not very well known though, Diane.

    I always enjoy the Klingons, Maurice. Yeah, but not too close.

    I think Amazon is too, Tyrean. I suppose I can work around it by opening an account for the Husband Unit and reviewing under his name. I bet a lot of writers will be doing stuff like that. And if you write under a pen name, you probably still get to post reviews.

    It’ll be awhile before they get to us, Michael. We’re teeny fish. They’ll go after the big fish first … hopefully the smelly fish who mucked this up for the rest of us.

  15. November 9, 2012    

    There’s always something. Didn’t know about the reviews, this is the first I’ve heard. Perhaps Amazon felt the margin for error was too wide.

    Good luck with your writing venture. It sounds like a great idea.

  16. November 9, 2012    

    Writers4writers is an excellent idea! The Mistaken looks really interesting- intriguing trailer- I love the theme music, it really draws you in! I cannot understand the Amazon thing- aren’t authors readers as well? crazy! : ) ~ Jess

  17. November 9, 2012    

    This is such a great idea!

  18. Melissa Bradley Melissa Bradley
    November 10, 2012    

    How fun at the sci fi convention! With Avengers 2 to prepare for and the schedule that Disney has set for Star Wars I don’t think Joss will be able to direct, but he would be a good choice. Personally, I think Disney should go with a woman. Say Mimi Leder or Kathryn Bigelow.

    I’m all signed up for W4WS What an awesome thing you guys are doing! You are some of the finest members of our community. :)

  19. November 10, 2012    

    I’m not sure how their reaction solves the problem, DG. But we’ll see.

    We seem to count less and less, Jess.

    I think it is, Theresa. I’m glad Stephen thought of it and invited me to cohost.

    A woman director would be great, Melissa.

  20. November 10, 2012    

    I haven’t heard about Amazon doing that… I can see where they’re coming from, but authors are readers too, and have a right to leave comments on stories. The W4WS sounds awesome… can’t wait to meet new authors.

  21. Stephen Tremp Stephen Tremp
    November 11, 2012    

    I finally got over to our #W4WS hashtag and saw all the Getting Your #Sci-fi on posts. It’s great to see all these people stopping by. There’s a lot of new people I’m hooking up with too. The good thing is that we don;t need to do everything all at once. We’re all busy and can allow the momentum to steadily build over the next few weeks.

  22. November 11, 2012    

    The W4W group is a great idea, and I’m game! The conference you went to looked fun. I’m looking forward to eventually attending one.

  23. November 11, 2012    

    I think the W4W group is a fantastic idea. I will continue checking back for monthly reviews. I am so far out of the loop that I don;t have a clue about what is going on with Amazon reviews and bans. It doesn’t sound good.

  24. November 12, 2012    

    Amazon shouldn’t take a blanket policy due to some unscrupulous reviewers. I review other author’s books when I feel led to do so. That’s unfair to discount our opinions because we are readers, too.