Saturday, March 28, 2009

Where's Konrath? Blog Tour Day #28

To promote my horror novel, AFRAID, which debuts March 31, I'm eating a live moose. Ha! Kidding! I'm appearing on different blogs every day in March.

Please follow my daily journey, and broaden your blog-reading horizons. Commenting on the guest posts at the blogs I visit is a classy touch, too.

Many stops on the tour today. Let's start with something unusual.

If you haven't joined www.Goodreads.com yet, you should. It's a great place to write reviews, get book recommendations, and network with fellow readers.

Someone posted a poll about the scariest book of all time, and Afraid is on the ballot. Check it out at:

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/492.SCARIEST_BOOK_I_EVER_READ

I've talked a lot about good self-promotion techniques. But how about bad ones? At Michelle Muto's blog, I present eight things you should NEVER do when promoting your book:

http://michellemuto.wordpress.com/2009/03/27/jack-kilborns-top-eight-bad-self-promotion-tips/

What are the three greatest horror novels of all time? I tell all at Heather Wardall's blog:

http://heatherwardell.blogspot.com/2009/03/guest-blogger-ja-konrathjack-kilborn.html

To call Alex Sokoloff a good writing teacher is like calling Houdini a good magician. She's the best, and a damn fine writer as well. Her blog, where she carefully breaks down narratives and explicates why they work, is a must-read for newbie writers. I've tried to use her approach on a scary scene from Afraid, explaining the writerly choices I made, point by point. It's sort of like a DVD director commentary. Check it out here:

http://thedarksalon.blogspot.com/2009/03/welcome-guest-blogger-jack-kilborn.html

Finally, a smattering of good reviews:

http://danys-san.blogspot.com/2009/03/afraid-by-jack-kilborn.html

http://home.earthlink.net/~harryfnhate/

http://thescifigenrereview.blogspot.com/2009/03/be-afraidthen-read-afraid.html

The question now isn't whether I'll break 100.The question is what number above 100 will I stop at.

I'd like to effusively thank the folks who are posting their reviews everywhere they can. Many reviewers are reviewing on Goodreads, and in the Amazon.com discussions (because it's too early to put the review up on Afraid's Amazon.com listing, as the book doesn't come out for a few more days), and many other places. Some have reached well above a dozen different spots.

I'm humbled and excited by your efforts. If Afraid catches on, it's because of you, and I'm not the type of person who forgets the people who helped him out.