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Anthony

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If this gets through I will join in the fun.
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HelenRuthDavis

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That is good to hear. Once I got off Facebook and used Instagram instead (less drama) and went back to reading and playing video games, I became much happier.
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AG, we see you!
drjanik

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Aloha Michael,

Glad to have you on today's chat. Being just past the cusp between micro/small publisher, and [medium-sized] publisher, there are many new distribution opportunities that will be opening up, some already. We have our own distribution company, Savant Distribution, where retailers can purchase Savant/Aignos works at wholesale price, but having other distribution channels open helps get the word and works out even more efficiently. Of course, like you mentioned, Keith, the best way to get the word out about a work is to be the author and make appearances. People still respect authors. One of the big changes from writing to authoring is dealing effectively with becoming a public personality. Facebook is one of the many social media catering to that transition, and online chatting is another route, but there's simply nothing like appearing in person. 

My favorite is to appear at libraries (topic talks, new book release parties, presentations of one of my books to the library, talks at writer circles that meet at the various libraries) and organic food stores with a patio (we have Kokua Market here in Honolulu). 
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Not for Queen Isabella specifically, but we did like that name. She acts like a queen sometimes haha! I liked the name because I can call her Izzy!

The mystery reading was the idea of her teacher last year, where the reader gives clues about themselves so the children can guess whose parent is coming to read to them. My last clue was that I was an author. Isabella was the only one who knew who I was. I read to them the book, The Story of Ferdinand, which is now a cartoon movie coming out later this year. 
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Dan, I am wondering about my co-author Carolina Casas possibly appearing on a future chat?  She is published with Savant in SHADOWS AND LIGHT as a poetess, but I'm wondering if you would allow her on here even though our book, ISABELLA UNASHAMED, is not through Savant?
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Good Morning A. G.!

Glad to have you on our chat and congratulations on being the first author I've ever known to invent a new genre: the screenplay-novel!  With CHANG THE MAGIC CAT (Aignos 2017), you not only established this new literary genre, but demonstrated to the world what it should look like. I'm interested to see what readers think. The book sold out at Savant Bookstore Honolulu yesterday. The idea of creating a genre that would target youth by being more visual in it's presentation is not only intriguing but, I think outstanding as well. We already have several more screenplay-novel submissions thanks to you and Chang. 
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Actually anyone can join our chat, including non-Savant/Aignos authors, writers, readers and the general public. Please invite her. It's always fun to have a more active chat. 
MikeDavis1953

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Dear Keith,

I read the synopsis and first chapter of "One Night in Bangkok" and I love the way you have linked the Katrina into a time travel and chess motifs. It is sort of like Dr. Who meets Bobby Fisher.
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I forgot to mention poets either published or unpublished. And recording artists -- we publish CDs and DVDs, too. In short, this is a public chat. 
keithrees

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I have been off of Facebook for several years, like Helen said, because of all the drama, but for this purpose I will certainly get back on. I do use Twitter for only book purposes, as a way to advertise. I use Instagram but only limited to personal use there. 
HelenRuthDavis

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AG, I'm a huge fan of Chang the Magic Cat. I can imagine myself playing Tanya in a movie or play version of the book!
HelenRuthDavis

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Keith, just a heads up-- it doesn't actually do much to sell books.  It's not worth it. I've had more interest in my work on Instagram.
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Dan, can I ask you for a favor? Could you please post excerpts 2 and 3 for CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED on my behalf? My new laptop will not allow me to access them for some reason [frown]
keithrees

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I will keep that in mind Helen, I have a lot to learn about online marketing using social media. 

Mike, thank you. I am from Louisiana but had moved away many years before Katrina, but still felt their pain during that time. New Orleans plays a central role in part 3.  Using chess as a plot twist was fun indeed and integrating it with time travel was a blast to work on.
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