Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Texas Ban Unconstitutional; Heidi Cullinan on Promotion/Marketing

Texas Ban Unconstitutional

In Texas a federal judge ruled the ban against same sex marriage unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia based his decision on "Supreme Court precedent."

“Today’s court decision is not made in defiance of the great people of Texas or the Texas Legislature, but in compliance with the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court precedent,” Garcia wrote in the order. “Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our U.S. Constitution.”

You can read more here.

It's definitely a milestone, but also it still feels like the tiniest baby steps.

Heidi Cullinan on Promotion/Marketing

I found a short, interesting blog post the other day by m/m author, Heidi Cullinan that I think affects all authors in all genres nowadays. And indirectly, publishers and readers. Cullinan discusses the way authors have to market and promote these days, and also the frustrations that often go along with it. It's actually a shared post from another blog, which is stated up front.

I strive to lift awareness of not just my work but works like mine, the whole LGBT romance pool, but even that is not the main purpose of why I’m here. I like to thank bloggers with ad purchases and guest posts and ARCs. I’ve made a forum for fans to chat, and if you link/@ reply me on social media and I’m able to see it, I’ll do my best to reply or at least like your post. I don’t buy reviews. I don’t ask people to buy books on a certain day at a certain hour at a certain place to game the system. I don’t send mass invites to “events” on Goodreads or Facebook.

I think what she's saying is what many of us try to do. She also mentions the pressure all authors are feeling now to market and promote even harder...if that's possible to do. (Where do you cross the line?)

In any event, the post touches on a lot of feelings we all have. You can check it out here. I often find myself shunning more aggressive approaches to marketing on a daily basis.

Side note: The post is on a review web site I didn't know was around until recently, Live Your Life, Buy the Book. From what I can see, it's fast, it's detailed, and simple to navigate. And I don't think they've ever actually reviewed me so no hidden agenda on this end. My biggest fail is in submitting books to reviewers. I just feel awkward doing it.

2 comments:

Remembering Grace said...

I was reading about the Texas ruling earlier on thinkprogress, and the article linked back to a ruling here in Kentucky two weeks ago, same decision.

And I knew nothing about it! I like to think I'm fairly clued in, so I have no idea how this slipped under the radar, but then again, the people in this state are more interested in college basketball than anything else at this time of year, so that might be why no one was talking about it...

It just really makes me excited, I mean, Kentucky still only has Fairness ordinances in a handful of cities - something like this is a big huge step.

ryan field said...

I think this is how it's going to continue to work with all states...slow steps, and state by state.