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Authors on Twitter seem to be an engaged and loyal group.
I’ve been tweeting for years now, under many different handles, but my tweeting has been very sporadic. Today, I have two Twitter accounts that I am actively using; one for my day job, and one for my writing (@ScottJThurman). As I’ve started using Twitter more, I’ve noticed that the more engaged you are, the faster your “followers” grow, and you actually start forming friendships, and having interesting conversations! Maybe even a nemesis or two.
I’ve also noticed how eager the author twitter community is to help and support each other. I’ve already bought several books, that I wouldn’t have otherwise, just because the author and I shared a few “likes” on Twitter. Hence, I am proposing a “You Buy My Book and I’ll Buy Yours” program, which is a list of people that will buy your book, on the assumption that you will buy theirs. It’s an honor system, at least until I can figure out how to correlate sales to participation. 🙂
Here are the rules:
If you are interested in joining let me know. If you have a book you want me to buy and review let me know. If you have any ideas on the program itself, please comment, I am interested in hearing from you.
As I enter the marketing phase of authorpreneurship, one of the concepts I struggle with is how to communicate that Mormonism is an influence on the book’s protagonist (Brig), but it is not a religious book by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I also worry about the opposite… that friends/family will be displeased by some of the more salacious sections of the book (rape, S&M, prostitution).
Suicide By Everest is fiction, but I draw heavily from my own life and experiences. I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT, baptized in the Mormon Church when I turned eight and served a church mission in Hong Kong. I no longer consider myself a Mormon, but I am not anti. If anything, I’m anti-organized religion. I hope that readers will be pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns of Brig’s journey.
This picture was painted by my wife, Jackie Chang. It’s a picture of the Angel Moroni. For non-Mormons, Moroni was the last ancient American prophet to write his story in the Book of Mormon and buried the golden plates in a hill where Joseph Smith would find them hundreds of years later. The image of the angel Moroni blowing a trumpet is commonly used as an unofficial symbol of the LDS Church. Moroni appears on the cover of some editions of the Book of Mormon. Statues of the angel stand atop many LDS temples with most statues facing eastward.
One of my favorite characters in my book is nicknamed The Laughing Buddha (aka Danny Wong Wai Man). The Laughing Buddha is a beloved Buddhist deity that is associated with laughter, happiness, and good fortune. To the left, is a picture that my wife painted.
In Suicide by Everest, Buddha plays a pivotal role. He corrupts and deceives Brig while serving as his missionary companion, and introduces him to Happy Ho. He leads a double life, one as a church leader in the local community, and two, as a drug smuggler.
I am now slowly beginning to unveil Suicide by Everest and develop a community of people interested in my writing. So far that’s a very small, but fiercely loyal group. 🙂 I am moving from the writing phase of being an authorpreneur and moving to the marketing phase, which I also really enjoy. Some of the things that I did today.
Suicide By Everest: https://amzn.to/2SqKUUQ
Brigham Young VIII wants to kill himself.
Brigham “Brig” Young VIII wants to kill himself in a way that will embarrass and publicly shame his self-righteous father.
Brig is a high-functioning opiate addict that unwittingly gets involved with members of a violent Hong Kong organized crime syndicate on his journey to his frozen tomb on the north face of Mount Everest.
Written in the fragmented narrative, Suicide By Everest is the violent, darkly humorous story of Brigham Young VIII, first-in-line to inherit the riches and influence that the Young dynasty, through their hotel empire, has amassed over the centuries. Brig is a broken man that has disappointed his father, embarrassed his family, shamed his faith, ruined relationships and blames everyone but himself. Hitting rock bottom, Brig decides that his only option is suicide. But not just any suicide. Brig resolves to make a vengeful statement of his death, embarking on a physical and mental journey from his home in Salt Lake City, to Hong Kong, through China, and finally to his frozen gravesite on Mount Everest.