The “Donder Klap”

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You need to understand a bit of colloquial Afrikaans to get why I’m finding this concept irresistibly funny.

In the rougher parts of the city, people still “donder” each other when they get upset.  Black eyes and noses-out-of-notch can result from such “dondering”.  Conversely, a “klap” is something an adult deals a stroppy young adolescent when words get no result; or a woman can “klap” someone who unexpectedly grabs her hindquarters.

“Donder” can also be used as a word to augment a concept.

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Nevertheless the Thunderclap (as per previous post) looks to me like a promising system.  I’d like to get in on it before it is so overrun that it, like so many web-based ideas, loses its effectiveness.  It works like a networking-based press release.  While a genuine press release reaches a random audience, which size depends on the reach of the press that is being used, the Thunderclap reaches second-level contacts in social networks.

Let’s do this!

Should P’kaboo authors get a Thunderclap?

“Thunderclaps” – ROARS of Silence.

Thank you, Silver Threading, for this post and the feedback of how your authors did on Thunderclap.   I think, even though 2 did not reach target, the results are still pretty inspiring.

Now my question to my P’kaboo authors:

Should we thunderclap our books?

It is a program with intense author involvement, but we’ve done that type before, with our facebook & twitter “likes” campaign and others.

Oh, ok, second edit:  Here is how it works.

It’s like crowd funding, except that the currency targeted is not money but publicity.  If you reach a certain number of supporters, Thunderclap publicizes you to a large social network.  If you don’t make target (even if you’re only short by 1), then nothing happens.  I think it’s worth a shot, especially if we can pair it with some other publicity push?

Oh, and 4th edit:  It’s a free program, at entry level.  Your supporters don’t have to fork out a cent, they only have to “fork out” a click.  (I haven’t checked out the other levels.)

Let me know if you’re in.  If you’re self-conscious, email me instead of commenting.

… gipsika

Calling my authors NOW. OFFICIAL INVITATION

Friends, fellows and co-creators.

I implore you, who are published by P’kaboo, to make use of the following structures for news and updates on your writing, promos, and whatever else relates to your books.

1)  The P’kaboo Blog.  Each one of you is a quality blogger; I’m not worried that you’ll post anything sub-standard on the official blogsite of P’kaboo.  The blog has views; possibly more than the “red ant”.  They are also most probably much more diverse views as they come from places all over the world; besides, there are many links on external places pointing to the website and the blog, so you can do worse for exposure than chatting up readers of the P’kaboo blog.  It is the blog of a publishing site.  Would you agree it is likely that readers read there?

What to post here:  Updates on your latest opus; sweet reviews you received; speaking engagements or poetry competitions you have fared well in or want to promote, etc, etc.  Go look – there are already some up there.  You are welcome to repost things that you’ve blogged on your personal blogs, with a link leading the engaged reader to your own blog; as long as whatever you post is relevant either to your books, or to your writing (processes etc).

2) The P’kaboo Book Club on Facebook.  This is where you can connect on a very eye-to-camera basis with real fans of yours as well as fans of other P’kaboo authors, and of some authors who are in fact not even with P’kaboo but who come and play in the Book Club.  While we do play games in there (and yes, sometimes they get a little banal as the evening gets late), we also hold interviews, and the best is, you can set up your own initiative or start something in your own style there.  I’m aware of at least 3 book reviewers that also come checking in every now and then, and a number of people involved with book promo sites.

Once again, if you got a lovely review you can post it in there and invite discussion.

3) The P’kaboo Facebook Page.  Here you can post links to your latest reviews (which you can and should on the other two sites, as well).  The sad thing is that the FB page doesn’t necessarily put your posts centre-stage; however, alert me to them and I can come and lift them into full view.

I also strongly encourage you to get involved and visit each other’s Goodreads profiles, and boost each other by posting each other’s links.  We are a small number of writers, and we need to make the most of the little community we are.

My friends and authors, I set these places up for you to use.  Blow your own horn and each other’s – I’m already blowing your horn for you but need your backup.  We’re a small, indie house.  We need to create the wave; and believe me when I say, I can actually see a wave building.  It’s a social media wave and a clicks wave, and I want you all to participate, none to be left behind.  Because TV ads are not yet on the cards.

If you find interesting places like Bookarma and iAuthor, post them to the Book Club so that the other authors can explore and discover, and just as importantly, so that the friends and readers too can explore.  If you tweet something relevant to what’s happening, copy it to the Book Club for discussion.   None of those sites are temples; they are more like workshops.  And readers love watching something as it is happening.  Let’s give them lots to watch.

Remember always:  First comes the publicity, the sales follow.  Sometimes it takes a LOT of publicity to generate sales.  And publicity in networking is exponential.  Like the dwarves in Spellforce say:  “Everrra lattle bat counts!”

Dragon rant: The L-Curve

http://www.lcurve.org/

I’d like you to work with me.

We all have heard how 95% wealth is in the hands of 5% of the population.  That sounds quite harmless, as though one in 20 people is quite disproportionally well-off.

What we don’t know, is just how much of an understatement this is.

Take a tour of the link above:  The L-curve by David Chandler.  Make sure you zoom all the way in to see the little pile of money at the feet of the man and woman (a year’s income).  Then make sure you zoom all the way… allllll the wayyyy… out.  Have a look.

If you struggle to understand the figures (like most of us, math isn’t designed for easy visualization), go to the link Chandler provides, where he explains the figures.

The relevant figure is 4cm = $40 000, the yearly income of a median American household.

The top rich guys’ annual income:  50 km.  Vertically:  Twice the height of the stratosphere.  Horizontally:  work it out.  From here to south of Joburg, a meter-wide dollar carpet where every square mm is a rolled-up dollar bill, every meter represents a million dollar – or every 10cm about, a million rand.  50km of this carpet!  In the hands of one man!  And there are about 400 billionaires in America.

But wait, it gets better:

The system is set up to get steeper every year.  Every year, more of your money flows to that stratospheric peak.

One man could never ever be productive enough to generate that kind of money.  The only way it can be attained is by having it flow continuously from those who generate it by long hours and hard work, towards those who have set up this flow system.  Out of your pocket, effectively, into Bill Gates’.

Consider the banks.  Do they ask how little you actually get to keep once the bills are paid?  No – they mercilessly charge you every time any kind of money moves in or out of your accounts.  They take a cool percentage of your earnings every month, for what?  For holding onto your money and doing nothing further for you.

Now, who earns more, do you think:  The top banker of the Federal Reserve, or you?  If there were any kind of logic to this flow, shouldn’t the rich offer up a little bit for the much poorer guy – or at least not filch him like that?

You’d be better off doing everything in cash!

I’d be curious to know what Ayn Rand’s wisdom was.