An Executive Decision

I pushed my iPad away and rubbed my eyes. This task list was long and difficult, but it's nearly complete. I crossed the room and opened the windows to let the Raven of Doubt outside for some sunlight and air. Lisa Burton* was just finishing up waxing the formerly haunted biplane.

She came inside and put her gear away. “I'm ready to go, whenever you give the word.”

“That's great, but I need you at the big party on Wednesday. We can't start the tour until September.”

“I have Lisa Burton Radio on Thursday. I'll leave after that.”

“Yeah, um, sounds good.”

She placed a hand on her hip. “What's wrong?”

“It's the posters, to be honest with you.”

“Don't you like them?”

“I love them, but I'm struggling with letting my blog hosts reveal them, or doing it here first.”

“It might be fun for the hosts, I suppose.”

“Yeah, but Sean Harrington and I drive a lot of traffic to each other. It's hard for me to drive him traffic when the artwork appears on someone else's blog. He's open for commissions and does a great job. It's the least I can do to help him out.” I clicked on my iPad. “I mean, look at that great cover. It's a completely different style than your posters. That's versatility.”

“I agree. It's a beautiful cover.”
“The pre-sale is almost over. I need six more sales to equal the first Notebook. I'd like to feel like I'm moving ahead with each project.”
“I'm sure the big party and the blog tour will move some copies.”
“It will, but it won't be during the pre-sale.”
“How about this then? Reveal the posters, talk about the stories they represent, and maybe you can move some more copies before the book delivers.”
“Makes sense, I suppose. I mean, nobody's asked for any kind of exclusivity or anything. I just thought it might be fun for my hosts.”
She sat on the couch and crossed her legs. “When you go on a blog tour, the hope is to reach new readers, right?”
“Of course.”
“There is always some overlap among friends, but you get the book in front of new folks too, right?”
“What's your point?”
“Well this is a blog too. You have readers here they don't have… So why not share them with your readers too?”
“It sounds like good advice.”
“Alright, let me explain it how you'll really understand it. Who paid for the posters?”
“That makes a lot of sense. There was the expense of sending you to see Sean, not to mention your wages, printing, shipping and handling, wardrobe expenses,–“
“Stop. So what are you going to do?”
“I think we'll share the posters and talk about them.”
<Squee> Lisa ran from the room to retrieve her leather map tube. She ran back in and took off the cap. Look at this one, it's my favorite.

“That's just because you're obsessed with the rocket-pack.”

“In part, but I like the whole Barbarella feel to it. I think it captures the pulp science fiction vibe you used in the story. Plus, there's my swag deal to consider. I got a new mirror, a Kindle, a new brush, and a blow drier. According to my contract, I get to keep the rocket-pack too.”

“Oh yeah, that's part of the deal isn't it?”

“That's right. I can make quick trips to the spa now, followed up with some Paris shopping, and still be home in time to feed Bunny.”

“Are you going to want the yak when we finish up The Yak Guy Project?”

“Don't be silly. He's a sentient being, you can't own him.”

“Oh yeah, how could I forget. What else do you have?”

“Check this out.” She spread the other poster across the desk.

“Wow, that turned out really cool.”
“I know, right? I think it captures some of the pulp horror vibe. Plus it makes a non-specific political comment too.”
“Yeah, I appreciate that, especially this year.” I smoothed the corners out to make sure it stayed flat. “So are we going to be housing that thing down at the beaver pond?”
“No, but I can use the bolero jacket, shoes, and bracelets again. I might wear the dress somewhere too.”
“So those are the stories you settled on. Fifteen stories boiled down to two. You could have milked that swag deal on Holobarkers. It would be a street scene with lots of cars.”
“I didn't want to get greedy. Besides, I took the old Airstream with the radio equipment you used in Night Bump Radio.”
“Well, the biplane is all ready. The tour spots are locked. You have your posters, and we revealed them here first. I have two critiques to mark up, and I've completed my task list for this weekend.”
“I picked up a growler of pumpkin beer too. When you finish those, just whistle and I'll bet the enchanted beer horns are excited.”
“You're a good personal assistant.”
*Lisa Burton is my personal assistant, and the spokesmodel for Entertaining Stories. She's also a robot.
The newest Notebook is available on pre-order right now. Don't forget to come back Wednesday for the big party and a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card. Then follow Lisa and I as we take the Second Notebook on our blog tour.



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32 responses to “An Executive Decision

  1. Love that giant octopus one. A way to help drive some traffic to Sean’s site with your other blog promos is to have the host give him credit under the art. A name and link to his blog should help anyone who is curious.

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  2. GREAT posters!! Makes sense that you want to put them where they’ll drive the most traffic. I do love that you revealed them here though as well.

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  3. Sean’s done a great job here Craig! Thanks for sharing them!

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  4. carmens007

    Love both Lisa’s posters. I would have liked to display them, too, but as you say it’s a conflict of interest…. I especially love the cover of the collection. It’s atmospheric and suits the content.

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  5. The octopus poster is a hoot. Only suggestions is to make one of the politicians female, not because of Hillary but because female politicians are no longer an oddity in the U.S.

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  6. Love, love, the artwork. Sean does great stuff. If I’m ever in need of artwork I know where to go. 🙂 Love how the new posters tie into the Notebook. Notebook I was fabulous, but having gotten a beta look at Notebook II, this one really rocks. I can’t wait to see readers reactions to the stories.

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  7. Great artwork – I always enjoy your Lisa posts 🙂 And I hope you’ll be visiting me on your tour 🙂

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    • I hope I didn’t overlook you when the volunteers stepped up. We can come up with something. Would you like me, or Lisa? She’ll bring a poster to share with your readers.

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      • I don’t mind – whatever you think will work best for you 😀 If Lisa feels like coming for a visit, that would be great

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      • Maybe I’ll get some time to write something on Wednesday. Do you have a topic your readers might enjoy?

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      • I hate to be vague but my blog tends to be a bit of a mishmash and it’s always the posts I think won’t go anywhere which take off. However, Charles Y did a post a while ago about character sacrifice and that seemed to spark a lot of interest. So if you wanted to write about a theme that runs through the stories, or even take one story and talk about where it came from (like the one you did about the girl’s body by the river) that might be really great. However, don’t stress yourself – you can have a spot anytime, so if it’s a day other than Wednesday, don’t worry 🙂

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      • I’m sure something will come to me. I just need to chew it over for a bit. Thanks.

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      • I think it was because I volunteered before your volunteer post, maybe? Either way, the offer is always open, just let me know 😀

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  8. Ali Isaac

    Sounds like fun! Good luck with the launch!

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