A rapid-fire round with Stephen L Wilson, the principal editor, Twist of Fate, an international charitable anthology.
Kiriti: Hi Stephen, are you ready for the round ? I am a bit tired though.
Stephen: You are providing a wonderful service, and the feedback I have received has all been positive. Our group is fortunate and honored to have you, as well.
Kiriti: Thanks, Stephen. I want to leave no stone unturned in regarding my duties with your full satisfaction. .Wwhatever I do, I try with my 100% dedication, you know. Or else, I never try.
Stephen: Why, thanks, Kiriti. You will find that I am easily satisfied, however, and the effort you put forth is more than enough for me to meet that objective. Yes, you certainly ARE dedicated, from what I can tell!
Kiriti: I appreciate your concern, Stephen. Publishing the selected interviews in other webzines or in blog-zines will publicize Twist of Fate to a huge extent. Please employ all your contacts to ease the process.
Stephen: I usually share posts and blogs, once they are updated with our material. In this manner I will probably employ all of my contacts. You will find that our group alone will manage to publicize your work in a decent fashion. Kiriti, I will try out the rapid-fire. Just let me know what to do, okay ?
Kiriti: Let’s start right here …right now. Amongst the contributions name the best three.
Stephen: Aw, geez. That just isn’t right!
Kiriti: Now you are escaping! This is termed rapid-fire, my friend.
Stephen: Okay, fine. I will say that the three contributions which caught my eye the strongest were by Jason Luttrell, Lori Dillon and Marshall G. Kent Sr.
Kiriti: Good. If you were given a chance to approach a noted personality for prefacing the anthology, who would it be and why ?
Stephen: It would be Johnny Cash, because I can imagine his unique voice when I read it to myself. He is deceased and way too famous anyway.
Kiriti: Who is the next choice, someone who is alive ?
Stephen: Maybe, the President.
Kiriti: He is too high for prefacing, if I say.
Stephen: Well, yeah, I suppose. Hmm. Maybe, his wife? Still too high?
Kiriti: Next question. Did you inform the authority/administration of Oklahoma about this project ?
Kiriti: Why so ?
Stephen: Do they need to know?
Kiriti: Of course!
Kiriti: They are to be made aware of this effort.
Stephen: I don’t see a reason why the authorities would have an interest.
Kiriti: Just because you are into charity.They are getting help for the victims.
Stephen: Hmm. I see. For promotional reasons, you mean?
Kiriti: NOT AT ALL
Stephen: Oops! Sorry…
Kiriti: They are to be informed, like …. Sir, we are going to donate for the victims of Oklahoma via the anthology, Twist of Fate.
Stephen: Okay. For what reason?
Kiriti: The administration should acknowledge this team-work, don’t you think so ? Acknowledgment is needed, Stephen!
Stephen: In what way? Sorry. I am just confused. It seems like excessive work for no gain, other than publicity, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I suppose.
Kiriti: Whether they remain grateful or not, that is a different issue, but they are to recognize the team-work. In a way, this is a measure to publicize Twist of Fate.
Stephen: It is something we can discuss later, I suppose. Or, you can contact them!
Kiriti: This is just a part of this interview.
Stephen: Yes! That’s it! Now we are cooking with grease! Kiriti, YOU should contact them, as a caring ambassador and discretionary from India, and an integral part of the anthology! This is a new format, this “rapid-fire,” and I am just typing as fast as I can.
Kiriti: I don’t know whom to address or their emails.
Stephen: I don’t know them, either!
Kiriti: Last question.
Kiriti: How many buyers do you expect for this anthology ?
Stephen: Let’s see… you said you would buy a copy… there’s my mom… at least seven.
Kiriti: You do have an experience with Angels Cried, the last anthology of the group Indies In Action.
Stephen: What do you mean by an experience?
Kiriti: You produced Angels Cried. It had its takers.
Stephen: Yes. Do you mean buyers as takers?
Kiriti: Yes, buddy.
Stephen: I don’t know exactly how many people bought copies. We made $400 for the charity in one month, and it has been less than $50 since. Most of the purchases I suspect were from contributors and their relations
Kiriti: So, total $450 till now ?
Kiriti: Not that a bad sum. It means, you didn’t publicize much.
Stephen: Not great, I know, but more than many involved would have been able to contribute. And we have started something great, I believe.
Kiriti: Yes, certainly!
Stephen: Yes. I suck at publicizing, but I think I am getting better. One day it will be my strength, not a weakness. And I have learned that books are hard to sell. It takes time to establish yourself in the community, even if you have a worthy product.
Kiriti:A a fact, that is!
Stephen: Soon I hope to have an updated edition of Angels Cried, and we will begin a more aggressive marketing campaign then. I had a live interview in a national blog radio show, Eri published an article I wrote in her online magazine, I was featured in Indies Unlimited. It isn’t as if I didn’t try.
Kiriti: I am serious , Stephen. If you consider Twist of Fate, as mere Charity, it won’t find a good number of buyers. It is to be marketed well.
Stephen: Well, I am not interested in promoting too much. The truth is, I am here to get things started, and to produce a worthy product of our efforts. I am not a marketer or promoter. I am satisfied with the distribution and sales of Angels Cried. I am satisfied with what I have learned. And, there is no reason for me to be involved with promotion, unless it is to provide an interview, or background info, or something of that nature. Others with better skills should be motivated to promote. I can’t do everything.
Kiriti: I am not blaming you.
Stephen: Blame those whose skills are better than mine, but whose motivation is less.
Kiriti: I do understand that you cannot carry all responsibilities together on your shoulder. That’s fine absolutely, But
Stephen: Don’t call me a butt….
Kiriti: Some of the group members should come forward now with an aggressive marketing strategy!
Stephen : We are trying it with the cover reveal event and upcoming fan page.
Kiriti: What Angels Cried could not achieve, in terms of sales, Twist of Fate must !! This should be the motivation for all.
Stephen: Seriously, I expect sales from this book to far exceed the last one. AC was the first one, and should be the weakest one. In fact, I expect that this time I will not be able to cover the funds of the sales with my regular income, and we will simply have to wait until I am paid so that I can make donations.
Kiriti: Here ends the rapid-fire. Thank you, Stephen, for answering me.
Stephen: Thanks for the rapid-fire concept. It was fun. I am glad I was able to participate.
Date: June 11th 2013.