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The Power of Getting Sick

The Power of Getting Sick

During the last week I managed to catch a flu that knocked out the whole family at one time or another. I did everything to protect myself from the dreaded bug. I even went as far as voluntarily quarantining myself to sleeping in the lounge room while my wife spread her germs around the bedroom on one coughing fit after another…..sadly, I succumbed.

At first I had enough energy to press the change channels button on the remote control and take in a TV series on Marco Polo on Netflix (thank goodness for them!). Slowly but surely I managed to sit up and do some real thinking about being an author.

There is nothing quite like being incapacitated to help you slow down and do something that you haven’t done for quite some time….and so thinking I did. I thought long and hard about the challenges that many authors face in writing, editing, publishing and finally marketing their novels to the masses. It’s actually quite daunting.

Finally, I made the decision to do something about the latter problem of marketing and developed the website SFFAuthors.com (science fiction and fantasy authors). It’s a website that helps the technically challenged authors share with their readers via a really simple blogging interface and combines this with some pretty nifty social networking components. Essentially it allows readers and authors to interact.

So after absolutely no fanfare I launched the site a few days ago and since then I’ve been watching magic take place. Readers are beginning to sign up and authors are starting to take notice with what’s going on. The bottom line is that I’m really happy that there’s a community beginning to form around science fiction and fantasy.

I’m looking at approaching a number of authors to see if they would be willing to part with a free copy of their ebooks for a giveaway promotion to SFFAuthor’s members….so watch this space. So whatever you do, make sure that you go and register so that you can be in the running. While you’re there say hello to a few people (there’s a chat window similar to facebook) and read some of the many articles streaming through from other SFF websites.

So being sick isn’t necessarily a bad thing after all. Let’s face it SFFAuthors.com wouldn’t have existed without it! Just before I sign-off I should mention that the amazing artwork was generously provided by Sebastien Hue. Sebastien did the artwork for Battleframe….he’ll also be doing a lot more for me in the future!



Michael Gilmour has been in business for over 32 years and has both a BSC in Electronics and Computer Science and an MBA. He has also recently published his first science fiction book, Battleframe.

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