Guest post by Thomas Rottinghaus, author of 'Graywullf'

As a fledgling author just really stretching my wings in the world of publishing I feel very unqualified to ruminate about such matters in a public forum. However, even a novice such as myself can observe and learn and perhaps save someone else from making the same mistakes.

On the subject of promotion, there are two obviously different worlds to consider. If you have decided to publish your own work with a self publishing company, do yourself a favor and determine what your goal is before you commit any sum of money to such an endeavor. Are you publishing just to see your book in print? Or do you seek commercial success as a writer? If your only desire is to say that you are a published author, save yourself the time, money and headaches of trying to promote your own book.  If you do think your book is marketable, then by all means hire a professional publicist, but be prepared to do some work yourself. If you were one of the lucky few to be picked up by a traditional publisher, you obviously don’t even need to be reading this.

If you have published with a self publishing company, be very careful before buying any marketing packages. Unfortunately, some Indie publishers offer the sun and moon if you purchase their packages, but what they deliver is totally different. Yes, they will honor the literal translation of the contract, but don’t expect to see your book in any major markets.

I’m not trying to discourage anyone from Indie publishing. But be aware marketing a book is a long and involved process and there are no shortcuts. 


 Title:  Graywullf
Genre: Western / Fantasy
Author: Thomas Rottinghaus
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Purchase on Amazon
About the Book:
The Dark Wizard Lynch had lived several ages of men being loyal only to himself. But when he was accidentally rescued from certain death by the Warrior Lorn Graywullf, he found himself in the unfamiliar position of being indebted to another. To repay that debt, Lynch offers to help the Warriors reverse a spell that would wreak havoc on their World. Of course, he neglected to mention that action would serve his own interests as well. In the process, Lynch discovers much to his chagrin that he does still have a soul and a conscience.
He also discovers that the Warriors are fighting a battle they can’t win against a common enemy, a Wizard named Timon Backhelm. Only Lynch knows his complicated history with Timon, and the real reason he has sworn to kill him or be killed trying. But when Lynch realizes the extent of Timon’s power, he knows the only way to win is to initiate the creation of the Dragonspawn, a magical, physical blend of the strengths of a Dragon and an ultimate Warrior. The question is, will the Dragonspawn be loyal to those who created him, or will he simply destroy them all?

Thomas Rottinghaus has been an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, as well as a student of the written Word, since becoming enamored with J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" as a freshman in high school. Drawing from influences as varied as Tolkien, Stephen King, and Isaac Asimov, he wrote his first foray into the publishing world, "Graywullf: Book One of the Dragonspawn Trilogy" Thomas studied literature and journalism at Colorado Mesa University before pursuing other interests. He resides in beautiful Western Colorado with his wife, Lisa, a herd of barn cats and their friend Scout, a shepherd and Labrador mix.

Twitter: Graywullf1

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