inter_linked is full of interesting and unique characters who fill their world with their individual personalities.
Here are some of the main characters in the story:
Possibly the worst agent working for SYMM, Synthetic Minds Management, Anny refuses to PAX androids and wipe the negative emotions from their minds. Unfortunately, this has gotten her into trouble with her managers and they gave her one last chance – but she has to work with the bitter and sarcastic robot WISR.
Growing up on a space station wasn’t easy, space was tight and the food was awful which is why her mom left to seek adventure on a faraway moon. With her father busy as Grand Captain of the station and only a few children onboard, she spent a lot of time with the robots instead.
Bitter and sarcastic, WISR was forced to work with Anny – as an android he has no choice and no rights. Understandably, this has left him more than a little displeased and he is constantly butting heads with her when on the job.
While he belongs to Nikolai Wise legally, Nik was not his original owner but it’s not hard to see that they are practically a matched set of sardonic derision.
A Roboticist at SYMM, Nik is cold and blunt – especially to Anny and WISR. Rumor has that the organization was forced to give him the biggest lab space at Headquarters due to his unusual experiments although it’s unknown if that’s true. What is true that no one is sure the last time he actually left the lab and someone was sure they saw a sleeping bag under one of the benches.
Sweet and bubbly but perhaps a little ditzy, Jalissa is an agent of SYMM and one of Anny’s colleagues – and friend. While she may seem like a bit of an airhead at first, she is also a master hacker who knows computer systems inside and out.
An agent of SYMM, Mirae is practical and logical and is something of a “mom friend”. She is one of the top agents thanks to her calm and rational personality.
Laid back and easygoing, Endon is an agent of SYMM and a knife nut, always practicing new spinning tricks and flips. He’s very proud of his speeder spaceship which can turn into a car.
Ahh, the humble notebook. This is a strategy I’ve employed for both of my recent projects and it has yet to fail me. The idea is taking down notes, ideas, and strategies for your writing project but keeping them separate from the creative flow of your writing. Or outlines, if you’re that kind of person.
In this handy journal you can keep:
Notes from books and articles you’ve read about marketing
Random promotional ideas that pop into your brilliant brain
Contacts and information about book bloggers and ‘tubers you’d like to work with
Strategies for making the most of social media
While mine is literally a composition notebook with glitter on it, yours can be a binder or even an exceptionally long word document. Whatever you choose – make sure it’s A. Something you really like using and makes you happy and B. Something you have easy access to all the time – a document saved on your home computer isn’t much help when you suddenly have the best. Idea! EVER! when you’re out and about
Here are some tips for the care and keeping of your new bestest friend:
Looks Don’t Matter
Some people REALLY like the very beautiful layouts and templates and spend a lot of time making them and organizing them. Some people write theirs with the careless scrawl of Winona Ryder on a murderous rampage.
Me, personally, I like to go somewhere between. I like doing the lettering because it helps me calm down and get my thoughts all in line before I write them down. But I don’t go crazy with ~ fancy borders ~ or even stickers, for that matter. So whether you like a more utilitarian approach or something pretty and designed, it’s all up to you. This is your book so do what makes you happy.
Have the Tape and Scissors (or Ctrl+X and Ctrl+V) Handy
The one downside of analog notekeeping – aside from having to lug it around everywhere, leaving it behind in coffeeshops, and the sheer and utter panic that comes from writing at that park when sudden rainshowers and/or pigeon swarms descend upon you – is that editing is all by hand. Actual copy-and-pasting. Mine are all kinds of cut up, taped up, and scribbled up. Be ready to edit, be ready to go back and change and change your mind. And have good scotch tape around.
Look At It As Often As You Can
It’s a simple fact that if you don’t use something, it can’t be useful to you. Easy, right? So make sure you’re taking a look at your notebook at least a few times a week if not every day. Treat it like a to-do list of marketing savvy, a TBR of book bloggers you so want to be friends with. You might not have anything new to add or change, but taking a look over your plans and making sure you have the ideas fresh in your brain, just all the time.
Put Down EVERYTHING
Is it a “”stupid idea”” based on a PSA you saw on PBS once and no one else?Put it down. Is it from a book you’re pretty sure outdates the internet to begin with and you’re pretty sure modern audiences “”won’t care about””? Put it down. Is it definitely derivative of an ad you saw for a split second whooshing by a local subway station when you were going express and in hindsight looked mighty vandalized so you weren’t sure what it was actually supposed to be?Put it down. Is it an idea for a book trailer that will definitely require a multi-million dollar Hollywood studio and the prettiest, most British actors money can buy? Keep dreaming. And also put it down.
What To Do If You Have Nothing to Add
Read a book about social media marketing, book publishing, book marketing, or community building. Take notes.
Look up articles or videos about a platform you’d like to work with (Twitter, Wattpad, Patreon, etc.)
Google “[genre] book blogger” and take down all of the info of that person – even if they say they’re closed to submissions, you never know if they’ll be open again when you’re closer to launch time or if you can convince them to take a look anyway.
You want at least 50 entries to start your marketing impact.
Find book trailers and websites of your favorite books, famous books, or books in your genre. Take notes on what they did and whether or not you think it was successful.
Keep fighting the good fight, writers, and I’m sure you’ll see it through!
Have a cool marketing idea or strategy you’d like to share? Leave it in the comments to help your fellow writers out!
I’m putting my shameless marketing savvy to work right now – read my book!
I feel like I fell asleep at my keyboard (again) in the wee hours of Sunday morning, satisfied that I had somehow slogged through another chapter of editing with the promise of energy drinks and dread to meet me in the morning only to awake in the depths of a Thursday I desperately wished was a Friday.
I don’t remember the last time I looked at inter_linked, only that it was definitely yesterday and also a week ago.
So there isn’t much to talk about this week.
I worked a little on my marketing plan, but I took a mini-vacation from the book.
You know, whether I wanted to or not.
I am on the hunt for the best, most talented, most won’t-kill-me-in-my-sleep-and-pass-off-my-novel-as-their-own BETA READERS to be a part of the most amazing team of reviewers.
Please comment below or send an e-mail to novemberomalley (at) gmail (dot) com if you’re interested!
Word Count: 49,463 (this went down in editing, but my hope is that I get to 50k again!) Number of Times I’ve Shouted “ROBOTS ARE PEOPLE TOO” At Someone This Week: 12+ ‘Meh’ Level: I guess I should write something…probably/10