Disappointing news for would-be campaigners

September 11, 2012

I’ve had a lot of fun in Rachael Harrie’s platform-building campaigns (or crusades, which is what they were called before all the bad press around the crusades got the name changed. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I was looking forward to the Fifth Campaign in the second half of 2012, but apparently, like Patrick Stewart’s visit to Toronto, it’s been postponed until 2013.

Now, I can sympathize with whatever else Rachael’s got on her plate at the moment, and nobody else can really run a full Writers Platform-Building event like she can, but if there’s any other blogging crusaders-at-heart out there, maybe we can still get together and have some bloggy, Platform-Building fun this fall. To start with, I’m hereby opening applications for a new Crusader Spotlight series, running from now to October 30th 2012. If anybody wants to start a Crusader Challenge blogfest, count me in! And let me know about any other Crusadey fun you can think of.

Crusaders ho! Who’s with me?

It’s Campaigning time! (But I’d rather be a Crusader.)

February 6, 2012

So, the fourth crusade is up and running, and one of the requirements to join is to post about the campaign and link to it. So that, obviously, is what I’m doing write now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve had a lot of fun with the third Platform-building Campaign, but I’m sorry, I have to say, to me, it just didn’t have the immense cool factor of the second Platform-building Crusade. I know that there were people who were offended by the word ‘Crusade’, and Rach made her call to change the name, but I just loved being a Crusader, and I’m a little sad that there were people whose feelings were hurt by that word.

If you don’t know what either the Campaign or Crusader are about, then basically it’s just a huge months-long fest of blogging writers linking to each other, getting to know each other, and having fun together. You can follow the links to Rach’s blog to find out more.

Moving on – Campaigner spotlight interviews! If you’re signing up for the Campaign too, and you’d like to do an interview and get the spotlight on your book or your blog or anything else you’d like to plug, you can reach me by:

  • Email at chrisken zero at gmail dot com (deciphering that email address shouldn’t be hard for anybody who isn’t a bot.)
  • Commenting on this post
  • Waiting for news about the Fourth Campaign yahoo group, which should be starting any time, and joining. I imagine I’ll be posting a call for Spotlight subjects there in the next few days.

If you’ve contributed an interview for the Third Campaigner Spotlights or the Nano spotlights in 2011, then I’d rather give new people a chance rather than give you a second chance, but I don’t mind you dropping me a line to let me know that you’re available in case I need somebody to fill a spot.

And, if you’d like to contribute questions for the interviews, post a comment below! I’ll probably vary the interview format a little, with a few questions that are sent to all spotlight bloggers, a few that are repeated often, and a few that are unique.

Hope to see you all on the Campaign trail!

Campaigner Spotlight: Brinda Berry

September 16, 2011

Hi, all, and welcome to the first in my new Campaigner Spotlight series. A little bit like JC Martin’s Writer Wednesdays, I wanted to give volunteers from the Platform-building Campaign a chance to speak on their own behalf, so I’ll be asking each volunteer three completely unexpected questions, and also giving them 100 words or less to talk about themselves and convince you to follow their blog!

So, my first volunteer is Brinda Berry.

1. Are you more of an optimist, pessimist, or exactly in-between?

I’m an optimist. Writers must be.

2. Who is your favorite author ever – you have to pick just one!

My favorite author is Stephen King.

3. Where, if anywhere, are your backup files?

My backup files are in Dropbox. Hackers, please stay away.. Oh my…that was a little pessimistic.

Why follow me? I feel a query letter moment coming on now. I need you, and you need me (see optimist statement above). I need to talk to people who understand writing trials and tribulations as well as the celebration of a good story. In exchange for your undying blog-following devotion, I promise to do my best in helping you become the next bestselling author. Of course, most of the burden is on you. I’m not witty, sarcastic, or amazingly insightful, but I do post software, marketing, and technical tips on a regular basis since thatโ€™s what I know.

Thanks for volunteering to be my first spotlight, Brinda! I’m one of your followers as of now.

A self-introduction for my campaigner friends.

September 1, 2011

Hey there, I’ve noticed a few people already dropping by from the Platform-building Campaign. I’m afraid I won’t be able to make the rounds myself until I’m back from Dragon*Con, so I’ll be starting around Tuesday, but I thought I’d say a few things about myself so that fellow Campaigners, especially my group-mates, will be able to get a sense out of who this Chris Kelworth guy is.

I’m Canadian. I get a steady paycheque for programming field service technician websites. I write science fiction and fantasy, for middle grade through adult readers. I’m trying to focus on rewriting my collection of short stories and submitting them to publishers.

I’m a huge fan of many things: Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Doctor Horrible, Doctor Who, Star Trek. I love to read Diane Duane young wizard books, just about anything by Larry Niven but especially Known Space, and also Madeleine L’Engle, Anne McCaffrey, Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea books, and Katherine Kurtz’s Deryni series. I’ve recently discovered the fun of going to fan conventions – which is what brings be to Atlanta this coming long weekend. (Never been to a convention as high-profile as Dragon*Con before, though.)

I have created fan fiction, fan art, and fan videos. I have a fairly impressive collection of portable digital electronic devices, and love to write my own apps for them when I can. I’m love National Novel Writing Month, Script Frenzy, and several other online writing challenges, and belong to a few local writer’s circles and critique workshops. I love playing games of many types, though I’m not a serious gamer in any particular type, such as console or tabletop RPG.

Thank you so much for dropping by. If you’re a campaigner, please use the ‘follow that blog’ widget or the NetworkedBlogs box to subscribe to the Kelworth Files, and leave a reply telling me something about you!

An inspirational story for crusaders?

March 6, 2011

IMPORTANT NOTE – schedule changes are coming to the Kelworth Files! Stay tuned for further details.


My boss at work knows that I’m interested in writing, and last Thursday he forwarded me this article.

It’s a short piece on Amanda Hocking, the best-selling independent author on Amazon’s Kindle store. Amanda has never had a traditional publishing deal, and posted stories on her blog before starting up a Kindle self-publishing arrangement.

She’s selling around 100,000 copies per month, according to the article, at prices from 99 cents to 3 dollars, and gets to keep 70% of the revenue.

Obviously this is a great success story in terms of a writer being able to market herself, if nothing else. Is it something that we on the Writer’s Platform-Building crusade should be aspiring to? I think that at the least, it’s a path that many of us should be considering.

What are you trying to build your blog platform towards? What would be success in terms of your writing, and getting it published, specifically? I’m not sure what the answers would be for myself yet, but I’m doing my best to think it through.

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