Thursday, November 22, 2012

Giveaway & Tour: Underneath by Michael Cargill

Welcome to my stop on the Underneath Book Tour!
I am so excited to have a guest post from the author, Michael Cargill.
He celebrates bloggers! Like a smart author should. LoL.
Also, I am having a GIVEAWAY for one e-copy of
Look at the person sitting just across from you. It doesn’t matter whether they’re a loved one, a friend, or a complete stranger.

Now look at their face. Are they happy? Are they sad? Or are they angry? Can you even tell?

How well do you actually know the people closest to you?

Have you ever seen the real person that lies just underneath what you see…?

Without further ado, thee magnificent guest post ladies and gentleman...


If an indie author deletes his work when no-one is around, does he still cry?

Hello, dearest and most beautiful bloggers, I hope you are well.

I’m Michael Cargill, and this is my guest post – hurrah!  First of all, let me get the indie author stuff out of the way: no-one knows who I am, sales are low, and  I’m so poor that I live on a diet of Opal Fruits and dandruff.  Whenever I want to send an email, I have to sit in the McDonalds car park and make use of their free wifi.  If I’m lucky, I might even find a discarded fillet-o-fish to eat.

Which is why you guys, the bloggers, are so vitally important to us writers.  I have to confess that less than a year ago, I honestly had no idea that the book-blogging community was so large.  Actually, it’s probably more accurate to say that I didn’t even know it existed.  Yes, I was a noob, but my excuse is that I’ve only been doing the author thing for a smidgen over a year now.  I used to consider myself a bit of a hardcore reader, until I started taking a gander around Goodreads and book blogs.  I was shocked to discover that I merely liked books, whilst the proper hardcore people lived them.

I’ve also realised that the blog itself is a very personal thing to the bloggers who set them up.  Whilst us authors think we are the hotshots, tinkering as we do with the imaginary lives of imaginary people, starting holy wars with anyone who dares criticise our work, and sulking at every review that awards less than five stars, you guys at the other end of the table are the real stars of the show.  By and large, you have far more power than we do and we’d struggle to exist if you went away.  Some authors realise this, whilst some don’t.  In fact, some authors are rude, arrogant arseholes who need a reality check.  If you’ve ever had an author attack you for a review, then they’re probably one of the arseholes I’m talking about.  If this ever happens to you, my advice is to roll your sleeves up.  Don’t apologise to them.  Remember that the blog is yours, and you have full control over it.  You have no reason to fear an author.  If they leave a nasty comment on your site, you should edit it to say something else.  Seriously, it’s what I would do.  If someone threw a strop on my blog, I’d change their comment to say something about bumble bees and ice cream.  I see it as the online equivalent of taking off, and nuking them from orbit.  It’s the only way to be sure.

Luckily, my experiences with bloggers and stuff have been good, largely because I try not to take myself too seriously.  I’m always very grateful for anyone who is willing to take them time to read my nonsense, and then write about it.  Sure, it stings when someone says bad things about my work, but that’s just tough tits for me.  Let it be said that if I ever get ideas above my station, you shouldn’t feel squeamish about giving me a swift kick in the goolies.

So keep up the good work, I say.  It’s you peeps that keep our world turning.

Author, humorist and satirist. Currently living in Surrey, England. Anyone wondering which book of mine to start with should go for Shelter from Thunder. It is short and available free on Amazon US and Smashwords.

Contrary to most other authors, writing is actually a fairly recent thing for me. In school I found it quite boring, and my real passion lay in IT and technology.

Once I got myself a thrilling office job, I developed a habit of sending silly emails to the people I worked with. Several of them said I should write a book... so, in 2011, I did!

It's been non-stop ever since. Sort of.

Twitter: MichaelCargill1
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