Join the “Street Team”!

WHAT IS A “STREET TEAM”?

Street teams originated with hip-hop and other urban contemporary music. Without the support of larger “mainstream” labels, artists found fans willing to help spread the word about their performances and recordings. They’d wear caps with the act’s logo, put up stickers and flyers around town, or just use word-of-mouth. Many also used the Internet, from chat rooms and social media to building fan sites.

WHY SHOULD I JOIN?

As both an incentive and a tool, I’ll provide you with discount codes for purchasing print copies.

BRICK-AND-MORTAR METHODS

  • Walk into local brick-and-mortar bookstores and order a copy of Lamikorda. You’ll likely have to place a special order, but then they will be aware of the title. Thank them profusely, and then when your friends ask about the book, encourage them to order through the same bookstore.
  • Know a science fiction fan? Give a copy of Lamikorda as a gift!
  • Donate printed copies to schools, clubs, coffee-shop lending libraries … anywhere you find books for people to read.
  • Talk up Lamikorda when a relevant topic comes up in conversation — science fiction, languages, culture clashes, future technology, et cetera.
  • I’ll be coming up with palm cards and swag you can buy and distribute, to help spread the word. Stay tuned!

ONLINE METHODS

  • Chat up the book through social media, email and other venues. Include links to the CreateSpace and Amazon Kindle online marketplaces.
  • Write an online review on Amazon, to help boost its placement in their online catalog, and to encourage others to buy and read.
  • Help connect with online reviewers — the more reviews a book gets, the greater visibility.
  • There’s also a Facebook page … link to it to keep in touch with other readers, and invite others to join.

So here’s the link to the CreateSpace marketplace page:
http://www.createspace.com/4759921

For the Amazon Kindle sales page:
http://www.amazon.com/Lamikorda-D-R-Merrill-ebook/dp/B00OUZFU5G/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1414239420&sr=1-1&keywords=lamikorda

And if you have more ideas, please post them in the comments below – THANKS!

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One thought on “Join the “Street Team”!

  1. Lamikorda by D.R. Merrill
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars
    So as much as I love sci-fi, I tend to find problems with the books I read. Some have a great premise and general storyline, but then the writing is hard to follow or there’s too much techno-speak, or the characters are flat.This wasn’t the case here! Right away, the writing style is both easy to follow and a pleasure to read. While some characters seem idealized, they’re still approachable and believable. The descriptions paint pictures of the setting with enough detail to immerse you while leaving enough open for you to fill in the blanks.

    The storyline is straightforward, with plenty of curves but no big shocks. It starts with the Alplai (a peace, advanced “avian” race – think humanoids with beaks, feathers and gizzards) observing a large asteroid about to pass the solar system. Then it changes course, which makes it clear to them this is a spaceship, and heading into the heart of their solar system. You’re walked through the planning of their initial expedition, the proposal by one of their linguists to find a way to communicate with them, the debates about what to do with the alien “Terai”, and the plans to settle them onto one of their planets. The perspective shifts from one person to another in episodic fashion, but the thread of the story still ties it all together.

    The setting describes major cultural groups, political parties, religions and languages. Kiitra is featured heavily here, first a few choice words (I noticed their time measurements, but the way they were written in, it was easy to figure out that zamei is analogous to an hour, megzamei to a minute, and enzamei to a second) and later whole sections of dialogue (where the author ingeniously provides subtitles in square brackets after the italicized Kiitra). Maybe it’s my having immigrant parents, but I really get the importance of featuring the language; the Terai represent immigrants and other minorities (or minority “others”) who have to learn to fit in with the culture and social systems around them, including ways of communicating; that includes body language, and the author has newly-arrived Terai learning about the subtleties of Alplai gestures and expressions early on.

    It’s clear the author put a great deal of work into crafting the Alplai and their world(s); there’s even indications that he/she/ze is drawing on a much larger body of backstory notes than what’s covered here. What is revealed is done through conversations, either across species or among the Terai (and the Alplai also talk amongst themselves about Terai culture, music and dietary habits).

    Some people might class this as a “utopian” novel, with the Alplai society being a near-perfect one, or at least way better than our own. I can see the case for it, but I think that’s a simplistic labeling. The Alplai are certainly more multicultural, accepting of sexual diversity, egalitarian and peaceful than American society, but they’re still prone to panic and xenophobia about the Terai newcomers, and the dialogue and descriptions reveal that this was the result of centuries of change. Another reviewer hear compared the Alplai socioeconomic system to the Nordic model of Sweden, Denmark and Norway; I think the parallel goes further than that (I lived in Denmark for a short time on a student exchange, and also met some Swedish students); even the anti-Terai reactions reflect the negative attitudes about immigration in that area of Europe, with the Alplai zon okhluu leaders citing what they perceive to be potential culture-clash threats between the two species.

    I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for a number of reasons. The “soft sci-fi” elements will give people a lot to think about and discuss, while the “hard sci-fi” would make Golden Age authors like Asimov really proud. The Kiitra language is an interesting challenge, yet still easy enough to pick up with enough study and practice (even the backstory justifies its regularity and rational structure). The descriptions are so vivid, it’s like it’s begging to be made into a mini-series or movie. Finally, the writing and the story draw you in and get you hooked – I’ve rarely read a book this long this fast, and it’s because it was so hard to put down.

    Shasha zra g’boziis nonsha zu eja’ganipojega!

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