Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for the 'Promotion' Category

What my Patreon patrons got in January 2022

Monday, January 31st, 2022

Here’s what my US$3-and-up patrons got on Patreon in January 2022: Video: my TEDx talk “To Live Forever — Or Die Trying” Audio: the first of three hour-long episodes of “Other Worlds, Other Minds: A Science Fiction Odyssey,” a documentary series I wrote and narrated in 1985 featuring in this episode interviews with Spider Robinson, […]

Trying out Facebook advertising

Sunday, January 30th, 2022

Trying out a little Facebook advertising for my latest novel, The Oppenheimer Alternative; we’ll see how it goes. This ad will run for the next week aimed at people 18 years and older in the US who have selected “science fiction magazines” and/or “hard science fiction” as areas of interest. The link goes to the […]

Getting good press for your novel

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Many years ago, I attended a talk by Cynthia Good, publisher of Penguin Canada. When asked what was the first thing she looks for in a book submission, she said, “A way to get the author on TV.” I’ve now got over 400 TV appearances to my credit, and an equal number of radio interviews […]

An interview on marketing and promoting your book

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Ten years ago today, Tee Morris interviewed me for his “Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy” podcast about the business of marketing and promotion for authors. I think most of it is still quite relevant today, so here it is, a decade on (MP3; runs 35 minutes). Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • […]

Ten years since the Rob & Bob tour of 2005

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

On April 18, 2005 — ten years ago today — the second “Rob and Bob” book tour began, with Tor Books and H.B. Fenn & Company sending Robert J. Sawyer and Robert Charles Wilson on a cross-continent book tour together. Bob was promoting his novel Spin (which went on to win the Hugo Award) and […]

Triggers book tour dates

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Robert J. Sawyer‘s twenty-first novel, Triggers, comes out in hardcover on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 — and Wonder, the concluding volume of his acclaimed WWW trilogy, comes out in paperback that day. Join him on his book tour for events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Waterloo, Hamilton, and Ottawa: Official […]

Canadian book tour for Wonder

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Here’s the current itinerary for the Canadian book tour for Wonder, third and final book in the WWW Trilogy (more events will be added when they are confirmed, and the up-to-date list will always be here). All events are free, except for the mega-three-author blowout in Calgary, which is in a fancy theatre; that one’s […]

Awesome book trailer for Watch

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Check out this awesome book trailer for my novel Watch — it’s like a mini-movie, with a full cast. Way, way cool! (Also available on YouTube.) Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsgroup • Email

More authors’ copies means more press

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

I was asked at the Canadian Book Summit yesterday if I could change one thing about what my publishers do, what would that be? A better answer than the one I gave has occurred to me: Give the author more free copies to distribute for promotional purposes. (Believe it or not, boilerplate contracts from most […]

311-page free holiday book sampler: Sawyer, Hamilton, Doctorow, 9 more!

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Books make terrific holiday gifts, but finding perfect books for friends and family can be a time-consuming challenge. If only if the bookstore could come to us. Thats the idea behind this In the Nick of Time! holiday sampler PDF. Inside are excerpts from a dozen new novels and nonfiction books by these bestselling authors, […]

Should you do a book tour?

Monday, October 19th, 2009

I got asked today by a new writer if it was worth touring for a second book, and whether I’d done that for my own second novel, Far-Seer. My reply: The first thing to remember is that Far-Seer came out 17 years ago: before the World Wide Web, or any of the social media associated […]

Latest issue of Rob’s print newsletter

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

The 25th issue of my occasional print newsletter (SFWRITER.COM: News from the Robert J. Sawyer Web Site) is going in the mail shortly. I send it to media, bookstores, and so on, but if you’d like a copy you can download a PDF right here (and back issue are here). The Robert J. Sawyer Web […]