Here’s a little something I’ve been meaning to let everyone know about. It’s from friend of Podiobooks.com Kimi Alexandre. Here’s the email she sent me:
Gosh darn it…there needs to be an IMDB for Speculative Fiction.
Now I can hear the screams already….THERE IS! Ah, yes but does that one have marketing? No. Does that one have the authors themselves participating in it? No. Is it pretty and have places for your to advertise your site and promote your books? No. Does it list any one who has written e-pub or podcasting speculative fiction? No. Is it hip and up with the times? No. Does it have devoted fans keeping it updated and making sure all the pages look awesome as well as answering any questions when there is a problem? Well…that one I don’t know but I do know they are missing some info on a few people they list.
So MY Speculative Fiction DataBase can be found at www.specficdb.com.
I’m Kimi Alexandre and I have been running TaleChasing.com, a podcast for urban fantasy readers and writers for 4 years. It’s been nominated and been a finalist for the Parsec Awards. I’m also a professional voice actress and I’ve been on a ton of panels all over the USA (ok only in MD, GA, NY, and KS) talking about the things I love, writing, social media, and podcasting/voice acting.
Just like when I noticed there wasn’t many people talking on the net about urban fantasy yet (4 years ago) and created TaleChasing…I noticed there really isn’t anyone promoting writers and authors of “Speculative Fiction”. That’s when, after finding a really cool directory theme that works with WordPress I decided something needed to be done to get readers access to all the authors/writers in the genres that make up Specfic. I also went to go looking to see if anyone else had done it, and as I mentioned above saw that someone tried but that it was a bit outdated.
I wanted to jazz it up, use my ties to the urban fantasy and paranormal romance communities as well as the Podcast Novelist community and help promote them. I made a place for people who LOVE speculative fiction to find their favorite authors and works they might not know about as well as new authors called The Speculative Fiction Database or Specficdb.com for short!
It has a featured section on the front that shows pretty pictures and the people who created the fiction. It’s catch to get people to come back is two spots for free bits of fiction from the authors listed on the site monthly. There is plenty of advertising space not just on the front page but on the Genre listing pages themselves. It shows a thumbnail of your website and gives you a chance to include a bio, info about you, a list of your books and stories, and a place to show images of your book covers or your signings. I’m working on other cool add-ons like video as well.
So if you are craving fiction go take a look. We’re adding new people everyday. You don’t even have to be IN PRINT….podcasts and epub count! It’s only $1 to list yourself if you are an author (with a spot in the listing for your stories and books and other goodies to you) – so just go do it already! Right now…it’s not making me a dime. I’m in the red actually but it’s a labor of love and I LOVE and want to promote all the people that make Spec Fic so awesome.
There will be a mailing list just for those who list with us as well as fans of the site. Tons of marketing ideas are in the works to keep eyes coming to the site and if the old Speculative Fiction site could raise 32k in traffic a day I know I can. I passed out flyers all over Albacon and plan to as well as Philcon, Balticon and Dragoncon. At Albacon 9 authors wore my button advertising the site!
I’d love for you to come take a look. It’s going to be great. I feel it in mah bones!