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Obama, Chavez, and Huntress: The International Incident

 Year One book

This morning I found this photo of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez giving United States President Barack Obama a copy of Huntress: Year One, on http://pwbeat.publishersweekly.com/blog/. For those of you not in the comic book world, Heidi MacDonald is the comics czarina of Publishers Weekly and writes a very entertaining and educational column that isn't just for comics wonks...for example, earlier today she wrote a fascinating entry about a long-forgotten female cartoonist and her struggle to balance her talent with society's expectations.

What does this have to do with international diplomacy, you say? Well, recently promoting my book with email blasts and gift/review copies being sent out from Amazon shot my Amazon ranking up, and Heidi noticed and wondered...well, the book isn't bad, but...er, #10 in books overall on Amazon? #1 in Comics & Graphic Novels? #1 in DC Comics? #1 in Superheroes?  Yes. And I just never get tired of that word, "Superheroes."

Conspiracy theories abounded, including one that perhaps Chavez had given a copy to Obama, and that Ashton Kutcher had tweeted about it, but answer was, as Heidi pointed out, mundane: I was promoting my book and sent out gift copies as part of my efforts. And as many authors have found, this can create buzz, and in some cases, buzz on top of buzz because of the byproduct of sales rankings. Let's not get into a long thing about Amazon sales rankings, since as I pointed out when Heidi asked me to comment, even Amazon says their rankings are "interesting!" The exclamation point is Amazon's.

The book is now back down to #163 and although I hope it never gets back down to #293,801 as it was not too long ago, it might. You know, until I get the huge bump in sales twenty-three years later that Watchmen got. That always happens.

This bump in attention did remind me that there are a few very, very special attractive readers with excellent and refined tastes who felt the book was wonderful, and I hope they all email me so I can thank them periodically and check in to see if they still think so. It also reminded me that there are three very, very angry, furious fruitcakes out there who spend what seems like a lot of time and energy hating me. Now, one of them I always easily recognize as a particular woman we banned from Red Room who likes to try to "get back at me." Sigh.

But there are two others who I don't think I have ever met. One of them started posting hateful things about the book before I even wrote it. The project had been announced but I was procrastinating and hadn't even written it yet. He later refused to buy it but posted that he read a friend's copy, and guess what? He was right! It was awful.

And there's a third person whom I will give the benefit of the doubt really read it and hated it, which does happen, and that's to be expected, but why come after me for it? I keep thinking there should be a government program to help get these three people jobs and friends or something. I mean, if you're going to hate someone you don't know and take time to constantly search for mentions of them so you can make nasty personal comments, maybe...think a little bigger? Like a war criminal or former president? I can even think of someone who's both.

Anyway, I don't know what my real sales are, but I hope someday when I find out that the news is good. But you know what? Even if sales are "eh," I really like the book, and so did a few other people, and most people who didn't like it are nice enough not to waste any of their time telling others. Someday I'll have kids, and maybe it will be a rainy day, and they'll be riffling around for something interesting, find a copy of the book somewhere in the house, and it will have this picture of Obama and Chavez stuck in it and they'll ask me why I never told them.

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Whoa!

I'm agog, Ivory. I was looking forward to my copy before, but now I can't WAIT. You are so. . . international.

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Congratulations!

You have everyone's attention, Ivory! And so deserving to claim Stardom! This book looks wonderful! I read the reviews this morning, and I can't wait to get my copy! Something we're sure to see on the silver screen, perhaps with You as the leading role:-) It's an amazing story you Have to tell! Truly, Catherine Nagle

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Hi Ivory :)

have you considered writing a letter to both Chavez and Obama to mention this photo and ask about the background? As the the CEO of Red Room and the author of this wonderful book you may well get a response. Just a suggestion of course. :) I think there is no harm in trying. I can't wait to read my copy of the Huntress. Work has gotten in the way today but I am determined to read it as soon as is physically possible. Thanks Ivory. That is a seriously understated 'Thanks' by the way. :) Good luck with your campaign, I hope the momentum keeps up.

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Hi Ryoma

Despite your kind belief that anyone but the nine of us here in my comments section are paying attention, I hope you realize that someone I don't know created that photo, and then it was posted on the Publishers Weekly site by their comics reporter in an amusing attempt to explain why my book was selling well on Amazon despite my obscurity. It's not real. But it is so nice of you to take me seriously. If I'm ever president, I will give your wife's books out to other presidents in order to thank you for such a compliment!

Ivory Madison
Founder & CEO, Red Room

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Hi Ivory

Or should I say 'future' Madame President, Global Prime Minister, Her Majesty of Ivoryness or Empress Madison? :)

I followed the link to PW this time and read through the comments. Some interesting points of view posted there and eye opening about DC and Marvel's different approaches to providing books to their authors.

Thanks for the link to Gina's titles. :) It is much appreciated.

I got up extra early to read Huntress Year One before I started work and I loved it. Dark, gritty, powerful story line with fabulous artwork to complement your work.  Congratulations Ivory. I want to do a review but I am afraid I couldn't do it justice (Justice League of America just popped into my head LOL!) *but* I will have a go. :)

Gina is a bit like Helena in some ways and she's killed someone (fictionally though!) so it's hard not to like your character. Hmmm, I don't think I'll be getting Gina a crossbow for her birthday, just in case. :)

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It also reminded me that

It also reminded me that there are three very, very angry, furious fruitcakes out there who spend what seems like a lot of time and energy hating me. Now, one of them I always easily recognize as a particular woman we banned from Red Room who likes to try to "get back at me." Sigh.

One can only wonder what happened in the lives of these people to make them so wedded to anger and hate. I feel your pain. :-(

Ivory, how did you get your RR blog syndicated to appear on your book's Amazon page, too?

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I'm so embarrassed to admit this, Ellen

I don't know how to route the feed, someone did it for me. I do know that we are developing a feature on Red Room that will allow you to "publish here, publish everywhere" so you can post blogs and other media here and have it automatically be posted in numerous other places like Amazon, Facebook, etc. Stay posted for that.

Ivory Madison
Founder & CEO, Red Room

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Thanks for the response,

Thanks for the response, Ivory.  I shall stay tuned. . .

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hmmm

The size of the graphic novel is interesting! It must be the special mass market edition! ;-)

Randy Wong

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Great Promotion, Ivory!

Writing the book is only half of the job the rest is promotion. We can no longer really count on publishers to do that. Congratulations on a great p.r. campaign! You've caught the attention of the public and gotten your book off to a rousing start. Who can ask for more?! You go, girl!

I can't wait to read it!

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The cultural bridge

The cultural bridge seems to be the best one for better relations between nations.You did your part!You've entered History.

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Nice One, Ivory!

Your last paragraph sums up the spirit of RR which is the only healthy way to approach writing. Hope those sales figures will be collecting a whole lot of zeros!

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Thanks to everyone for the encouragement

Veronica, Catherine, Ryoma, Ellen, Randy, Darlene (I always love to see that picture of you with the dogs!), Abdelwahab, and Rosy,

I am committed to spending the next few years designing all the tools and creating the platform for support for everyone here to have all the success they ever wanted, and that is honestly more important to me than Huntress doing well.

Ivory Madison
Founder & CEO, Red Room

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Ivory's novel

Congratulations, Ivory! Both for the novel which I gulped down in one sitting while waiting for my chicken to cook...and for the ideas you are getting to help all us others who lack cross bows and iron fists.

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Way to Go, Ivory!

Way to Go, Ivory!

"I keep thinking there should be a government program to help get these three people jobs and friends or something. I mean, if you're going to hate someone you don't know and take time to constantly search for mentions of them so you can make nasty personal comments, maybe...think a little bigger? Like a war criminal or former president? I can even think of someone who's both."

Look in the Bright Side: You have Three Nemeses!

Huntress has, what, two?

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Just got the book yesterday,

...and it looks tantalizing. Congrats, and many thanks!

Cheryl Snell
www.shivasarms.blogspot.com

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read it in one sitting!

Ivory,

Just wanted to say that I plowed straight through *Huntress* the evening it arrived . . . and found my partner had begun it the next morning. : ) As he said, and I quote: "This is really good! It's been so long since I read comics . . . sigh . . . " : )

I suspect this one will be quite a hit. Best of luck with it, and congrats!

Peace,
Evie

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Breathless

I must say, before I opened the first page of Huntress: Year One, the cover artwork caught me breathless. More to come.

Ben Campbell
www.lulu.com/bencampbell

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Thanks for the copy

It is a beautiful book and I almost got it read when a friend came in and saw it. . . she coveted it so bad the only way I could get her to leave it for me was to promise she could have it when I was done. I love that the "huntress" is not helpless and stupid. Thank you.
Linda Jo Hunter
Author of "Lonesome for Bears"

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Hi

Hi Ivory,

           I got a copy of 'Huntress' sent by you today. I completed  it in an hour. Graphics are excellent, and story line is good. My daughter likes it very much. We are forward to see its movie in multiplax in my city in coming time, actioned by no less then 'Cameron Diaz' as Helena.Our congratulations and thanks too.

                                                      jitu 

 

 

 

     

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Huntress: Year One

Love at first sight. I wanted not to pre-judge, so I didn't flip through the pages of HUNTRESS: Year One. After thoroughly reading and examining each page this is my impression; the graphics are first class, the dialogue is concise, the story is profound. Like eating a bowl of mocha-chocolate ice cream, my enjoyment was instant and cinematographic. Ivory Madison applied Hemingwayesque dialog through graphics, beginning with a current depiction of the Huntress via Helena Bertinelli.

If you want exquisite visual entertainment purchase HUNTRESS: Year One.

You can see my review video of HUNTRESS at:

http://roguewords.blogspot.com/
or at:
http://www.youtube.com/user/RogueNovelist

Ben Campbell
www.lulu.com/bencampbell

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Ivory

You've got me hooked, girl! - Ann Seymour