Friday, September 30, 2011

Writer's Personal Websites

One of the things I enjoy about scouring "the internets" for writing related articles and stories is checking out writer's personal websites and blogs. If I read a short story that I love you better believe that I am going to Google the writer just to see if they have a web presence.

A lot of authors do, but many do not, and many have really butt ugly websites. So I've decided to use the "Writer's Personal Websites" label (the label is listed over on writingsucks.com) to link to an author's site who seems to be getting it right. My first pick is young adult author and "fairy slayer" Amanda Ashby:

http://www.amandaashby.blogspot.com/

Monday, September 26, 2011

It's Hard Out There For A Pimp

Randy Susan Meyer's article on promoting a book, "From Writing Quietly to Screaming "Buy Me!"--Promoting A Book," sums up the task of selling your precious book, as she says, one book at a time. It's not the job most writers look forward to, and many including me, dread. Putting yourself out there, announcing to the world with a blow-horn or a parade float that they should buy your book is cringe worthy.

But as Randy reminds us, this is your dream so "suck it up" and get on with the Twittering, Facebooking and blimp rentals.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Diary of a Public Radio Slave now available in Paperback!

The book is now available in paperback on Amazon for $9.99--and of course it is still availabe as an e-book for $2.99.

It is almost Fall pledge drive season at most public radio stations. 10% of all revenue from book sales will be donated to public radio stations across the country.

I suppose you want to know what I am going to do with  the other 90%. Buy a candy bar? Buy a first-class stamp? Make wishes in a well? I'm hoping to make enough money to buy one box of diapers for the baby. If I have enough left over I may go to Arby's.

So 10% will go to radio stations and 90% will go to diapers and curly fries. That sounds about right.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Enhancing the Reading Experience

It's about time reading got some beats--bada bing bada boom. Booktrack.com allows you to listen to a soundtrack while reading on your IPad or IPhone. If you're reading about a whale swallowing a fisherman you're going to hear that briny sea water gurgling in the back of big blubber's throat. Well maybe not, but you might hear some ambient ocean noise.

Booktrack.com is being funded by a former CEO of Paypal as well as a member of Facebook's Board of Directors, so its got some star power and money behind it. I'm not sure if I need a soundtrack while reading my favorite book, but I think it's a great idea, especially for the kids/tween market. If someone can come up with that special sound a vampire makes when his skin sparkles in the sun I'm sure this app will take off.