The Tech-Empowered Writer- AWP Panel Resources

At AWP this year, I'm presenting as part of a panel on "The Tech-Empowered Writer: Embrace New Media, Experiment, and Earn" along with awesome writers Christina Katz, Robert Lee Brewer and Jane Friedman. Check them out, really! These three are ones to watch! The panel is on Thursday of the conference (3/1) from 1:30 to 2:45 in Boulevard Room A,B,C, at the Hilton Chicago, 2nd Floor. More info is here: AWP Conference Schedule.

I'll say the names of these three again: Christina Katz, Robert Lee Brewer and Jane Friedman. Outstanding, all! And go here for where I mention Christina's awesome book, The Writer's Workout!

But what I'm really here for is to add more content to the panel presentation so folks can find more links to others I think are doing a great job. I'll be talking about how I raised significant capital for my last two novels This Is Life and Young Junius by doing a highly successful (if I do say so myself) Kickstarter Campaign and a Special Edition Pre-Order event that I ran through PayPal. Both of these really put me in good shape to work with a publisher and to do a lot of the freelancer-comissioning myself! Totally awesome! Of course, none of this would've been possible without the support of my awesome group of fans, the Palms Mommas and Palms Daddies, who I connected with through producing my novels as free, serialized audiobooks (podcasts) that I distributed here and at iTunes. For more on how I did that, see this link and the upcoming online Author Boot Camp class I'll be teaching in April and May. Hurry, just a few spots remain!

So, what other writers are doing awesome stuff?

First, I'll start off with Jeff Shelby, who blogs here about how he set up his eBook Thread of Hope on Amazon's Kindle store and planned a release all on his own. And then guess what? Thread of Hope hit #1 on Amazon!! Yes, it did! Slid right past Stieg Larsson and everything! Jeff tells all in this easy to read and understand blog post about how he listed the book, made it free on Amazon to jumpstart sales, then contacted biggie blogs like Pixel of Ink and eReader News Today to let them know when it'd be free. Next up... well, read it all here. How Thread of Hope Hit #1 on Amazon

Second, let me tell you about Neal Pollack, whose piece in the New York Times Book Review here tells about how and why he decided to leave traditional publishing to put out his book Jewball himself. Neal used Kickstarter to build a source of funding and Createspace to publish the book in Print On Demand format. Know what? Both of these are totally easy to do. Read more about Neal in my post at AuthorBootCamp here.

Mur Lafferty, a fellow podcasting author, really rocked the Kickstarter world and broke the mold when she did this wildly successful campaign. Just look at the funding: 969% funded! Wow!

Want more? Check out podcasts by students of my recent Author Boot Camps and how they're connecting with an audience using just their voice, their words, and a little technology! That, plus more info and lessons from J.A. Konrath, Barry Eisler and Paolo Coehlo are at the site AuthorBootCamp.com. If you're interested in learning how to podcast and release your own eBooks, consider joining me for the online installment of Author Boot Camp in April and May. Filling fast!

Review, Reading and Books!!

First, let me just say that I'm currently developing a store page for this site that will enable sales of THIS IS LIFE, Young Junius and others in fresh, signed editions. For its part, THIS IS LIFE will be available in a special edition here that COMBINES the stories of THIS IS LIFE and CZECHMATE. I have these now in hardcover AND paperback! More soon. But if you can't wait and want to order a copy now, email me and we'll work it out!

Speaking of COMBINED versions of TIL and Czechmate, Elizabeth A. White stops the presses at her review site today with a fresh, enthusiastic review of the two books. If you're not ready to be gripped up by the plot after that, I have no idea what'll grip you!

Did I say grip? Yes, if you're in San Francisco and you haven't been swept up in Niners action, then come out to a special reading I'll be doing this Sunday (the 22nd) via the Portuguese Artists Colony! With its 5Pm start, don't worry, you can still catch some of the Giants/Niners. I'll be joined at this event by fellow MA native (and hopefully Patriots fan) Brittany Perham. Ira Marlowe adds music! It all starts at 5:00 at Fivepoints Arthouse. Come one, come all! (See flyer image below!)

PLUS: Do not worry. The K7 call-in episode of In Broad Daylight as well as the Final Q&A episode, hosted by John Mireau, are still coming soon!

Bay Area: Three Readings!

Hope you enjoyed the end of In Broad Daylight and that your New Year is off to a great start. I'll be back soon with more podcasts, but for now I just got back from the Yucatan and am PUMPED for two readings this week and another next Sunday the 22nd -- all in the Bay Area. If you're local, I hope you can make it to one (or more!)  

First up is in Sausalito Thurs night 1/12 at: 

Why There Are Words January 12 “Other Voices: Come Together”

This one's a star-studded lineup that I'm really excited to be a part of. Starts at 7:00.

Then on Friday night at Elbo Room in the Mission is Literary Death Match! Doors at 6:30!

I'm making my return reading at this event and will not go down without a deadly fight! Triad Death Match style! Believe it!

Info and tickets are here: http://www.literarydeathmatch.com/upcoming-events/january-13-2012.html

and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/335957923082317/

If you haven't ever seen a Literary Death Match before, you're in for a rare treat. These are awesome! See a video of what goes on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Spi05hnOwE

If neither of those float your booty, I'll be at a fine event in the Portuguese Writers Colony on Sunday 1/22 at 5pm in downtown SF.

Info is here: http://portugueseartistscolony.blogspot.com/p/readings.html 

Musical guest is Ira Marlowe. Will be great!

Hope to see you out and around! I'll be selling and signing special paperback editions of THIS IS LIFE/Czechmate [COMBINED] at all events!

 

In Broad Daylight - 16

Welcome to the penultimate episode of In Broad Daylight! Jess Harding, fully on the scene, taking control. Listen up!

Click here to download or listen to Episode 16 now!

What’s new here? Holidays is all. Getting ready for a very Palms Xmas and doing all I can to celebrate Hanukkah with the best of ‘em! Enjoy your present for the third night!

We’ll be back soon with more In Broad Daylight, and by that I mean the final episode… soon! Thanks for listening and enjoy your Holidays!

 

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