Book Marketing: Participation 101

  • Posted on: 23 August 2011
  • By: GreyHawk

Crossposted from Daily Kos.

As many of you know, Shadan7 and I co-authored a book called Her Final Year: A Care-Giving Memoir along with our wives. It contained many excerpts and elements of the care-giving process as we'd related it here in addition to a great deal more information taken from various & sundry other sources (emails to family, online LiveJournal posts, other blog posts and personal journal entries). After writing the book, we then had to figure out how to get it to market: the traditional way (find an agent or publisher via query letter) or the "new" traditional way (self-publishing, utilizing some form of e-book and/or POD publisher). Here's a brief overview of what we have done to date, the decision process involved and our current status.

In addition, we've also got a way for those of you who'd like to get a free copy of the book to take a shot at winning a copy for yourself and a friend.

Follow me over the squiggly thing for more information.


Saturday Afternoon Open Thread: Unknown History and Hidden Literary Perspectives, Vampires and Zombies Edition

  • Posted on: 12 February 2011
  • By: Open Thread

Funny, I'd missed that part of history class. And I was sure I couldn't recall any zombies in Pride and Prejudice.

Oh, apparently, the 'truth' comes out...(I wonder if the Tea Party, Fox News or the GOP will agree with this twist on history and literature?).

In any event, whether history and literature are harboring hidden encounters and stories of vampires and zombies or not, there's just one important thing to keep in the back of your mind while contemplating the possibilities: This is an Open Thread.


Legend of the Guardians

  • Posted on: 24 September 2010
  • By: Roxy

The film is based loosely on Kathryn Lasky's book series, Guardians of Ga'Hoole. Produced by the same digital effects company that brought us Happy Feet, the visual effects are reportedly stunning.  However ... according to the reviews at Rotten Tomatoes this is not a movie to take your kids to:

It's being promoted as "from the studio that brought you Happy Feet." But this is Angry Talons. 


The Twilight of the Harry Potter Series

  • Posted on: 30 June 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Yeah... The newest Twilight is out and making some noise in the theaters and even at Elena Kagan's hearings, too.. I have to admit that I have not read the books but I have seen enough of it in film version to know that I am not and can not get excited about it.

But "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"? I have read all of the books and can not wait for the finale! Here is the trailer for the first part of their film rendition of the final book in the series below the fold:


Saturday Morning Open Thread: Post New Year Bread Baking, No-Knead Edition

  • Posted on: 2 January 2010
  • By: Open Thread

The book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking (Hardcover) by Jeff Hertzberg MD and Zoe Francois (website) is a must-have for anybody who loves homemade bread but doesn't have the time to make it the old fashioned way.

If you like to tinker in the kitchen and have a little room in your fridge, and are pressed for time, you'll love this.

HawkWife made some at the Hawk household a week ago, and we'll be making more this week. It's fantastic, and you can have fresh-baked bread relatively cheaply if you simply get the ingredients ahead of time.

What are some of your favorite recipes that are low-impact to time and effort but yield great results? Share them in comments below.

And remember: This is an Open Thread.

What are you reading?

  • Posted on: 13 April 2009
  • By: susie dow

 "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains."

My copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance -- Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen just arrived. Yes. That's right. Jane. Austen. As in "the."

Need a little teaser? From the description posted at Powell Books:

As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton — and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers — and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. 

The only downside ot this particular book is it's on back order due to its popularity. Seriously.