books

Book Marketing: Participation 101

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.

Legend of the Guardians

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

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:

What are you reading?

 "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.