If you’ve got a blog, or are in the process of launching one, the question of attracting a readership is a big one. Owners of static websites, who’ve found out the hard way that the act of simply having a website doesn’t bring automatic success, will be particularly skeptical of the idea that blogs are any different at all.
For those of you who are fans of the variety of book-related programs on Book Crazy Radio, I'm sad to say the site has gone down for good. If anybody's interested in getting another book radio site going, let me know!
Meanwhile, if you miss your book people by voice, check out the Dragon Page, which has an on-air radio program hosted at KFYI in Phoenix. this also comes in streaming audio!
It's always great to hear success stories. Larry Pontius, hardworking promoter and past advisor for the now-quiet WOLves Forum, has been getting lots of attention for his book, Waking Walt, with Disney in the news. See what he has to say below!
The 2004 DIY Book Festival is now accepting entries for its annual event honoring independent authors and publishers.
Entries must have been produced after Jan. 1, 2002 to be eligible for the awards. Categories for entry include fiction, non-fiction, anthologies/compilations, biography, poetry, fan fiction, comices, how-to and 'zines.
Last year, the children's book "I Love You More" took home the grand prize of $1000 as DIY Author of the Year and DIY Publisher of the Year.
Written by Laura Duksta and illustrated by Karen Keesler, "I Love You More" is a children's picture book that depicts a conversation about love between a mother and son, yet its universal message is easily applied to all relationships.
A flip-sided book that ends in the middle and begins from either side, it was created by two bartenders from Florida's South Beach who, starting from scratch, created a company whose mission statement seeks to generate a conversation about love around the world.
The book has sold over 100,000 copies as a self-published work and has spawned a host of multimedia accompaniments.
The book and other winners were honored on Thurs. Oct. 2 in a gala celebration at the Derby nightclub in Hollywood, CA. The evening awards ceremony benefitted the Beyond Baroque Literary Center of Venice, California.
Headlining the DIY Book Festival benefit were performances by X's John Doe; Paul Krassner, called "the father of the underground press" by People magazine; Adam Parfey, head of the cutting-edge indie Feral House Books; Pleasant Gehman, author of "The Underground Guide To L.A."; Larry Jaffe, International Readings Coordinator for the United Nations Dialogue Among Civilizations Through Poetry program; S.A. Griffin, poet and spoken word avatar; and Shawna Kenney, author of "I Was A Teenage Dominatrix."
The 2004 DIY Book Festival is sponsored by Soft Skull Press, Final Draft Screenplay Software, Alcasid.com, the DIYReporter.com and JM Northern Media.
The fourth annual DIY Convention: Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books will be held Feb. 5-7 in Hollywood. The grand finale of the DIY Music and DIY Film Festivals will be augmented by a full day of panels, workshops and speeches by some of the cutting-edge leaders of independent film, music and books. Passes get you into all three days of events, including our gala opening night party!
From Reveries Cool News of the Day -- "... If you want to reach the people who are reaching everyone else, that place is still the internet," says Carol Darr of George Washington University as quoted by Amy Harmon in The New York Times. And, in many cases, those people are political junkies. A new study by GWU's Institute of Politics, Democracy and the Internet, www.ipdi.org, in partnership with RoperASW and Nielsen/NetRatings, finds "that online political activists are nearly seven times more likely than the average citizen to influence their peers when it comes to telling them what to buy, where to go on vacation" as well as "which politician to support."
Before I went on my unintended hiatus, I was hearing rumors from newbie bloggers about how you can get a book deal by blogging. Sorry to burst anyone's balloon, but just the simple act of having a blog is not going to get you there. First, you need to be able to write very well, and then you also need to either have expert knowledge of a particular subject, or be well-known in some way. That's for non-fiction; fiction is an entirely different animal.
I seriously doubt publishers and agents are wandering the blogs seeking talent, when they have stacks of submissions to wade thru right in their offices. Please don't be sucked in by those who may not know any more about publishing than you do, and offer wild dreams of wealth and fame. There isn't any substitute for expertise and hard work.
While blogging is one way to help a writer promote himself and his work, it's not the whole enchilada.