Tuesday, October 10, 2017
I got a press release concerning a “Lit Crawl LosAngeles” to be held in North Hollywood.
The event will include many LGBTQ books according to what I am told.
The group sets up book and literature fairs in various cities. The word “crawl” comes from the idea of a “pub crawl” (like in the UK movie “World’s End”). I wonder if the event has occurred in Minneapolis (in the Uptown area near the Lagoon Theater is the obvious place).
The press release from PlatformMedia Group(site requires Adobe flash) reads:
“We’re are aware how busy the book season is around this time of year so we’d hope to get this on your radar ASAP.
“We’re pleased to announce this year's Lit Crawl® L.A. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. For the FIFTH consecutive year, thousands of literary arts lovers from throughout Southern California are expected to converge in the North Hollywood Arts District for one night of “literary mayhem.”
“As you might recall, Lit Crawl is a choose-your-own literary adventure experience featuring dozens of restaurants, theaters, galleries, bars, and other unique venues hosting literary events over the course of three rounds. From readings to performances, the 5th annual Lit Crawl L.A. will be an unforgettable—and entirely walkable— experience.
“I can’t guarantee this but I think that besides the Festival of Books, the Lit Crawl is one of the four or five biggest annual literary events in LA.
“We hope you have an opportunity to feature it and we’ve attached our press release and the full schedule for your reference.
“We’d also be happy to coordinate any interviews with the founders or participants. If you need anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact me.”
I was last in LA in 2012 (including West Hollywood, including the Abbey).
Saturday, October 07, 2017
Noam Chomsky has a new book, “Global Discontents: Global Conservations on the Rising Threats to Democracy”, which he explains in an interview for “The Nation” with David Barsamian and also an arlier conversation with Tom Dispatch (link ).
Trump’s “buffoonery” is said to exaggerate the tribal politics of resentment that builds on earlier problems with right-wing based capitalism: that many people never get the skills to “compete” and wind up subservient to those with more economic power.
The problem with “personal responsibility” ideology is that the world has become meaningless to a lot of people left behind.
Friday, October 06, 2017
Yesterday, I reviewed a “short film” on whether a companion star to ("Dog Star") Sirius (the brightest in the night sky) could ever become a supernova and fry us; that reminded me of a book I read in the late 1980s, “The Sirius Mystery: New Evidence of Alien Contact 5000 Years Ago”, by Robert K. G. Temple (UK). The book was reissued in paper in 1998. I think I have the hardcover somewhere; maybe it will turn up as I move soon.
The book presented supposed evidence from ancient Egypt, as well as the Dogon in Mali in Africa. The Dogon have interesting beliefs about human sexuality developed.
But Sirius is a much larger star than the Sun, and may not have been stable as long as the Sun, long enough for a civilization on a planet to develop. The presence of a white dwarf perturbing orbits of any planets could complicate things.
Wikipedia attribution link by SenaniP CCSA 3.0 of Circumcision Cave in Mali.
Friday, September 29, 2017
A blogger in Australia had a cookbook withdrawn after it was revealed she had apparently lied about charitable donations she had made, and apparently was fined. It isn’t necessarily the case that American law would have treated her conduct the same way. Here’s a typical news story. Amazon has a database entry for the book but says it is "unavailable".
But what was also interesting about the case that the publisher, Penguin, had given her “media training” and then put her on notice about questions concerning her charitable giving. That’s the first time I’ve heard of this issue coming up between a trade publisher and an author.
However trade publishers are concerned about the “conduct” of their authors. Simon and Schuster withdrew publishing Milo Yiannopoulos in February (“Dangerous”) after a supposed “scandal”, which I’ve discussed elsewhere (I think the matter was greatly overblown by the media and not based on the real facts). Milo went on to self-publish the book.
When trust or estate money is invested in media projects (especially independent film), concerns can arise over whether beneficiaries have been properly notified.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
A lost essay, in cursive penmanship,Jenn found in the New York Public Library, called “Individual Influence”, by a former slave, George Moses Horton, back in 1817, is said to predict today’s debate on free speech on campus. The poet had worked on a plantation near Chapel Hill, NC. site of today’s UNC.
Jennifer Schuessler presents the material in the New York Times, although the manuscript handwriting is very hard to read.
The piece is said to be a 500-word sermon.
One of his most important poems is “Of Liberty and Slavery”.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Andrew Sullivan offers a booklet-length article in New York Magazine Sept. 19, 2017, “America Wasn’t Built for Humans” with the byline “Tribalism was an urge our Founding Fathers assumed we would overcome; And so it has become out greatest vulnerability”.
The article roughly equates American tribalism with hyper partisanship, but it also promotes intellectual reduction, especially the over broad ideas of what comprises a “hate crime” or “white supremacy”. It seems intellectually lazy but also reflects on what my own mother used to call “real life”. He points out how Chadwick Moore was ostracized merely for giving Milo Yiannopoulos credibility in an otherwise reasonably funny and critical piece in “Out”.
I certainly experienced the same sort of tribalism in many episodes of my own life, as leftist leadership in much of the gay community demanded loyalty to its own imposition of identity politics
Sullivan sees our historical denial of our “tribal nature” as a flaw in the way the nation was set up after the Constitution was adopted. Then later, this little snarky, timocratic gem: “One of the great attractions of tribalism is that you actually don’t have to think very much.” You can watch your whole life’s output grow less bad.
Sullivan refers to Sebastian Junger’s “Tribe” (WP review) and Wades’s “A Troublesome Inheritance” (review), where civilization tried to gnaw away at tribalism.
Thursday, September 07, 2017
"Real Fast Indie Marketing" for self-published books to wholesalers and independent bookstores presented in webinar
I got an email informing me of the “Real Fast IndieMarketing” service by Amy Collins (emailed by New Shelves Books).
Amy offers classes and webinars, and there is a 2-hour video of some of the classes.
Amy stresses several important points. Independent and chain bookstores often do well with physical books, even though the popular myth is that Amazon kindle and BN Nook are destroying books. Her course material (there are packages that range up to about $700) cover how to design a marketing campaign, which should start before the self-publication of a book, either by a print run or by POD.
She stresses the importance of finding a wholesaler. Ingram may not be willing to wholesale self-published books and POD unless through its affiliated Ingram Sparks; but I know that other POD companies (Authors’ Solution) do offer packages that include wholesaling and independent bookstore campaigns.
She says that there are reputable companies that do provide third-party reviews.
She emphasizes that authors need to learn people skills and awareness of the business needs of stores.
She suggests that authors spend 20-30 minutes on marketing every weekday starting before publication. Well written cover letters and marketing plans are essential.
She spends sometime on niche books, which can sometimes be placed in specialty stores like gift shops. Hospitals, airports, supermarkets, convenience stores, pet or sporting goods (depending on content).
She talks about cover design. If you have a science fiction novel set on another planet, show what a community on this other planet would look like.