Sunday, August 28, 2016

On a road trip, intimations of book fairs and why they can matter to publishers

Book fairs are still popular.

While on a trip last week, at a rest stop I saw an announcement for a Green Valley Book Fair between Harrisonburg and Staunton, VA.

Later, when having dinner in Proctorville, Ohio (across the river from Hungtington W Va), I saw a local newspaper story of a book fair to open a local school, as an initial get together and a place for parents to pick up supplies.

There seems to be quite a market for “popular” hardcover books, used, with an artistically low ambition level relative to the interests of many authors, but necessary for public interests in areas like literacy.  They could become relevant to publisher business models.

Wikipedia attribution link CCSA 4.0 (JaGa) for picture of East Huntington Bridge

Saturday, August 06, 2016

OutWrite LGBT book fair holds exhibits today.

This was my first event at the DC Center, and first book fair since 2012 in New York, and even then I didn't have a table. I haven't manned my own table since 1998 in Minneapolis at LPMN conventions.
I did exhibit my three "Do Ask, Do Tell" books at the OutWrite LGBT Book Fair today, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, in the DC Center, in the atrium of the office building that houses it.

There were perhaps twenty tables, including a couple of independent book stores, fantasy and romance authors, as well as the DC Public Library ("It's Free") and the Signature Theater. There were multiple readings all day, with one of the largest being from "Queer Brown Voices" which will be reviewed on Wordpress soon.  Friday night, there had been a reading and discussion of "Love Unites Us", a history of gay marriage. .  

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Restoring Amazon direct sales links to some book review postings

Today, I have restored Amazon Prime direct sales links to a few books on this blog, and to a number of them on my new Wordpress blogs.

I had started using the Amazon Associates program on this blog in early 2010.  Sometime in 2012, it stopped working through Blogger, and I could not figure out why Blogger always gave an error on it. Eventually, I learned that Amazon had separated it from Blogger.

The program now requires the associate to generate the box links from his/her own Amazon account, bit it appears that the generated html can be pasted into any blog posting on any platform, or into a legacy blog file.

I will try to restore the links for more books over time, and add them for some films and music items.

 This will take a while, and at first I’ll emphasize the items that are more recent, or that are more likely to sell, or that deal with issues of more relevance to my own books and movie proposals.
Some items, especially music, are not available on Amazon but appear on other platforms, like
Bandcamp. I’ll look in to see whether active sales links can be implemented for these.