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The Business of Publishing: A Moderne DIY Book Tour

July 01, 2015 — by Joe Biel

This is the seventh post in our ongoing Business of Publishing series. This edition tackles one of our most popular questions: "What is the best way to organize a book tour on my own?" Many authors get stars in their eyes and don't understand that with 4,000 new books being published each day, they will not sell thousands of books as a result of a tour, if ever. But when I ran into this article, I was given new pause. And some alarm.

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Rampant Media Consumption - June 2014

July 01, 2015 — by Staff

Here's what we took in during the last month! Taylor Read: Dave Egger's What is the What and White Girls by Hilton Als Listened 2: Lizzie Mercier Descloux, Team Dresch, Gap Dream and a podcast called Expanding Mind on different states of dreaming Tried to watch Black Fish but internet connection was too poor, still recommend everyone check out.

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Aftermath of Forever: Relationships, described through music

June 23, 2015 — by Cyn Marts

At its base, this is a collection of short pieces about the author's previous romantic interests. Some lovers, some potentials, and some that she just loved in one way or another. The chapters serve as odes to each of the men that have passed through her life after a fierce divorce in her early twenties. Throughout the book, Natalye is very aware of the effect each man has on her life, both in the moment and long after. That awareness keeps her journey interesting, watching her wants, needs, and general lifestyle change and evolve with each passing beau, from her very open, early exploration of her own sexuality to casual exploits, and even falling for men she'd never expected to love.

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Sharing food and knowledge: An interview with Raffaella Tolicetti

June 22, 2015 — by Elly Blue

I had been a vegan cook with Sea Shepherd for three years at the time the idea of a book mixed with recipes and info on activism started to grow in my mind. On one side, a vegan cookbook to demystify the difficulties of vegan cooking, considering that during that particular campaign we had very little, I had to do all the food from scratch with no “intermediary” ingredients (no mock meat, cheeses, or eggs for example) and I had a lot of fun cooking with very simple ingredients, even when the conditions were hard (we got rammed several times during that campaign, were in the rough seas of Antarctica, and I still kept cooking the whole time!). On the other hand, one of my friends was starting his own campaign in Canada, funded by the Wildlife Defense League, and I felt I should support him somehow even if I couldn't be there physically. From that moment, I couldn't stop thinking of all the projects I wanted to give voice to, and not forget that while we enjoy a lot of our freedom in our every daily life, some people are in jail while defending the same ideals we share. I had put those thoughts into written words, hoping they would reach as many people as possible, even people that are far, far away from veganism or activism. This was my main interest from the beginning. There are so many vegan recipe cookbooks, you can find inspiration everywhere, so I wanted Think! Eat! Act! to bring something different. Having vegan info, recipes and then testimony from activism sounded like a good balance in a book, something new.

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The Kids are Alright: An Interview with Dawson Barrett

June 10, 2015 — by Elly Blue

In my mind, there are two main audiences for the book. The first is the most obvious. It’s for teenage rebels! I wrote it for young people. It’s their history. So, I hope they find it useful. I think these stories are empowering, and teens are an especially disenfranchised group. My own teen years were an exercise in correctly identifying injustices and then directing my anger almost entirely at the wrong targets. So, I hope young people will read the book and see that it is possible to vent your frustrations in ways that actually make positive changes. The future is in their hands. The second audience for the book includes teachers and other people who work with youth or who are otherwise interested in being their allies. As I think about it, though, this is really just an indirect route to the first group! I’m a history teacher, and all over our country, there are serious efforts to re-write the US history curriculum to downplay inequality and protest and instead promote empty patriotism and respect for authority. Those are the actual stated goals of one such campaign. I would love to counter that. My dream would be for high school teachers around the country to find themselves with a few extra minutes left at the end of class, and maybe talk about something a bit more exciting (like, say, a couple of stories from this book!). They are set up to be conversation starters: Why were the students upset? How did they try to make change? Why did they win or lose? How does this compare to your school experience?

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White Elephants: A review

June 09, 2015 — by Coco Gagnet

I began Katie Haegele’s White Elephants intrigued by the idea of finding magic in yard sales, because I too seek meaning in the conventionally benign.

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Breathe New Life Into This: Meal Deal With the Devil

June 08, 2015 — by Elly

Our intern Coco is funny and perceptive and has a hilarious Twitter account. So we plopped a stack of books in front of her that, for one reason or another, we have way too many of in our warehouse, and asked her to write social-media length descriptions of who the book is for, based only on looking at the front and back cover. She obliged, and we'll be featuring her analyses one by one in hopes of making new matches between books and readers. Here's our first swing, at the greatest little golden book you never had as a kid:

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Self-Promotion for Authors: Social Media Wrangling

June 04, 2015 — by Elly Blue

It happens all the time. I’m meeting with an author to talk about promoting their book….and they have that look in their eye—gleeful, nervous panic. “I’m going to have to start using Twitter!” they proclaim. I want to say “There, there, no you don’t.” But while that might be good advice, the opposite might also be true. Here’s a handy list of social media book marketing tips for the uninitiated: You don’t have to do it all Just because you wrote a book does not mean that you have to sign up for Twitter, open accounts on every platform you've heard of and some you haven't, or spend hours a day figuring out how to navigate various social media platforms while battling anxiety about spamming people or looking silly. If exploring the wide world of social media sounds fun, then go for it, but if you have limited energy for such things then choose your battles wisely. Use the social media that you already use If you’re already active on Facebook and feel comfortable using it, then by all means go ahead and make yourself a Facebook author page. Build it up the same way you built your personal presence there way back in the day—slowly and organically, engaging with your friends, family, author/publishing colleagues, and—increasingly as time goes by—random strangers. If you’re at ease and confident talking about your work and other topics you care about, your community will be too. It is very likely that you’ve written a book for people with similar interests and demographics to your own, which often means you can stick to what you’re already familiar with. But then again, you might want to branch out. Here’s the real litmus test:

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Rampant Media Consumption - May 2015

June 03, 2015 — by Microcosm

Here's a taste of what we put in our brains last month

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The Long Road to Consent: An Interview with Helen Wildfell

June 01, 2015 — by Elly

"I initially wrote about the topics in Consensuality out of emotional necessity. I was at a place in my life where I needed to reexamine how I approached relationships, and writing was my method for sorting through my own gender and sexuality. As I continued to write, I began to notice that certain emotional themes kept reappearing. For instance, the three R's in the book (Regretful, Resentful, and Respectful) emerged through the simple act of writing down my feelings. There were still many more insights to be gained after I began turning Consensuality into a full-length book. I focused more on uniting the themes into a cohesive idea of Consensuality, which eventually led me to realize that consent is more than a concept, it's a long journey with changing themes. Each time I reread the book, sit down to write something new, or just interact with my partner, I discover additional ideas about consent and how it works within relationships."

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