This year, in recognition of the tenth anniversary of this international tradition, I’m going to discuss eBook piracy, a subject I’ve been meaning to blog/vlog about for a while.
Standard disclaimer: These are just the opinions of one author, who had his first book published (and pirated) this year–two significant milestones in any writer’s career. The content of this video also does not represent the opinions of my agency, publisher, or cat. Please share your own thoughts on eBook piracy as readers, writers, editors, publishers, or Cylons in the comments below!
It’s also apparent that I need a better camera to record these videos. If you vlog, let me know what camera you’ve been using and what you think of it. Thanks!
If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry, I’m about to tell you. Even better, I’m about to show you.
I recently signed up with teamTEENauthor, which was founded by Julie Cross (the author of the fantastic book, Tempest) in order to connect authors for teens with their readers. Great idea, no? One of the requirements of membership is to undergo periodic public humiliation, just like my entire young adult life. It’s like Truth or Dare without the truth option.
For the first DARE DAY challenge, a panel of teens granted us the following choices:
1) Get 5 complete strangers to sign your arm with a pen or marker in a public place and have someone take pictures of a couple people signing and of the finished product
2) Create and perform 60 seconds of choreography to a Justin Beiber or One Direction song and upload a video of it. You will be allowed background dancers (limit of 2). Does NOT have to be in public. The internet will be public enough.
3) Memorize one complete verse and the chorus to Nicki Manaj’s Super Bass and make a video of you singing it. Does NOT have to be in a public place.
For various reasons, but mostly for time, I chose the second dare. I apologize in advance for what you’re about to see. I have very little dance skill, and I have a difficult time hearing rhythm. When you’re done witnessing my documented shame, visit the links below to see the other authors who are participating in this DARE DAY challenge.
Pardon the radio silence around here lately. The quirks of publishing schedules often means that while you’re promoting your first book, you’re also working under a deadline on the second one. Lots of great things have been going on with Fair Coin in the last few weeks, but I had to shift gears and focus on revising Quantum Coin. (More on that later.) Fittingly, I turned in the manuscript to my editor on Leap Day–on schedule–and now I can start catching up on everything I’ve had to shove aside in the meantime. So much to do.
The biggest news is that even though the print and electronic publication date for Fair Coin is March 6th (less than a week!), some lucky folks have already received their pre-orders and you can even find it in some Barnes & Nobles stores right now. Thank you to everyone who has already picked it up and said kind words about it or sent me pictures of themselves with my book. This is already such an incredible experience for me, the best of my writing career so far. Reviews are starting to roll in, and so far I couldn’t be happier with the response. I’ll share some of those reviews and interviews here in the next few days and weeks, but if you’re curious, please drop in on the book’s Facebook page for the latest updates, and take a moment to like it: http://www.facebook.com/flipthecoin
To make publication day even more of an event, I’m hosting another giveaway on Goodreads as a kind of countdown to March 6. The prize for two randomly selected winners is a signed hardcover of Fair Coin. Click on over and enter. Tell your friends and enemies!
And in case you’ve missed it, here’s the book trailer what I made for Fair Coin. I had a lot of fun putting it together, and it came out almost exactly the way I had imagined. (Even if it took more work than I’d imagined.) I’m not sure how effective book trailers are, even though I have a little side business editing them, but I think they work best when they tease the book without showing readers too much. What do you think of this one or book trailers in general? Do they influence your decision to check out a book at all?
I’ve been wanting to try “vlogging” (video blogging) for a while, and a new book is a great excuse. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s my first attempt for the “Apocalypsies Now” YouTube Channel, in which the author introduces himself; pronounces the name of Fair Coin‘s protagonist, Ephraim Scott; and tells you why he publishes fiction under his initials.
I had fun making this, once I got over my stage fright. I’d like to do it more frequently on my own YouTube channel (maybe with a better camera), but if I do, I’ll need more topics to vlog about! So I’m taking questions in the comments: ask me anything about me, my book, or whatever random thing you want to stump me with, and I’ll answer some of them in my second vlog next week.