Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Piece on Writing up at BLEED

So I'm at the AWP Conference this past February, at a panel on digital technology and book promotion, when this woman gets up and starts giving away the farm on how to promote your book online. Facebook, Titter, Scribd, Bitly (Bitly?), she covered everything, and gave step-by-step details on how to make it work for you. I went to ten or so panels during the three-day conference and took nary a note until this one, and I think I wrote every word she said. When she finished, she said her name was Debra Di Blasi, her publishing company was Jaded Ibis Productions, and also, "If you have questions, go ahead and contact me. I'm notorious for giving up too much time to strangers online."

While incorporating one of her marketing techniques, I contacted her, and sure enough she ushered me, the complete stranger, through my issue. You know how you remember folks who help you when they absolutely don't have to? Yeah, me too.

So I sent a piece to Jaded Ibis for publication, to their blog actually, which is called BLEED, and it popped up this morning. This is a short one about how I learned the most important writing lesson of my life while working at an actuarial firm in San Francisco. What's an actuarial firm? Read to find out.

Thanks to Elizabeth Earley for saying yes to this one.

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What I'm working on...

...besides getting ready for my one-day self-publishing seminar at the Attic at the end of this month, where there is still room for you.

-Novel Four, which is about tribute bands;

-A short story about Alex Trebek and Arizona musicians that I think is finally done;

-An essay about my high school friend Randy and I going to see Stevie Ray Vaughan four times;

-An essay about Morrissey and chewing tobacco;

-An essay about why no one wants their novel called a rock novel;

-Ghost Notes the screenplay;

-A short story about Wrigley Field that is not even close;

-Badge review submissions.
 
Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Piece on Self-Publishing at Nick Belardes's Site!!!

It's a foregone conclusion you're signing up for my self-publishing seminar at the Attic at the end of this month, but I am also publishing essays on writing and self-publishing in April. The first popped up today at fab writer Nick Belardes's site, so after you sign up for the class, go here.

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Take my One-Day Self-Publishing Seminar this Month at the Attic!!!

In six hours on a Sunday, I will cram your head full of my decade of self-publishing knowledge, and you'll like it. If you're thinking about self-pubbing in 2014, you don't want to miss this. Space still available. Sign up now at the Attic.

On the Badge front, you'll want to take a look at this exhaustive review by Rob McNelly of all three of my novels. I respond at length at the end. Topics include what's fiction and what's non-, the endings of all three books, and much more. Read it here.

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Badge Kickstarter Complete!!!

After my readings this past week in LA and SF, I've come to the end of Badge's Kickstarter cycle. Badge is published, rewards are sent, events have happened. I published and promoted Badge and didn't go into the poor house to do it. (I did go over budget about $100, but that's not the poor house.)

I could not be more thrilled to have gotten this chance. Thanks for helping me make it a reality, folks.

What's next for Badge? Time for new rock lit readers, and that means searching every nook and cranny to find them. Book deals? Yes. Ebook promotion? Yes. More readings? Yes. Bugging you later? Probably. I'm working on all of it.

But this week I'm going to take a breath and enjoy what we've accomplished together. I hope you're loving Badge, and if you don't have a copy yet, I know where you can get one.

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Badge SF and LA Events This Week!!!

Badge Tour takes me to two California events this week!

My Los Angeles shindig will go down and Stories in Echo Park on Wednesday and will include a brief reading from Badge, along with readings by two other rock-tinged novelists Duke Haney and Rob Roberge. If you followed my blogging about rock novels in 2013, you know how fond I am of both these writers.

My San Francisco soiree happens at Alley Cat Books this Thursday and will also include a brief reading from Badge, along with readings by two cool Bay Area writers Meg Pokrass and Grant Faulkner. So pleased to be heading back to my old stomping grounds and reading with these folks.

Free admission, of course. Q & As to follow. These are my only CA appearances in 2014. Come out and see me!

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Monday, March 10, 2014

My Phoenix Event this Wednesday Includes Special Refreshments Element!!!

Any Art Edwards book tour would not be complete without a giant dollop of Refreshments nostalgia, and that's just what you'll get if you come to my event this Wednesday, 3/12, at 7:30 PM at Phoenix's FilmBar. You'll of course get a good dose of my latest novel Badge, plus a PowerPoint Presentation to set the scene. But you'll also get a short reading from my work-in-progress, a memoir about--yep--my time in the Refreshments. Its working title is Eighteen Ways to Destroy Your Rock Band: My Life in the Refreshments, and I'll read a bit from an early part of the story when the stars align one night in the Sonoran Desert and three drunk guys from Tempe wander into their destiny.

Refreshments fans, you are not going to want to miss this. The admission is free, and there will be drinks. Who's on board? Say you're coming at the Facebook event page.

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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