Press: Textual Healing in Jump Magazine

So I had another surprise press hit regarding Textual Healing this month. A nice little feature in the Philly music magazine JUMP. I actually met the founder and publisher of the publication at the Technically Philly / 215 / VitaminWater event last week. Nice fellah.

Written by Lauren Gordon, the article talks about how I met Peter Marinari, the local acoustic pop musician that wrote songs based off my book. We’d known of each other through mutual friends, but I’d yet to actually meet the guy or hear his music. It was the start of an epic bromance.

You can scope out the full article (as well as some very silly photos), here.

Hanging @ My Desk: Portal Prints by Blimpcat

Not too long ago, my friend Allie exploded when she spotted these awesome Portal inspired prints on Etsy. And with good cause.

Printed on heavy, high-quality glossy cardstock, these 11×17 posters are just fantastic… and look awesome framed behind my desk at Quirk. The Things Nobody Did Before You Showed Up… print makes me giggle and reminds me fondly of the game, while the When Life Gives You Lemons… print reminds me to keep cool in the wake of poor reviews and dealing with difficultly marketing.

Ah, Cave Johnson. You were a wise, wise man.

My prints aren’t as elegantly framed as the ones pictured (I took these images off of the Etsy store’s page). I need to make a note to hit up Ikea to pick up better frames, as they are currently housed in $5 K-Mart frames. Bleh.

If you dig these prints, hit up Blimpcat’s Etsy shop. They’ll run you $20 a piece. Worth every penny.

Spending Time With Book Clubs: A Fun Way to Interact With Book Lovers

When it comes to marketing books, I spend a lot of time sending out press releases, chatting with book bloggers, and coming up with appropriately quirky online campaigns. This past Sunday, I tried something a little different.

I spent time with a book club.

The self dubbed Philly’s Best Book Club consists of 10+ members from the Philly region, who get together the occasional Sunday to chat about their book of choice. I was beyond flattered when they asked if I’d come talk about the publishing / marketing behind Quirk’s latest bestseller, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It was their first meeting, and they had decided to read a Quirk title. Yay!

It was a lovely evening. I spent about two hours or so discussing the book, talking about Ransom, Quirk, and the whole marketing / social media side of my gig. I a lot about the importance of book bloggers (I love you guys!) and talked about book trailers. It was fun, very low key and casual. I also brought a few books and some posters.

So why spend time with a book club with little to no web presence? Well, it’s a pretty fabulous way to interact with book lovers. One on one personal attention? Those readers are going to be some of our most passionate voices.

To my publishing industry friends and peers… seriously, this is one of the best ways to interact with your fans and consumers. If you see an opportunity like this, seize it immediately. “But I’m not the author!” So what? Book lovers are just as interested in learning about how a book gets into their hands.

Thanks for having me, gals!

Peach Picking in South Carolina: Favorite Photos

So that gigantic peach rose out of the sky like… like… well like a giant orange booty along the highway. To get a real sense of its size, you can see Kishwer and I waving our hands around in the lower left hand corner.

As fate would have it, we actually showed up on the very last day of peach picking season. With a storm on its way and the last of the season’s peaches currently ripe to the point of bursting, we were fortunate to show up when we did. We got “big reds” according to the sign in the stand.

I’m not sure what my favorite part of peach picking was. Climbing trees? Kicking rotten fruit at one another? Finding out that out baskets were made by prison inmates down the road? It’s a serious toss up.

You can check out all the snaps on my Flickr, but I’ve posted my favorite shots from the lovely afternoon in a South Carolina peach orchard below. Read more