Come Tell Your Story: The Geek’s Guide to Dating Webseries

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In case you’re wondering, they are using a Roku box. Somehow.

Hey friends and readers! I’ve got a fun little announcement / casting call (more on that shortly) regarding my upcoming book. To help promote the title (and because I thought it would be fun to do anyway), we’re launching a mini webseries tie in to The Geek’s Guide to Dating over at Quirk.

The premise?

Adorably geeky couples hop on camera and discuss their relationship in short, one minute videos, and dish out useful pieces of advice to other geeks out there. Playing MMORPGs. Starting a podcast as a couple. Sharing comic books. Learning how to cosplay together. Fun stuff like that, shot like those old couple vignettes in When Harry Met Sally.

The videos will be shot by the fantastic Andrew Gormley, who produced the beautiful video recap of last year’s Philadelphia Geek Awards.

Over the course of the Fall and through the Winter, the videos will be posted on Geekadelphia and on the Quirk Books website, and probably on here too. It’ll tie in with a fun contest that I’ll announce once the series starts.

Now, on to the even more fun part.

I’m looking for people to be in the mini web series! If you’re in the Philly area (or able to get here easily!), Andrew and I would love to shoot you telling your story for the series. We’re planning to shoot the series of the course of two days (split up due to the geek awards), but you only have to be available for one.

  • Saturday, July 20th
  • Sunday, September 15th

Want to be involved? Have an awesome story to tell or bit of advice to share? Then email me at eric@quirkbooks.com, and we’ll discuss.

OMG ARCS: An Early Look At My Book

So last week, several boxes of ARCs (advance reader copies) of The Geek’s Guide to Dating arrived in the Quirk Books office.

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Needless to say, I was really excited. I took to all my social networks and posted pictures. I constantly try to hide my eagerness about the book at work, but my coworker Mari, one half of Quirk’s publicity super team, always manages to call me out on that nonsense.

It’s a really awesome feeling seeing the book in person, even though its just an advance print. These are black and white (save for the cover and back), paperback, and unedited.

The finished copies will be full color, hardcover, and completely touched up by the awesome crew at Quirk (all of whom I have the pleasure of working with everyday). Also, all of Kickpixel’s gorgeous illustrations will be in full color.

The LibraryThing giveaway for the ARCs just wrapped up earlier this week, closing out at over 500 requests. The Goodreads giveaway is still going strong until July 7th, and is at a little over 400. All quite good considering this isn’t a novel, and those are the books that usually blow up the most on those networks.

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Also, a big thank you to my pal Chris Urie, who stayed up late this week helping me read through the book, checking and double checking the references and jokes.

So yeah! Exciting times, dear friends and readers. If you’d like to request one of these review copies, drop me a line! Let’s make it happen. Can’t wait to see the finished hardcover advances in the Fall!

Few more photos after the jump! Read more

The Geek’s Guide to Dating: ARC Giveaway on Goodreads & LibraryThing!

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Hooray! Early review copies of The Geek’s Guide to Dating are available on Goodreads and LibraryThing! There are 50 ARCs available on both networks. That’s 100 books! OMG!

GOODREADS

http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/47909-the-geek-s-guide-to-dating

LIBRARYTHING

http://www.librarything.com/er/list#13859216

For those of my friends who don’t know what ARCs are, they are Advance Reader Copies. So you’ll be looking at an unfinished version of the book. It’ll be a black and white paperback instead of the hardcover, will be missing some illustrations, and will still be in the process of copyediting.

But hey! It’s your chance to get an early look! And hopefully you like what you see!

And bonus! If you win an ARC on either Goodreads or LibraryThing, I’ll send you a poster with it! 

The Goodreads giveaway runs until July 8th and the LibraryThing one will wrap up at the end of the month. So go ahead and enter!

To my blogger and media friends that might be checking this out, if you’d like to request an advance copy for review purposes, be sure to drop me a line at eric@quirkbooks.com, and I’ll put you in touch with Quirk’s (super fabulous!) publicity crew.

And remember, the book is totally available for pre-order right now! Go head, pre-order a copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local indie bookstore. It hits bookstores everywhere on December 3rd.

A/S/L: Reading at the Philly.com HQ

During this year’s Philly Tech Week, I sat on a panel with Anna Goldfarb (Shmitten Kitten, author of Clearly I Didn’t Think This Through) and online dating expert Erika Ettin. The plan? To talk about the intersection of love and technology… namely, how we’ve used online dating.

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Our friend Leah Kauffman brought us in to the Philly.com HQ, and had a serious spread set up. Anna read an essay from her book, Erika told some stories, and I shared a piece from The Geek’s Guide to Dating… and surprised myself by telling the story of how I met my girlfriend.

Originally I planned to just read from the book, but after Anna and Erika told me they would be sharing personal stories, I wanted to jump in. So, I watched as my girlfriend blushed and hid her face while I told our cute OkCupid story, and was thrilled at the response to the Geek Guide intro.

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I also gave out these cute postcards!

Since it was the first time I shared anything from the book in public, I thought I’d post a few pictures from the event. You can see more coverage and photos from the event over on Philly.com and on Ring The Alam (where I stole that top photo from, Melissa you’re awesome!).

Leah and her team at Philly.com really went all out. Thanks for such a wonderful evening. Read more