Orblogs: Community of Oregon Weblogs—This is a great service to the Oregon weblogging world. I’ve learned about some interesting weblogs and met, cyberspacely, some equally interesting webloggers. The first few lines of postings pop up here almost as soon as they are posted. I love to troll down the listings and see the wonderfully wide variety of subjects people are writing about.
Child Safety 101—I talked today with a friend, Benny Mares, who wrote this book and told me that this Child Safety 101 website is up. Click on “Book” and you’ll find a nice blurb from Laurel. Benny has had an interesting career as a bodyguard, plus other security-related jobs, and now has turned his attention to keeping kids safer. I recommended Unlimited Publishing to Benny and am happy that his book ended up in such good hands. Marc Klass of the Klass Kids Foundation has praised the book, which is helping Benny’s promotional efforts get off to a good start.
Dan Poynter’s Para Publishing—If you’re a writer or a small/new publisher, here’s an excellent source of information and advice that covers every stage of the writing and publishing process. I recently forked out some $$$ to download Poynter’s 35 page piece on “Book Reviews: From Pre-publication Galleys Through a Continuing Review Program.” A lot of stuff on the Internet is just fluff, but this had lots of substantial practical tips about getting a book reviewed.
Using Poynter’s publication, yesterday I came up with a list of pre-publication reviewers I’d like Unlimited Publishing to send an advance copy or bound galley of “Return to the One” to. It was sort of dismaying to read on most of the reviewer websites (Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, The New York Times Book Review, etc.) about how many books they receive, and how few they can review.
Kirkus Reviews, for example, says they get over 200 titles a day. Wow. Their paper recycler must be ecstatic to have that account. But, hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained. And there is something strangely satisfying about the thought of having my book end up in a New York Times Book Review recycling bin. I sent my first book to the New Yorker, knowing full well that it wouldn’t be reviewed, just to be able to have the satisfaction of knowing that the book ended up in the hallowed halls of the New Yorker editorial offices, if only briefly. Well, maybe it just made it to the mail room. But still…I can say that my book was in the New Yorker (building).