I've been busy lately, and haven't blogged very much, so this is going to be a sort of catch-all post.
First, WTF, American Idol voting public?! Sanjaya Malakar stays for another week? Do you not have ears? Are you purposely trying to torture my ears? It's a singing competition, not a pity party; yes, the kid is young and wimpy and seems really nice, but that's no excuse to vote for him when he can't really sing well at all. Gah!
Second, damn you, John Scalzi for stealing the rush on me with this! You all know about book trailers right? Those lovely bits of Youtube knowledge that advertise the written word. Well, now we have magazine trailers as well. For your viewing pleasure, the Winter 2007 issue trailer for Shimmer, narrated by my friend, Mary Robinette Kowal... and oh yeah, some guy named Scalzi composed the background music.
Third, over the weekend I got to attend EPICon, as noted in a prior post. It was fun! I got a nice exposure to the world of e-publishing, had some great food, and met with a good number of authors. I may get a few new clients out of it, which is even better. My client, Jeff Strand, was the MC for the Eppie Awards ceremony, and made all of us laugh our heads off. I'd tell him to go into stand-up comedy, but I want him to write me more books to sell, instead. =) Also, huge props to Brenna Lyons, who came up with the cool concept of giving everyone little beach stickers to mark who won each award, in our Eppie programs; highly appropriate, given that we were in Virginia Beach, and a ton of fun to play with.
Fourth, more client stuff! While we're on the subject of promotion, albeit briefly with the magazine trailer, I'd like to point out that a good bit of book sales hinge on an author's ability to promote themselves. The internet is one of the greatest tools out there for doing this, and if you're an author, you should really have your own website. Hell, I'm an agent, and I have two domains registered for my far-future authorial intentions (www.litsoup.com and www.jennyrae.com; they both lead back to the blog right now)--you never know when you're going to need a website to help sell yourself. Which brings me back to my client, Elizabeth Bemis, who writes me these fun romances to sell. Elizabeth has her business, which specializes in websites and author promotions, and she's quite good at what she does. You can check out her own site here, which I think manages to be both sassy and classy, at the same time. And if you're looking to get someone to do your website or guide you in author promotion, then you can check out her business, Bemis Promotions. She's good at what she does!