Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter.
Crayon of the day = goldenrod.
I finally got to meet the lovely and talented Jenn Witte at the LA Times Festival of Books! She doesn’t have a twitter or even A CELL PHONE, yet she rocks Tumblr with her charming book art and I feel super honored. I even got a zine! Follow her! Reblog her! Buy her tiny books!
Huge thanks to Laura Zander of Five Thot for this superamazing article about Bookswap. If anyone needs me, I’ll be changing my business cards to say “Master Ringleader.”
See John Waters? See?
Today is a day of celebration — our birthday! And you all know what that means…WE NEED HELP EATING DELICIOUS DONUTS!!!
I feel emo about WORD on its anniversary. When it first opened I was living on Greenpoint Avenue. I remember walking in and asking Christine to please stock my book Hex Education. She was very polite about it! Six years is simultaneously not very long and a lifetime ago. I’m guessing it feels that way to WORD, too. Congratulations to my favorite bookstore on surviving and thriving as a neighborhood and an industry have changed around them, for better and worse. I am excited about what the next 6 years will bring.
Ditto the emo. All my love and respect to Christine, Stephanie, Jenn, Molly, Jami, and all the other brilliant women (and I guess there are men?) who made a place three subways away be undeniably My Local Independent Bookstore.
Rachel Fershleiser works on Tumblr’s strategic outreach team, specializing in publishing, nonprofit, and cultural organizations. Previously she was the Community Manager at Bookish and the Director of Public Programs at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, where she now serves on the Board of Directors. She is also the co-creator of Six-Word Memoirs and co-editor of the New York Times Bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning and three other books. Her writing has appeared in the anthology My Parents Were Awesome and in The Village Voice, New York Press, Print, Los Angeles Times, National Post, Salon.com, Fray Quarterly and several amazing print and online publications you’ve never heard of. She’s also great at making soup.
In our ongoing series looking to help authors do better events, we knew Rachel would be the perfect person to talk to. We chatted with her about the importance of community and collaboration, the best events of all time, and how well PB&Js can pair with PBR. We also got her fantastic advice about exactly how and why authors should use social media. ”When people tell me they don’t want to do social media I’m always sort of confused about, like, well why did you write a book?” Rachel says. “I presume it’s because you have things to say that you want people to hear.”
Here is more than you ever wanted to know about how to build an online community before your book comes out, how to pitch an event to a bookstore, how to secure bourbon cupcakes for your launch party, etc…
New year. New WORD.
Coming to Jersey City. 2013.
Let me see if I can get this right: AAAGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!