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Author: Adam Robinson

Advice for Scheduling Your First Reading Tour

Writer and good person Andrew Squitiro emailed me recently, asking for some tips on setting up a book tour. He hosted me in Norfolk at his own series one time, so I started writing him back and didn’t stop, then I revised my thoughts for mass consumption. If Andrew emails you, hook him up! How many cities are you trying to go to? Do you have particular places you want to hit? Are you traveling with anyone? Driving? How much flexibility do you have, timewise? How many people do you think will attend your events? Do you prefer certain types of...

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Infographic: Publicist Slush Pile

Here’s what five days worth of mail received at the Bustle office looks like. Something to keep in mind when trying to figure out why your book isn’t getting reviewed. Publicists: @bustle moved. Here's the mail that isn't getting to our new office. Email if you need our new contact. pic.twitter.com/10XewkXeGB — Meredith Turits (@meredithturits) February 16, 2015...

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Curbside Splendor Submissions

This just in, from Curbside Splendor: Curbside Splendor is seeking submissions! Send us your novel, your memoir, your collection of stories, essays, or poetry. Send us your magnum opus, the book that has your whole heart and more. We want to read it. And maybe we’ll publish it. To submit, view our submission guidelines, and visit our online submission portal....

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The Making of “Bloodletting in Minor Scales”

Plays Inverse is a Pittsburgh-based press that publishes plays in book form. Go back and say the name again. See? That’s exactly what the publisher, Tyler Crumrine, is doing. The interior of the second release, Bloodletting in Minor Scales by Justin Limoli, is beautifully designed, resembling a collection of poetry as much as a play. The text is all over the place: “Stage Fright” and “Mental Ward” are listed as characters, as is “Justin”—a “ghostly figure that haunts the ongoing existence of the play.” Godot appears impatiently and Mental Ward tells him, “Not yet.”  Bloodletting is obsessed with its writing, and the beginning of the...

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Bookperk, Ebooks and HarperCollins

Indiebound, B&N, Kobo, Amazon, iBooks, Google. There seem to be more ways to buy eBooks than “regular” books. 0s & 1s, anybody? Atavist? Scribd? Emily Books? Reader, do you buy eBooks? How? Here’s something: Bookperk, a program from HarperCollins that offers eBooks from the HarperCollins catalog for $1.99 (sometimes $2.99, but always darn near free). Sign up, and every day you’ll get an email with a few titles to choose from, which you can buy through all the popular channels. The email also includes giveaways, advance looks at new books, author exclusives, even deals on paperbacks. If you’re anything...

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Caketrain 12

There’s a new issue of one of my long-running fave journals, CAKETRAIN. Look at this beauty: They’re still doing these 254 page journals for $9, and no shipping fee! WTF! This one features some old faves: Ryan Call, J’Lyn Chapman, Sarah Rose Etter, Brian Evenson, Kelsie Hahn, Alyce Knorr, Darby Larson, Gary Lutz, JoAnna Novak, Kim Parko, Vanessa Place, May-Lan Tan and tons more. (Pre)order...

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I Courtney Love Weirdness

Sometimes on Facebook you can catch a glimpse of a conversation from people you don’t really know, and you might carry on that conversation in your home. Such an instance led Amy and I to discuss how hard it is for weird people to become famous enough for her cousin, a sixth-grader, to know and be moved by their work. Like if you want a young person to have good examples, and all they know of “weird people” are celebrities like Johnny Depp, whose weirdness devolves into wearing funny hats as he becomes more and more famous, what do...

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Point/Counterpoint: Reading from Smartphones

Point In my opening argument, I make the claim that ill-prepared performers are awkward regardless of whether they go “analog” or “digital.” Counterpoint There is an audience present, and considerate readers ought to do everything they can to prove that matters to them. In Defense of Smartphones by JD Scott 1a. In my opening argument, I make the claim that ill-prepared performers are awkward regardless of whether they go “analog” or “digital.” Much like you wouldn’t print poems on the back of a Bed, Bath & Beyond coupon because you’re out of paper, or like, in yellow ink because...

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