Amazon.com: Clearly Now, the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Other Trips (9781770410770): Eli Hastings: Books

Seattle author Eli Hastings is offering a great deal on his new memoir “Clearly Now, the Rain” - only $1.99 on Amazon’s Kindle right now. 

Seattle author discusses healing through writing

One of the authors I work with had a great interview in the Port Townsend Leader this week. He’ll be speaking at the Boiler Room, a non-profit that I volunteered with as a kid. Should be an amazing event!

We’re doing a FREE event with Eli Hastings tonight at the Jack London Bar. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more about Eli, and his critically acclaimed book “Clearly Now, The Rain”: www.elihastings.com

We’re doing a FREE event with Eli Hastings tonight at the Jack London Bar. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more about Eli, and his critically acclaimed book “Clearly Now, The Rain”: www.elihastings.com

Here’s a sweet e-deal from our friends at powells:

Take advantage of our rebate on Powell’s eGift Cards before it ends tomorrow night (12/27) at midnight PST. Get 15% of the gift price deposited as credit into your Powell’s account.
Not ready to give the card yet? Schedule a delivery date of your choosing.

Here’s a sweet e-deal from our friends at powells:

Take advantage of our rebate on Powell’s eGift Cards before it ends tomorrow night (12/27) at midnight PST. Get 15% of the gift price deposited as credit into your Powell’s account.

Not ready to give the card yet? Schedule a delivery date of your choosing.

The Self-Publishing Times is Out! (no, really)

During the past week we’ve seen news about self-publishing in prominent national media, and regional Pacific Northwest media.  

As a book marketing consultant, I take an eagle-eye look at self-publishing news, and thought I’d share some of what I’ve seen in the past week.  

If you’d like to learn about my special marketing services for self-published authors, please <click here>.

Here are some of my favs:


From the Pacific Northwest:

Self-Publishing Takes off With Seniors: The Columbian

"Getting older seems to bring out the author in people. And seniors are discovering      the booming self-publishing industry is their path to every author’s deepest desire: a book."

Comments:  I’ve worked with many seniors during the past year and I understand their unique challenges and concerns. Please contact me at (971) 266-3515 if you’re a senior and are looking to market and promote your self-published title.

Self-publishing offers an array of choices for authors:  The Spokesman-Review

Comments:  Great overview of the industry with resources for soon-to-be self-published authors in Eastern Washington.  


National:

Self-Publishing: No Longer Just A Vanity Project: National Public Radio

"They used to call it the "vanity press," and the phrase itself spoke volumes. Self-published authors were considered not good enough to get a real publishing contract. They had to pay to see their book in print. But with the advent of e-books, self-publishing has exploded, and a handful of writers have had huge best-sellers."

Comments:  A great feature with anecdotal stories - no real new information here.

2012: the year of self-publishing: Christian Science Monitor  (blog by Husna Haq)

Comments:No new information; a fine piece for those unfamiliar with developments in the self-publishing industry.  

Another First for Self-Publishing:  Forbes Magazine

"We learned earlier in the year at Digital Book World that in 2012, self-publishing took a $100 million bite out of U.S. trade publishing revenues in 2011. Sounds like a lot but isn’t much compared to the nearly $14 billion in revenues the book business made in the U.S. that year. This year, the number is certain to be more."

Comments:  That’s about the extent of any “news.”  Like the Husna Haq piece, this one is referencing NY Times reviewer Michiko Kakutani’s decision to make a self-published book a choice for “Book of the Year.”  A first ever decision by the paper, but arguably not surprising in that it’d have to happen sometime, and frankly, there are more self-published novels being produced than at any other time in history.  


2nd PDX Book Marketing Meetup Scheduled

Come one, Come all …

We’ve just created the second PDX Book Marketing Meetup.  Here is the link: http://www.meetup.com/Book-Marketing-Meetup/

Thank you to all who attended the first Book Marketing Meetup.  Based on the feedback from last week we are making some subtle changes.

  • For starters, we’ve picked a quieter venue in order to hear one another better.
  • We’ve selected a place that serves food, beer and wine.
  • We’ve created an agenda so we can control the flow of the evening.
  • We’ve also selected a theme for the evening - navigating the self-publishing industry. I have a special guest lined up who has a local self-publishing company and am waiting on the final confirmation before announcing his name/biz.
  • In the event our special guest has to move his meeting to another time feel free to bring an example of a marketing plan they may have for their book - and we can put you on the spot and discuss as a group. Fun!
  • Bring your business card to share!

Email if you have further questions/comments.

Book Marketing Meetup w/special guest

Date: July 17th
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Bare Bones Cafe, 2908 Southeast Belmont Street
Happy Hour: ends at 6 p.m. so arrive before 6 p.m. if you wish to partake

Proposed Agenda:
5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Arrival, order food & drinks, etc
6:00 p.m. Formal Introduction (bring business cards and we can trade)
6:15 p.m. Special Guest Presentation - waiting for final confirmation
7:00 p.m. Q & A, Group Discussion
7:30 p.m. End (people are welcome to hang out longer if necessary)

Thanks!

MJP