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July 8, 2012

Finding Dan Wells.

So I was just at work, minding my own business, when my boss requested that I clean up the YA section. As you might guess, that’s my favorite part of any work day. I bopped on back to the display, and instead of actually working…I scanned the covers for something interesting. This cover popped out at me:

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It looked AWESOME, The girl on the cover didn’t seem to be killing herself or floating in water, she looked strong, ergo my immediate interest. Plus, you can’t beat a dystopian future that has the Manhattan skyline in it. So I devoured it (and not in a literal book eating sense). The female protagonist was brilliant and I was surprised at the amount of actual research that had gone into creating the background for the genetics in the book. The woman who wrote the book (and i assumed it was a woman because the characters voice just sounded so, well, feminine) had to be like a scientist or something, like Kathy Reichs! I was wrong. There’s no other way to say that; Dan Wells, is a man, and doesn’t seem to be a super scientist (but if he is please feel free to tell me!)

After finishing Partials I had this strange hope that there would be a second book in the series already published. Like the first book was just on the NEW book display by chance, or because of a misfile. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case (Fragments will be released in 2013). I set off to find something else by him, and I did.

I Am Not A Serial Killer is about a teenage boy named John Wayne Cleaver who has a particular set of rules to stop his sociopathic tendencies from forming into well, actual serial killer tendencies. He is unpredictable, charming, funny, and strangely, easy to relate too. Wells also takes time to explain why John’s sociopathic tendencies are so strong. Whether it was the family owned mortuary he lived and worked at, or his abusive absentee father, there are highly plausible explanations. The novel was amazing. In addition to having this intensely interesting pyschological profile for his main character, it’s a fantasy/horror novel. Think, demons, murders, and an internal battle between the sociopath identity he denies and the guy he wishes he could be.

I finished it in a few hours and then made my boss get me the next two novels. Mr. Monster, and I Don’t Want to Kill You. They are equally amazing, and I recommend Dan Wells in general as a writer. I’m off to read some more, Hollow City by Wells was released on the 3rd, and I received it from my boss yesterday . Happy Reading!

April 30, 2012

Book Marketing

I’ve been taking some advertising and marketing classes for pure entertainment, and I really actually like them. As a result, I took a gander at some book marketing strategies that companies, authors, and agents have been doing and I decided to do a quick rundown of the strategies they use.

First, the book trailer.
Possibly the most annoying thing every created by the internet. It’s a book commercial. These things can make even the best books look kind of boring, and I just have never really liked them. But I understand their purpose, these spots are usually only 30seconds, and whether they’re aired on TV or just on YouTube, they let people know that books are coming out.

Then, my personal favorite: Author interaction.
Plenty of famous authors have had websites since the internet began, but they couldn’t interact with their fans in a quick and convient way (yeah email existed, but who answered those?). Twitter, (which has connected me to many of my favorite authors in recent years) is an awesome way for authors to get in touch with potential readers, agents, and publishers. It’s also great for people who have already been published who want to let people know about their books!
One great example of this is an author who I began following recently, S.M. Boyce. Her book is a fantasy called The Grimoire: Lichgates (you can get it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords). She followed me on twitter, and I decided to follow back. Then a few days later she tweeted that her book was free on Amazon for the day. I downloaded it to my kindle, and I’m really enjoying it.

Third is publisher promotion:

Those are just published Pinterest pages, but you get the idea. Publishers spend time promoting their books in ways they havent before, and I love it. They promote new releases, and old titles, and just plain interact with fans of books. Except now, publishers aren’t these weird book middle-men. They’re these cool groups of people who are passionate about what they do, and they spend lots of time on twitter, Facebook and Pinterest letting people know about cool new products (aka awesome new books).

I miss my childhood though. When I would just go to the bookstore and see shiny new book covers, and choose them based on how cool they looked. I still do that a lot, but it’s getting harder since when I’m at school the closest bookstore is a Walmart.

This post is going to get a follow-up of all my favorite author/publisher twitter pages and Pinterests.

April 9, 2012

Finally – A Bookstore

Prior to yesterday’s visit to my favorite lovely bookstore. I hadn’t been book shopping in a legitimate place for about 2months — to me that’s a freakishly long time and I don’t know why it’s been that long. Nonetheless I picked up some books, and some nice gossip from my coworkers.

In case you haven’t heard about 50 Shades of Grey, (our main topic of discussion) it’s the erotic twilight fan fiction that gained it’s own (not very unique) cast of characters, that has a major BDSM (look it up I shall not discuss this) theme. Nonetheless the book’s been recognized in the NY Times. Our gossip ranged from the original print price of the book (over $30) to who bought it most recently (a 40 year old man who came in with his young daughter). It seems interesting from what I’ve heard, but I don’t think I’ll be reading it anytime soon. If anyone out there on the interwebs has gotten to it (and you aren’t embarrassed to admit it) let me know how it was!

On to things I did buy!

This is a brilliant sounding dystopian that I heard about a few months ago and never picked up because I’m cheap in real l life. I found a copy of it half off in my store. So add employee discout to that, and I bought it!

This book sounds like What Happened to Lani Garver and i LOVED that book. So I decided to give this one a shot too!

Can I also just mention how friggin pretty the covers of these books are? They’re so simplistic and gorgeous, and I love it!

February 9, 2012

Things in Bookstores that Frustrate me.

In my spare non-college time, I spend a somewhat freakish amount of time in bookstores; mainly because I work for one. So I have a few bookstore related pet peeves, and I felt like sharing them.

Urban Fiction
They’re supposedly stories that are set in a city landscape, are really just somewhat stereotypical stories about African-American people. I recently read an article over on mediabistro about how the Urban-Fiction or African-American fiction sections in bookstores help sales of these authors. From my experience the only time I ever see people looking at those books is when they’re saying “Are these books for black people or can I read them too?” (That is an actual customer statement). Then when African-Americans do want an urban fiction novel, they look somewhat embarrassed at the fact that they have go to a section  that is clearly labeled “African-American/Urban Fiction” Like those two ideas are one and the same. Zadie Smith (White Teeth) and Toni Morrison (The Bluest Eye) are placed in the Literary Fiction section, while authors like Zane (who did the mediabistro interview) and Relentless Aaron are put in urban fiction, and they mostly write erotica and romance that just happen to have african-american characters who speak in ebonics or in slang. I don’t see why publishers, and bookstores don’t just separate those sections based off the story content.

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