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Imogen Heap, Mazzy Star, Jackson Pollack, Jack Kerouac, Arthur Miller, Samuel Barber, Damien Rice, Death Cab for Cutie… any of these sound familiar? They should. These are all artists, of various mediums, that are (or were) all considered ”indie”. Typically, being an “indie” artists brings along with it a certain respect and status. Those artists aren’t beholden to the “main stream” or dependent upon “the man”. Those artists are also often considered bold and driven by an integrity not found in the mainstream.
Until you get to authors. The general public opinion still seems to point a dirty finger at indie authors.
And, to a certain degree, with good reason. Let me explain…
Here at the Jackverse, there is always some mischief brewing. And right now… the mischief is dark, twitchy, and oh so delicious. I have plenty of fabtastic to drop on you, so I’m just going to cut to le chase and get to the big funky… drop me a beat.
During the last week of Septemter 2012, I had the pleasure of attending Scarefest as a dealer. My booth was proudly displayed on Celebrity Row and I got to spend the entire weekend staring and chatting with the likes of Nicholas Vince, Doug Bradly, Tony Todd, Denise Crosby, and much more. It was a fanboy’s dream come true — with benefits! The benefits being that I was there to sell my books.
Out of this experience I learned a great deal, and I have decided to share what I have drawn from Scarefest, so you too can make the most out your convention. So, if you think you might be attending some sort of convention to ply and plug your wares — read on. I believe what I have to say will help you out a great deal.
I’ll confess, I’m not a Who fan, but the title was a perfect fit to something I want to address. What’s that, the Jackverse cries out?
Say what? You mean those guys in the black and white that clowns hate? No my dears, not MIMES…MEMES. And why are MEMES something to be addressed? Because we’re facing what I’m calling The MEME Generation.
Ladies and Gentlemen, children of all genders…I give unto you that magical, mysterious, uber smexy superhero that crosses gender and makes everything fabulous! That’s right, Shero II!
Last week I had one of those moments where I though my heart was going to slosh out of my nether-holes and I was just going to give up the writer ghost.
Okay, I kid — I didn’t let it effect me THAT badly; but I must channel George Washington and say I cannot tell a lie, it did bother me. What? What exactly was it that bothered me? Hold your panties, I’m trying to build up an air of suspense.
When you think of brand, what comes to mind? Any number of images, sound bites, catch phrases, etc pop up to smack you upside the mind’s eye. Why does that happen? Because marketing execs are paid large sums of money to ensure that those brand names are burned into your psyche. And it pays off. Had it not been for brand, Apple wouldn’t be where it is today. Brand has brought Volkswagon back into relevancy.
There are plenty of books, sites, lectures, and articles centered around you getting your brand out there as soon as possible — in some cases, even before you have that first book published. And they’re all true. It’s hard work that will seem like a constant flow of pimping. In the end, it pays off. But what exactly is it you need to do? Let’s take a look.
The people have spoken! Recently I asked my readers what they would have me write next. I have a huge TBW (To Be Written) pile, and wanted to know what YOU wanted to read next. Well, you spoke up. Via Facebook, Twitter, email, and my blog; you let me know, with near consensus, what you wanted. And I have heard you. So once Endgame and Shero II are complete, I will begin work on …
Today I am proud as clown punch to have the Queen of Parody, PJ Jones Get Jack’d. So sit back, grab a pint of laughter, and enjoy!
I am proud to finally offer cover design as a service for fellow indie authors. And instead of making you pay an arm and a leg to get a professional-looking cover, my rates will be within reason. Find out all the details on my new design site, Adorkable Designs.
I don’t pimp Zombie Radio nearly enough, but what I have coming up needs a pimpin’.
Another #samplesunday is upon us and, once again, I wanted to share a sample from the first book in the “I Zombie” trilogy, I Zombie I (purchase for $0.99 cents on Amazon and Barnes & Noble or get it FREE on Smashwords). This time around I thought I’d share the chapter that brought the name of the book about (which then inspired the names of the final two books: My Zombie My and Die Zombie Die.)
No, zombies are not roaming free in the streets — yet. Actually, you might want to check before blindly believing that statement. Back to the point…In order to celebrate Zombtember (yeah, I kinda made that up) and the release of the second book in the I Zombie series, My Zombie My, I am officially making I Zombie I free for the month of September, er, I mean Zombtember!
Hello lovely, sexy, delicious, and all around wonderful readers! It’s time for a giveaway. This time, the giveaway has a catch — but it’s a fun catch because that catch will get you mentioned on the thrilling Zombie Radio!
It’s time for another episode of Get Jack’d. This time around I have fantastic author, Jeremy Bates. You won’t want to miss our discussion on brick and mortar shops and the stereotypes that haunt writers.
I have a special treat for you today. I thought I would offer up a pre-edited sample of my upcoming release My Zombie My. That’s right PRE-EDITED! So you get to see all the strangeness that comes straight out of my brain and through my fingers. I’m thrilled about this entry in the I Zombie trilogy and I think you will be too. This is, by the way, the first chapter. I’ll shut up now, so you can read.
I often ask myself this question. Where are all the sparkly, hunky zombies?
Why is it the only time you see sexy zombies is on a zombie walk where the female participants really want to get noticed? Why has Hollywood not jumped on the sexy zombie bandwagon? If I really use my mind-meat hard enough, I can come up with two films that include attempts at sexy zombies:
- Stripper Zombies
- Return of the Living Dead 3
Sex sells. Let’s face it … it’s a universal truth (on some levels) that even writers must indulge now and then. Sex and sexy will sell books. Why do you think book covers are so filled with sexy, beautiful, glittery cover models? How else would the Twilight Saga ever have made any popularity with middle-aged women? Do you think True Blood would be the phenomenon it is had Sookie been a dumpy little thing and Erik Northman not have a case full of abs on his torso?
This is one of those questions I get asked quite a lot. I own a lot of domains and I use every one of them for one reason or another. For example, I use monkeypantz.net (or getjackd.net — which simply acts as a re-direct to monkeypantz.net) for blogging. I also have autumnalpress.com as my digital publishing house. The list of my domains goes on and on. But many fellow indie authors often ask why. Well, I have some answers.
This week I have the honor and privilege of having fellow Louisvillian, Heather Marie Adkins primed and ready to Get Jack’d. Let’s see what this fantastic writer has to say.