In this issue . . .
-- a 100-year book promotion
-- art museum stores
-- a few key tweets from John Kremer
-- sell more books with Twitter hashtags
a hundred-year book promotion
The following email came from a reader describing his 100-year book
promotion via Twitter.
A hundred-year-long book promotion. Is it a joke? Definitely not. Iím
serious about it. As serious as a tech-absurd writer can be. Itís possible.
It takes half an hour and it makes you feel really great.
When did I do it? Before lunch. How did I do it? Iíve scheduled one
hundred tweets (yes, one tweet a year) with a link to Password
Incorrect (http://www.feedbooks.com/book/3127) my mobilefiction
book available for free from Feedbooks. There are a couple of Twitter
apps you can use to schedule tweets, like CoTweet, SocialOomph, and
my choice: Hootsuite.
Itís technologically possible. There are no time limits when you
schedule a tweet. Why should they be? I think technology, at least
theoretically, allows for a lot of things people donít use, because they
think it doesnít make sense. What I just did is not a theory, itís a
personal experience with the possibilities, technology is giving to people
right here right now. And weíre not talking about NASA guys. Weíre
talking about each and every Internet user.
Itís an artistic statement. Scheduling tweets is nothing new and
nothing special, especially when you plan them in advance - letís say for
a month. But hundred years Ė thatís a different story. Iím a tech-absurd,
not a sci-fi writer. I donít want to imagine the future, I want to be
involved. Half-an-our involvement which can determine the next 100
years of my presence in this world? I like that. Especially, that itís purely
dependable on where technology will evolve.
Itís asking questions. They are not questions about the future of a
human kind, but human being:
- who will tweet from my post-Twitter account in 2058?
- will my tweet from 2094 be blocked by another DDoSaPSR/34 attack?
- which year will Penguin respond to my letter with a simple answer ďnoĒ?
- will I manage to make my wife read at least one of my stories, before I die?
- will I still write in 2019, and what, on what and why?
- will my daughters feel obliged to do something with their fatherís Google
doc called ďtech_stories_19.05.2009″?
- what will happen on 28th of August 2109 before lunch?
It gives hope. Like 99% of writers I have 99% chances not to be
recognized when Iím still alive. Opposite to van Gogh, who became
famous thanks to his brotherís wife, I prefer DIY. First, I donít have a
brother. Second, things come and go so fast these days, that if you
donít do something right now, you will never do it. Your current ratio
the-need-to-act/the-tools-to-act will be replaced by a new one, before
you even think of it.
John's comments: I'm a true believer in scheduling tweets (I use Social
Oomph). It's an easy way to have a presence on Twitter even when you
are sleeping or eating or travelling. I can see how useful it could be to
schedule tweets a week ahead, a year ahead, 100 years ahead.
Plus, in the above case, the unusual promotion will probably get a
number of media pickups.
art museum stores
Here are a few art museum stores. Most of them carry art-related gifts,
books, apparel, jewelry, posters, etc.
Arkansas Arts Center, The Museum Shop, 501 East 9th Street,
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202; 501-372-4000. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bowers Museum Gallery Shop, 2002 N Main Street, Santa Ana,
California 92706; 714-567-3600. Web: http://www.bowers.org.
Brigham Young University Museum of Art Store, Bethany Kramer,
308 MOA North Campus Drive, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
84602; 801-442-8214; Fax: 801-422-0527. Email: email@example.com.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, MFAH Shop, Audrey Jones Beck
Building, 5601 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005; 713-639-7360.
Web: http://www.mfah.org. Main Museum: 1001 Bissonnet Street.
Nevada Museum of Art, Jackie Clay, Museum Store Manager,
160 W Liberty Street, Reno, Nevada 89501; 775-329-333.
Email: jackie.clay@ nevadaart.org. Web: http://www.nevadaart.org.
Palm Springs Art Museum Store, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs,
California 92262; 760-322-4856; Fax: 760-327-6030.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.psmuseum.org.
Philbrook Museum of Art, The Museum Shop, 2727 S Rockford Road,
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114; 918-749-7941; 800-324-7941.
Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.philbrook.org.
Saint Louis Art Museum, Debbie Boyer, The Museum Shop, One Fine
Arts Drive, Saint Louis, Missouri 63110-1380; Store: 314-655-5249;
Museum: 314-721-0072. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seattle Art Museum, SAM Shop, 1300 First Avenue, Seattle,
Washington 98101; 206-654-3120. Email: email@example.com.
Web: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org. Second museum: Seattle
Asian Art Museum, 1400 E Prospect Street, Seattle, Washington 98112-3303; 206-654-3160.
a few key tweets from John Kremer
I share some interesting resources and tips in my regular tweeting via
Twitter. If you want to get those tips as I share them, follow me at
=> Twitter Mania Manual now 94 pages. Download free at
=> Are you a first-time novelist looking for a book publisher? Check out
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=> Looking for a good book printer? Check out http://bookmarket.com/ 101print.htm.
Several hundred good printers featured there.
=> Join the other 4,590 members of the Book Marketing Network on Ning.
Great people there: http://bookmarket.ning.com
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=> Want to sell rights to a cookbook? Check out
=> 9 Scientifically Proven Ways to Get Retweeted:
sell more books with Twitter hashtags
The following tip was provided by Michael Volkin, author of Social
Networking for Authors:
Twitter is not only good for keeping in touch with customers, but you
can also find new customers with hashtags. I have had great success
selling books using Twitter hashtags.
Hashtags are a way Twitter uses organize their tweets about a specific
topic. For example, if you want to tweet about real estate, you could
start off a tweet with a pound sign then the word real estate, like this
#RealEstate. There are numerous hashtags that have already been
established, and new ones cropping up daily.
So why use hashtags? Because Twitter users often search hashtags
for content. So if youíre tweeting about your book and using proper
hashtags, a potential customer can come across your book who
wouldnít have otherwise. Go to hashtags.org and search for hashtags
that Twitter users are using right now. Who knows, maybe youíll find a
customer or twoÖ.or ten.
Be sure to follow me on Twitter (username: @NetworkAuthor), Iíll follow
you back. For more tips on how to market your book via social networks,
go to Michael Volkinís SellaTonofBooks.com and purchase his new book
Social Networking for Authors-Untapped Possibilities for Wealth.
You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite
chair and stays as long as it wants. ó Stephen King, novelist
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