Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Promote Whatever You Want

It's been awhile since I last did this, but it's never too late to bring a good thing back is it?

(Put your proverbial hands down. That was a rhetorical question.)

The one rule is that there are no rules. Promote whatever you want by leaving a comment below. In the past, we've gotten mostly authors pimping their books but the random promoters, like the clothing line person and the potentially copyright infringing podcaster, are always welcome too.

Oh wait, there is one rule I forgot about: you can't promote anything for me. Don't worry, I still get plenty out of this just from the traffic alone. Thanks in advance.

And there are no prizes for guessing the identity of the man in this picture. If you want prizes, you must go to my friend Nate Green's blog.


Phil Giunta said...

Brian, hi.

Thank you for your generosity in opening your blog. My first novel, a paranormal mystery called Testing the Prisoner, has been out for just over a year and is available in paperback from Amazon, B& and other online resellers. It's also out in various eBook formats via Smashwords.

A free audio version, recorded by yours truly, can be downloaded in chapter episodes (chapisodes? Is that a word?) from Prometheus Radio Theatre:

I'm currently working on a spin-off novel to Prisoner, called By Your Side, and gave a very successful first reading from it at BaltiCon 45 this past weekend.

Thanks again!

Nathanael Green said...

Read Tongue Party by Sarah Rose Etter.

It's a collection of short stories that will stir up your brain goo and make your soul feel a little discomfited—and what's fiction if it doesn't shake us up a little?

Her collection was selected as the winner of the chapbook contest at Caketrain and is available from their site.

If you want to see whether you like having your brain goo stirred before you buy her book, check out links to some of her fiction at her website.

I figured I'd plug someone else since you so kindly gave me a sly little promo already. Thanks, Bri.

JMCOOPER said...

Wegmans has this awesome asiago cheese dip...

Oh and,

Thanks Brian!

Gary Ryman said...

Thanks for your generous offer. My book "Fire Men: Stories From Three Generations of a Firefighting Family" was released just about a month ago by Tribute Books. It is available on Amazon and Barnes & in paperback and also in Kindle, Nook, and Google e-book format.

Thanks again....
Gary Ryman

Anonymous said...

Phil -

Chapisodes sounds like a cool word to me, so I'll credit you with concocting it!


Anonymous said...

Nate -

When's the last time you called me Bri? You know what else I just realized, the only time I refer to you as Nate is when we're commenting on each others' blogs.


Anonymous said...

Jess -

I'm going to plug your YA book REM for you because the concept is so frakking cool.

Everybody else -

REM made it all the way to the Top 50 Semifinalist round in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award.

Anonymous said...

Gary -

Fire Men sounds like a great read. What company are you with now?

My paternal grandfather was a firefighter in Northeast Philly.


seana said...

Well, Brian, as you know, I love this feature of your blog, and I'm going to plug something outside the literary this time around. I don't usually slam my friends with altruistic projects, but since this is a guilt free promotion post, here goes. For the last year or so, I've been involved with Kiva which is kind of an umbrella organization connecting lenders and the world of microfinance.

The way Kiva works is this. There are a lot of groups out there right now offering loans to some of the poorest people of the world. The loans are small (from our perspective) and through Kiva, you can support them for very little. You pick a person or a group who you'd like to support and shell up a whopping 25 dollars. That's it. (Well, there is a small administrative fee, but you can opt out of that if you want.) Grouped together with a lot of other people with similar intention, suddenly a small loan of a few thousand dollars becomes a possibility to people who would never have a chance with the traditional lending mechanisms.

Once the loan is paid back, the money is yours again. You can reinvest it in a new loan, or take it back.

You can choose the type of group you want to support, the kind of risk you want to take, and so on.

When I pulled up the website to link to it, the first name I pulled up was Saddam Hussein Shaker, who is trying to update his small barbershop in Iraq. If that name is offputting to you, you can move on to find someone who you feel is more compatible.

Personally, this is exactly the type of loan I'd fund. But that's just me.

Anyway, check it out. Absolutely the worst thing that can happen is that you're out 25 bucks.

Anonymous said...

Seana -

Very cool and sounds like a great idea! I'm gonna check Kiva out.


Gary Ryman said...

I started with a small department in upstate New York, then was a college live-in at a fairly busy station in Montgomery County, MD in the DC burbs. From there I ended up in the rural hills of northeastern Pennsylvania in a little place called Scott Township.


Anonymous said...

Okay, in case anybody was really wondering, the rather frumpy-looking fella in the picture is none other than P.T. Barnum, self-promoter extraordinaire.

Nathanael Green said...

Seana, I love the microlending ideas! It's such a good idea and such a good cause, I'm excited to see you're involved with it.

And, Brian - I know I rarely call you your given name in person, but I don't think what we call each other is appropriate for public consumption.

Also, I'd love to promote another friend of mine. Elizabeth Corcoran just had a short story published at 322 Review. Great literary journal, great story. Check it out.