Booksquare Has a Wild Weekend

May 15th, 2005 · 6 Comments
by Booksquare

We realize it’s hard to believe, but it was a crazy weekend here at Booksquare. First, we made a rare journey from the headquarters into the public sphere (publice sphere = no pajamas). While it should go without saying, the State of California should revisit its driver’s license policy. Far too many of those on the road should not be on the road. Also, we demand that all drivers put down their cell phones. Unless they’re ordering take-out timed to coincide with the arrival home. That’s the only exception.

On Saturday afternoon, we participated* in the poolside chat that concluded Bella Stander’s day-long workshop called “Book Promotion 101”. Bella was kind enough to invite us to the afternoon session, and we can strongly recommend her workshop to anyone who has sold their first, second, even third book, and is wondering how to promote the darn thing. This is not a workshop for those looking for a wasted day — the sessions are intense and focused. And small enough to ensure that you and your book receive personalized attention.

The workshop brings authors together with publishing and promotion professionals, who, not ironically, focus on the “P’s” of the industry. Also the “B’s” — you have to attend to find out what those are. The next workshop is in New York in October. Check out the site to get on the mailing list. You will not regret this. Trust us.

In entirely selfish-but-related news, we met several incredible people who we’ll be attempting to coerce into the blogger’s seat soon. You all deserve a break!

* – In other words, we talked too much and too fast about the magic world of blogging. We’d offer a transcript, but are afraid there are too many meandering thoughts.

File Under: Tools and Craft

6 responses so far ↓

  • Karen // May 16, 2005 at 8:42 am

    Well, this is cagey. “P’s” and “B’s”? We are going to have to lunch …

  • Joan Kelly // May 16, 2005 at 12:59 pm

    You could not have talked too much for my taste – I found all the info about blogging to be personally invaluable, and although I dread making my first ever blog comment sound too ass-kissy, I could not have been more charmed by you, personally. I have missed the community of unusually smart, funny, articulate computer geeks I semi-infiltrated in Santa Cruz about 12 or so years ago. And by “geeks”, I mean the people who threw the most enjoyable parties and made online chat rooms interesting places to visit. Hearing you on Saturday and now checking out, I’m thinking that all the cool geeks must have turned into bloggers.

    Looking forward to possible re-infiltration,

  • Bella Stander // May 16, 2005 at 4:43 pm

    Don’t believe her, folks. Ms Booksquare didn’t talk too long or too fast. She was wonderful–organized, focused and to the point. And very snazzily shod.

  • Booksquare // May 17, 2005 at 8:31 am

    Bella and Joan — I had a great time and came home really energized! I had no idea what to expect from a marketing workshop (okay, some idea!) and left wondering why more authors aren’t begging for workshops in their areas.

    I’m very intrigued about Joan’s book; I’m hoping it’s a great success, and I’m going to beg her to check in closer to release time to talk about the writing.

    Karen — lunch is good. Were your ears burning last night? A certain instructor was reading aloud from the UCLA course catalog!

  • Karen // May 17, 2005 at 8:50 am

    No burning ears. I am as psychic as a stone. Although my husband and I once had the exact same dream about Julie Andrews, and we were 400 miles apart at the time.

    I can’t remember — Did I put the word “theme” in there? If so, I should expect to be firebombed.

  • Joan Kelly // May 17, 2005 at 2:32 pm

    I will absolutely be checking back in closer to next February (although will likely be checking Booksquare more regularly before then just for enjoyment) and although I admit I have a soft spot for begging in some contexts, I know you must have been teasing me and that you’re well aware of how psyched I’ll be to get to talk about my book and writing on Booksquare in the not too distant future.

    I’ll see your kind words and raise you a gushing response. BAM