Yeah. Na. This week I had a go with Booksprout. The site's purpose is to 'automate your advance review copy (ARC) team and send out mobile notifications'. Great. But I found the website confusing. The landing page tells you what they do and promises lots of reviews: '76.85% of ARCs downloaded through us have resulted … Continue reading Booksprout
Not sure the photo's accurate . . . I'm not really disappointed by last week's experiment because my expectations were really low. A recap: I put Grandzilla on sale for 99 cents and tried out 10 sites that offered free book promotion (see below). Their modus operandi is that they send out info about your … Continue reading How’d I do?
I'm trying an experiment. I'll be speaking at the self-publishing forum for Same Same But Different on 9 Feb - Auckland's queer literary festival - and I want to bring with me fresh data about marketing my novel Grandzilla online. So I'm wading into the fray -- trying to figure out of how best to … Continue reading Book promotion: you gotta start somewhere
Fran Antmann talks about her book: Maya Healers - A Thousand Dreams in an interview on Photo.com She's been living and working in Central and South America for years and foregrounds the sacredness of indigenous people's work and lives. "As a writer and photographer, I saw firsthand how healers, bonesetters and their patients are part … Continue reading Sacred healers
"Much like fake news, fake history becomes a truth that functions to influence the thoughts and belief of the present. For the past three years I have been photographing the American West to examine western mythology and the elevation of hyper-masculinity." That's what Greta Pratt has to say regarding her photo series on the western … Continue reading Patriarchal myths about the West explode!
From the Guardian (geez, I love their photography section), a photo essay on the value of immigrants and refugees. Writer Lorenzo Tondo and photographer Sean Smith teamed up to showcase five people in Sicily triumphantly defying and denying the Italian right's stigmatisation of refugees and migrants. Moving stories.
Studio Art Supplies garage door on Crummer Road. The door was painted a few years ago, but I like how the stickered rubbish bins compliment (or is it complement?) the aesthetic.
The little magnolia tree around the corner always punches above its weight when springtime rolls around.
Whooo, just discovered Luisa Dörr - Brazilian photographer who concentrates on portraiture. Find more of her work here. Or follow her on Instagram.
On K Road. Street artist Paul Walsh commemorates the Queen of Soul. He calls his style, 'pop surrealism' and also paints utility boxes around the city: In a city where there are huge billboards and advertisements and hoardings - there is a lot of public space which is colonised by commerce, and it's nice to … Continue reading Aretha’s on the Rock Shop wall