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My HeadTalker i ate tiong bahru glassware campaign is here. My understanding of how HeadTalker works is this: someone who supports a HeadTalker campaign is agreeing to let HeadTalker, for only one time, post on his or her social media site.
In my case, if someone supports my HeadTalker project, a post will appear on his or her social media site on October 28, 2016 12:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada)
The message, and a screenshot of the glassware project on Zingohub, that will appear is this:
"drinkers, art collectors, T-shirt wearers and book readers:welcome!https://hdtk.co/3DI6A"That link goes to my crowdfunding campaign. My crowdfunding campaign is for an edition of glasses, "normal" glasses, T-shirts, books, ebooks and more, all related to i ate tiong bahru. My crowdfunding campaign is here. To say this another way, someone who supports my HeadTalker campaign will automatically, and for one time only, have a post that tells people about my glassware crowdfunding campaign.... for which I will be very, very thankful! Any questions, please ask...this is a first time for me, and I have researched carefully and I think the above sums it up. But yes, last time..If you support my Headtalker, they will, for one time only, make a post on your social media site for my glassware project. T H A N K S If you are a writer or considering using HeadTalker, or a similar service called Thunderclap, you should read this great post by Steve Vernon. Another excellent account of a user's experiences, this one by Paul Towers, on his Project:Startup Blog.
The free download is still happening; until 11:59 April 12, California time.Click here for the books. Four books were given away during the five day giveaway. The books are here. Although the free offer expires about 20 hours from now, at 11:59 PM on April 12, I would be pleasantly surprised if there is a large increase in the number of downloads. Analysis. 125 free downloads. The above graph from Amazon does not provide on which books were downloaded, but from the data provided by my WordPress blog, I would say that the downloads were probably something like 45 each for Bali Wave Ghost and I Ate Tiong Bahru. I'd say that Furikake was downloaded about 25 times and Fires about 10 times. I did OK. Any time a connection is made with a reader it is a good thing. What should be made clear though, is that this is the first time that I have done this with a state of mental readiness. Although I'd done a few free promotions before, this was the first time I used a strategy, as opposed to before when I had only naive hopes and a vague understanding of how the free download ecosystem works. Next time I will expand my strategy. For example, this time I did not use websites that are devoted to sharing info on free downloads, like those listed here. Hopefully I will have more reviews on Amazon. For example, at this time, no one has reviewed Bali Wave Ghost. Understandable because it just went online last week. (The cover does features two great blurbs and I have received other reviews, but they are not on Amazon.) As I explained in this blog post, I did no marketing for the first ten years of Book Merah. So, yes, compared to some authors I am not even on the radar. But, compared to other self-published authors that never reach 100 copies sold, I am moving in the right direction. Another point to consider is that my books tend to be cross-genre. They are full of well-researched history, but not historical novels. Love and relationships--yes, but chick-lit? No. Bali and Singapore are my settings so far, but do I write travel books? No. Not being easily classifiable is not a problem for the artist side of me, but the businessman knows that committing to a genre maximizes returns on time invested. So, the bottom line? I need to get to work on my next book, which will be a collection of essays and interviews on the relationship between VR, the eye and cinematography. So far confirmed interviewees and reviewers include Stelarc, Tracy Rowland, Eugene Soh, Alex Crampton and Sasha Staojevic. These links may interest you if you are planning to market your ebook. http://blog.smashwords.com/2014/11/ebook-publishing-gets-more-difficult.html (YOU MUST READ THIS) http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/how-to-sell-ebooks-5-proven-tip/ (YOU MUST ALSO READ THIS) How to Market Your Kindle Ebook in 10 Steps How Booktrope Turned a Free Ebook Into A Bestseller Blogs hijacked from Mark Coker at Smashwords
- Digital Book World
- Jane Friedman
- Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies
- Mediabistro: Galleycat
- Publishing Perspectives
- Self Published Author by Bowker
- Self Publishing Review
- Shatzkin's Idea Logical Blog
- TeleRead: Bring the E-Books Home
- The Book Designer
- The Creative Penn
- The Digital Reader
- Word Café by Anita Mumm
OK, I am doing a crowdfunding project with Publishizer and, with 10 days left in my campaign, my goal is very, very far away. Am I disappointed? No, because I understand the main reason why. Am I positive? Yes! Do I have to work my tail off? Yes, yes, yes! Before I start, I would like to say that I am writing this not only to publicize my campaign but to give insights and share experiences that will help others. Although I will work hard for the success of my Publishizer campaign, my book project, entitled I Ate Tiong Bahru 2, will get made one way or another. I believe in IATB2. Background: Tiong Bahru is an estate in Singapore which was started by the British in 1929. Because of its architecture, food, history and small town atmosphere, it is now considered to be trendy in Singapore and beyond. I have lived in Singapore since 2002 and three of those years were spent living in, and researching, Tiong Bahru. I Ate Tiong Bahru was published in 2013. It was well received by both the Tiong Bahru community and critics. It is almost a bestseller in Singapore, where a bestseller is defined as 2000 copies sold. So…2016! Publishizer specializes in crowdfunding books, and originated in Singapore. My campaign was approved. My plan was to first approach those people to whom I had sent a free ebook of IATB. In a perfect scenario, a percentage of the people would have responded and I would have a sale or two already in place before I started to make big social media noise. I have given out almost 500 free ebooks and sent a crowdfunding-related email to all of them. Response: zero. Fortunately, there were three people who did support the campaign at the very start. One a friend, and two who came in “cold”, probably from twitter. Now, the rest of my plan was/is pretty straightforward: send out direct emails as well as post photos and excerpts. Although the people of Tiong Bahru have been extremely supportive of IATB, I am not surprised at their response, or more accurately, their lack of response. To simplify, the population of the TB community is composed of three groups. The first are the ”indigenous people”, who have been residents of TB all of their life, some being second generation. The next group are Singaporean "hipsters" who can afford to live in the area. Some are genuinely interested in the TB community and its history. The third group are expats, perhaps on a housing package, or in an industry like banking or law. This last group has varying levels in the history and/or culture of Tiong Bahru, though many enjoy the culinary results of gentrification. Though I have no data, my feeling is that the audience of IATB has been mainly the “indigenous people”. These people heard about IATB from their neighbors, friends or relatives. Or, from me, as I maintain a physical presence in the neighborhood as much as possible. The TB residents/supporters of IATB, however, are not as big on social media as are the other groups. Some are elderly, some prefer to communicate online in Chinese, some do not understand how crowdfunding works.I do not know how to efficiently, and "nonspammily"reach those who are online and may support the campaign. Yes, I posted once on TB Facebook groups, but I don't want to do so again. Because I am not in Singapore and cannot generate interest in person, the best I can do is an email campaign, first targeting the owners of businesses who would like to be written about. This reward, as well as others can be found on my Publishizer I Ate Tiong Bahru 2 campaign page. Ok, gotta go make some Publishizer/IATB2 noise, lah... End of Crowdfunding Blues Part 1
www.blacksteps.tv Facebook is a 500 pound shrinking party hat; Google+ is a custom-made, constantly updated digital Swiss army knife. Avvio, that my name came up close to theirs. This happened simply because I think they are interesting and I shared that view on Google+. So that's it. I could go on about other Google+ advantages, but the above example is simple enough: you either get it or you don't. If you give it some thought, the example above is seemingly positive and definitely profound. It is also the future, as long as there is Google and people who search. Techies: Yes, I know there are a quite a few factors involved in the placement of search results. There is no guarantee that this sort of thing will happen every time. But we both know that my same post on Facebook went between a post of a cat and a promise of beautiful skin...and my post stayed there. Not only stayed there, but was seen by an unknown-but-probably-small fraction of the people I wanted to share that info with.I'm not really a techie, but I try to learn about tech stuff. Why? Because the internet is what is happening. Do I want to be famous? No. Do I want to be #1 on the top of a search engine result? No. Do I want my artworks and books to be in front of like-minded people who are searching for ideas related to mine? Yes, yes, yes! I was nicely surprised today that when I searched for a Singapore-based crowdfunding organization,
PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: Anthony Waugh Koh email@example.com CONTACT WITH SHADOW ON UNGLUE Overview Artist/writer Stephen Black, a Singapore-based American launches a campaign to create a free ebook with the internationally recognized Unglue it organization. The book, entitled Contact With Shadow, is a contemporary love story filled with references to Singapore’s history. Additionally, Stephen Black, with Eugene Soh, is now working on Spoken, a dynamic mashup of virtual reality, curated artworks and short stories. Although the project originates in Singapore, the launch will take place in Brooklyn later this summer. Who: Stephen Black What: Press Conference and/or opportunity to schedule an interview before June Where: Boutique, Dhoby Ghaut, Cathay Building, next to Starbucks When: Monday June 2, 1-10 PM OR by appointment until June 8 Note: ebook copies of Contact With Shadow for press review available upon request About Stephen Black A multidisciplinarian who has lived in Paris, Tokyo, Bali, Hong Kong, NYC and Singapore, Stephen Black’s creative journey has been diverse. Besides authoring articles, art criticism and novels, he has an extensive record as an artist working with photography and video. In 2007 he created Book Merah to facilitate the production and distribution of books, ebooks, music and art. Titles include Fires by Cyril Wong,as well as Furikake, Obama Search Words, Bali Wave Ghost and I Ate Tiong Bahru. About the Press Conference on Monday/other interview opportunities From 1-10 PM on June 2 at Booktique, Stephen Black will be informally meeting fellow writers and members of the press.To request a fixed time, contact Anthony at firstname.lastname@example.org To request an interview any time before June 8, email preferred day/time to email@example.com. About Contact With Shadow “It's a double pleasure to read this wonderful scrapbook of historical facts and metafictions. First, there's the joy of gleaning nuggets of knowledge about Singapore and the printed word hitherto unknown; and second, there's the childlike wonder of never knowing what Stephen Black has in store for us on the next page.” Ng Yi-Sheng, Singapore Literature Prizewinner A Cambridge research student comes to Singapore to research the history of printing. His wife, however, dies unexpectedly and his attempts at writing become a mix of focused research and an impassioned sense of loss. A bureaucratic “assistant” and an alcoholic movie producer are further challenges to his sanity. About Unglue Unglue is dedicated to working with authors, libraries and a committed group of supporters to create free ebooks. Combining crowdfunding with a revolutionary approach to ebooks, Unglue has been featured on the TechCrunch and Wired websites, in addition to many others specializing in ebooks and technology These images and others are available on request: ........................END PRESS RELEASE................................... Writers and lovers of good books have a new resource center in Singapore. Booktique opens tonight! I will be in Booktique on Monday, June 2. There I will informally launch the Contact With Shadow ungluing campaign. I also hope to informally chat with anyone who wants to discuss writing, art and ebooks. There may be a surprise or two. Also, I will be happy to explain SPOKEN, an upcoming project combing short stories, virtual reality and an exciting groupof artists. I am excited to be working with Eugene Soh, That Dude From Singapore. Eugene is the artist/visionary who created Singapore's first 3D virtual gallery. http://gallery.sg/ SBbooktiquebackground >>>>>>>>>>>>>MONDAY WRITERS PROJECT<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Hi! OK..we are doing informal short interviews... The idea is that you answer one question at a time, with time in between questions to review your notes. Simple, right? Here are some questions...we will likely add a few more, so please check this space on Sunday night or better, Monday before you come down. Please send a bio and a jpeg with your name to firstname.lastname@example.org ALSO... send links to anything you have online. 1. Please introduce yourself and say the names of the books you have written. 2. What is the book about? (To be repeated for each book) 3. Please read a few paragraphs from your book. (Yes, you need to bring a copy of your book(s). 4. The advantages of being a writer in Singapore. 5. The challenges of being a writer in Singapore. 6. Your thoughts on paper books versus ebooks. 7. Where are your books available? Website? Blog 8. Next book/writing project? 8. Please think of a question you want us to ask you. Please thank Lorraine Koh, the author of POP ROCK LOVE for volunteering to make this happen. AND... Doug Schwarz is an author who is helping other authors. Take a look at these questions. If you are interested in, get in touch with Doug. SEE YOU MONDAY!