I don’t often go on drunken rants, but the one time I did in recent memory, it was about how much I hate libraries. Whoa there. Put down your pitchfork. I don’t really hate libraries. I love libraries, same as the next nerd. But what got me going on this particular night a couple of […]
Could it be? It’s been almost a year since Swedish Lessons launched. It seems like time has flown by, but at the same time, it seems like years since the Kickstarter campaign and self-publishing process was consuming my life. Have you enjoyed your break from me jabbering about it? Good! It’s over!
To celebrate the first year of Swedish Lessons, I have two exciting announcements. First, I’m doing a 10 book giveaway on Goodreads. Sign up using the link below, and send it to your friends. Or people you don’t like at all. I’m not picky. Also, the Kindle version of Swedish Lessons is now just $2.99. Three bucks for all the crazy Swedish misadventures you can handle: that is a deal!
These are the best ways I can think to thank everyone for an incredible year, full of tons of support, lots of readers and an all around delightful reception of my first book. Here’s to you!
…Well, time is a monster that moves differently depending on who is holding its leash, and to me, it seems like we’ve walked to Antarctica and back since Swedish Lessons came into being. Perhaps that’s why, when I suddenly have a day full of book news, it feels like a delightful and startling event. Today, it’s all that times two.
First, I’m absolutely giddy to share that Swedish Lessons was among the 19 books honored in the First Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards. Of more than 500 entries, Swedish Lessons was one of four Honorable Mentions in the Nonfiction category. If you’ll notice, my name is first after the 1st and 2nd place lines, which could be because they’re in alphabetical order, but WHO KNOWS?!
This tweet passed through my Twitter feed this morning:
The Importance of Being (Slightly) Arrogant — It Makes You a Better Writer http://t.co/KfhFeJ8gwM Guest column via @donnagambale
— Writer’s Digest (@WritersDigest) November 18, 2013
I read it, and my first thought was, “Yup. That sounds about right.” Far be it from me, a writer, to pile on to the stereotype of the arrogant writer, but let’s be honest. None of us writers would be writers if we didn’t feel like the insides of our brains were so interesting that everyone would benefit if we transcribed our thoughts and then charged people money to view them. So…right. I wouldn’t say I, or most writers, suffer from a lack of self-confidence.
I promised a Swedish Lessons announcement today, and here it is! It’s a Bok Klubb extravaganza all month! Interested in an author visit to your bok klubb? Get one for free during November with the purchase of seven or more books.* Fun!
*see details and restrictions below…
There is a lot to be excited about this weekend. First, Daylight Savings Times ends, meaning the Annual Best Night of Sleep Ever celebration is upon us. Plan your leisurely Sunday brunches accordingly. Also, for childless adult like myself who spend the second half of October pretending like Halloween is something they’re going to do, the stress of that farce is officially over. As if those two things aren’t exciting enough, this weekend kicks off a very exciting, month-long, Swedish Lessons-related event.
What is it?!
When you’re in a centuries-old trade that has been completely turned on its head, there are no rules by which to be guided, nor to be bound. People have been writing and selling books for a super long time, but the indie author/POD/online marketing approach is brand spanking new. It’s an interesting challenge, because some of the tools you need have been around forever, but are entrenched in the old way of doing things, and others are simply so new, there’s just no way of knowing what the best ones are.