Armen Chakmakjian

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An amusing web conspiracy to get published for real…

In Literature, Science Fiction, web 2.0 on April 29, 2009 at 3:43 am

So as you know I’ve published my book on Kindle.  I’ve had several sales.  I’ve also been active on this book reader/writer site called Authonomy.   On Authonomy, people read the excerpt of your book, comment and give you shelf space.  Now on Authonomy, the more shelf space you get, the higher your book is on the charts.  The top 5 books every month get a review by Harper Collins…and the hope of a contract.

In the process I got some very specific comments on my stuff and they were right on the mark.  It forced me to do what my son told me to do which was to rewrite the first 4 chapters to make sure there was a hook.   In the process I did a major cleanup of the book again.  My plan is to figure out this summer how to hire a copy editor and then self publish on paper (probably on book surge).

So here’s the amusing part of what’s been going on on Authonomy.  There’s a blogger/video gamer out there who is named Klazart who created a real upset on the site.  Instead of clawing through lots of people’s works and hoping they’d back his book as a quid pro quo thing, he pitched it to his fans outside of authonomy and they all signed up and shelved his book…just his book.  so instead of having the 30 or 40 shelves that the most popular people had, he had been shelved by 1500 people.  Wow did this piss off the rest of the community.   The worst part for the existing community is that his book is REALLY GOOD.  so now in a few short weeks he rose to the top of the charts and by the rules of the game, he gets his book on HC’s editor’s desk.

Anyway, I thought the story amusing and turning social media marketing on its ear.   Not only do you have a product.  Not only do you promote on a venue.  You bring along 1500 of your fans along with you to fix the game!

In one language thats called chutzpah…:-)

cars in america

In Random on April 12, 2009 at 11:34 pm

So my wife is driving one of our 2 Toyotas, and I’m a passenger on our way back from Connecticut. This has given me the opportunity to car count. I’m guessing I’m seeing 10 japanese cars for every 3 fords. continuing that comparison it’s 10:1 when toyota/honda/nissan a chrysler or gm and every gm looked old and warn out. I’ve actually counted more vw’s than gm cars. the few outliers are volvos and bimmers and coopers. not a hummer out there. conclusion? gm is dead. stick a fork in it. I haven’t driven a chevy or buick in 20 years. put your money in ford if you care to invest but gm…let it die and rebuild it. unscientific but this is what I see

Tuesday Night Chat…On Urtaru and Writing in general…

In Literature, Science Fiction, web 2.0 on April 6, 2009 at 3:43 am

So I’ve started to memberize myself (making that word up is called taking literary license) on a bunch of reader and author websites.  One of them is sponsored by HarperCollins and it is called Authonomy, and I’m pretty impressed.  A lot of authors out there trying to get noticed and a lot of their material available to read and review.  That also means since I am partaking, I got some reviews too.  I was pleasantly surprised by the reaction.

Another site that I joined is called Goodreads. This is more of a reader’s site, although they support Authors as personalities on the site.  So I’ve created an “event” starting Tuesday night at 7:00, in a discussion group of my own creation on goodreads where I’ll be answering questions as they come up in various threads.  Simultaneously, I’m going to be monitoring the twitter hashtag #Urtaru to see if anybody posts any questions out there…I’ll repost to the goodreads site and answer them.

I’ve sent invitations out through Facebook, and I’ve gotten a few positive RSVPs.  At a minimum, the few people who are committed to making it and I can have a thread of discussion about my book (the main topic) and whatever thoughts come up on writing that first novel or self publishing or other people’s favorite books.

So please join me at my goodreads event @7pm EDT through probably 10.   The actual event (because of goodreads advice) is actually for 2 weeks, so if you can’t make it that night, post a question on either twitter or on the forum itself, and I’ll answer it.  I’m hoping some budding or experienced authors stop by and at least check in.  I’ve met some very good writers on the Authonomy site…maybe they’ll pop in.

There are several levels of learning in this event for me, not the least of which is how I can use social media to create a sense of community around a product or an event.   Another of course is to exchange information from people about writing and reading.  So please, if you are on twitter, announce yourself with the #Urtaru hashtag and come and join in.  and if you aren’t twitterful, just stop in and say hello in a forum post.


Non-Web Apps make a comeback

In Random on April 4, 2009 at 2:48 am

An interesting new technology superseding the current fad. This cracked me up so bad I needed to spread it widely…

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