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Long Overdue Newsletter - March 2022

If you heard about Mark Zuckerberg's "Metaverse" and thought, "Yeah, I'd rather just read a book..." you've come to the right place.


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Update on Harry Trumfio and Dena Ackerman's

New Children's Book

This week, we're printing hardcover and softcover versions of Dad, Our Candy Man via Blurb. We'll take the books over to Harry to sign and then make the books available either for pickup or shipping. We're aiming for books in readers' hands between April 15th and April 20th.

You can order a Hardcover copy here for $25 or Softcover here for $15.


Writing Exercise to Try

Love this ongoing bit from the Netflix film, Don't Look Up. Jennifer Lawrence's character (Kate Dibiasky) -- a brilliant scientist and mathematician -- can't calculate why the 3-star general would rip them off, charging for free snacks at the White House. Other characters forget about this minor offense, but it keeps bugging Kate, gnawing at her throughout the whole movie.

As an audience, it's more satisfying to see the general's greediness/con-manship/overall greasiness through this scene vs. being told, "He's slimy." Or whatever other description might show up in dialogue. It's always better to let the reader/audience see character traits in action.

Try this out - Go over your draft and any time you see something like: He's a shifty character. She's easy-going. Turn this into a scene.

If you're at the idea/outline stage, this is a great way to come up with scene ideas. On one side list out character traits. On the other list out locations. Then randomly match the two. What does an easy-going person look like on a rollercoaster? What does the shifty character do at a Burger King? Write it to find out!


Authors, Be Like Batman. Why "Only in Theaters" Still Works (and how you can kind of copy this with your book)

Movie theaters are dead, right? From now on, everything's just gonna be streamed in the Metaverse?

Eh, Batman would argue differently. The latest film decided to open "only in theaters" and is now approaching a successful $700 million worldwide box office. Check out our new blog post where we advocate for authors to create an "only in theaters" like approach -- advocating for physical books instead of eBooks, in-person launch parties instead of links on social media, and getting the book into local bookstores vs. only on Amazon.


Speaking of Getting Your Book into Local Bookstores...

Hey, that book looks familiar! Shoutout to our author, T.C. Pendragon, whose novel Martin Blackbriar and the Necronomicon is on the shelf at Happy Owl Bookshop in Manistee, Michigan.


An Unlikely Pairing: Books and... TikTok?