Saturday, April 30, 2011
A Week in Photographs and Learning How to Pronounce Authors' Last Names, From Beaulieu (bowl-yer) to Orringer (hard g)
I found Beaulieu's use of Russian history and iconography to shape his world very interesting. I learned in the Fantasy Book Critic blog that this is rather unusual. Robert has some negative things to say, but I can tell he's a tough critic and he does say at the end that this is one of the better fantasy debuts of 2011.
Gary Vaynerchuk was a great evening. He's a terrific speaker and seems to have boundless energy, considering he had already done a presentation and a tweet up and a meeting at 800ceoread before heading to the bookstore.
I was intrigued that the author had the same co-writer for the two books, Crush It and The Thank You Economy. The first book definitely had more of a manic edge, was a bit more confrontational, and talked more about his New York Jets obsession. The new book is a bit softer, and definitely seemed more targeted to corporate buyers than individuals. Though there is still definitely advice on how small businesses should think big, the focus is more on how large businesses should think small.
We still haven't done our tweeting and the crowd made me realize we need to start pushing ebooks; I think you can now harness Google editions from our site. I've signed all the paperwork, but I haven't done any testing yet.