All this transpired in one week. Wowzers.
* One firm reviewer offer from BookBrowse (paying actual $ – more than I’ve ever gotten for reviewing or writing columns).
* One “let’s see what I have that may suit your review interests” from Public Libraries magazine (unpaid, but an industry credential).
* And “We’re interested. Let me get things together and I’ll get back to you in a few days.” from Booklist (another paying gig, probably more than BookBrowse).
* An interview request from Gatekeepers.com, a site for “the new generation of publishing professionals,” which has interviewed people like Philippa Gregory, Janet Evanovich, etc.
* Review request from former editor of The Paris Review for his new ePubbed (at Amazon) novella.
These new ePubbed short stories/novellas/novels are taking off like crazy, by the way. I get requests to review these almost every day now. You have to do your own marketing, but you can make money even selling stories at 99 cents (I guess Amazon’s fees are all but non-existent at that price?). Something to consider. No reason not to give it a try.
For any who doubt the importance of social media, I have no doubt a lot of the interest I’ve gotten lately is springing from relationships formed on Twitter, because I’ve been tweeting heavily again over the past three weeks or so, and have gained 200 new followers – book reviewers for major publications, authors, marketing at publishing houses, editors at newspapers and publishing houses, etc. Even had a short exchange with Neil Gaiman! Swoon.
Been a very busy week. Reading and signing contracts is a very good feeling.