Monday, July 03, 2006

They get around

Runnin' down a dream
It never would come to me
Workin' on a mystery
Goin' wherever it leads....
--"Runnin' Down a Dream," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Two dudes, two missions, one blog post.

This Wednesday, thriller author J.A. Konrath will embark on a high-speed bookstore tour he's dubbed the RustyNail 500. He plans to hit 500 bookstores in sixty days to promote his new novel, Rusty Nail, third in the Jack Daniels series.

"Jack" is short for Jacqueline Daniels, a forty-six-year-old Chicago police detective who routinely battles insomnia and serial killers. The books will make you laugh out loud, then have you sleeping with the lights on.

Konrath's blog, A Newbie's Guide to Publishing, is in my opinion the single best online resource for writers. He gives authors a healthy dose of reality about the publishing business today while encouraging us to take charge of our careers. His advice is like a kick in the butt with a velvet boot. If that makes any sense.

His motto: "There's a word for a writer who never gives up: published."

Anyway, check out his list of stops (.PDF file) to find out when he'll be in your neighborhood. He'll leave a trail of signed copies in his wake, so snap one up while they last.

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In a remotely related story ("related" in the sense that I was thinking about them on the same day), this guy named Matt has spent the last two years dancing around the world.

Check out his cool videos on the homepage and, if you're wondering what the hell he's doing, read the section "About Matt."

My favorite part is the map, where you can click on the various places in the world Matt has traveled, with links to the relevant blog posts.

Hint: the blue pins on the map have blog posts attached to them; the red ones do not. It took me awhile to figure that out, and I'm passing the time savings on to you!




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