Friday, 21 March 2014

Touting the hot-cold theorem

I'm interested in how different types of artist communicate with their audiences, and how fans support and "consume" them. With authors the main form is for fans to buy their books and read them. This is certainly the main financial transaction. Some authors do readings and author events, which can enable personal interaction, though there's usually little (if any) income generated for the author. It's just a nice chance to meet readers. So the principle relationship is written words, transmitted after the event "cold" (even though they may have been written in heat).

With musicians there is a similarity when you buy their music on CD, LP, MP3, or whatever format. The finished product, set in stone with fiery lithography then cooled as the heat fades to leave the impression of the sounds and words, unchanging and final. And it is good. But the extra option of seeing an artist perform live, in the heat of flux, is actually a major income source for many singer-songwriters and bands. You get the immediacy, the warm malleability of a live performance, an extra level of closeness as the sound vibrations reach your ears unmediated - a valuable form of contact with an artist.

You'd think when some concept has been around for a long time that all the kinks would have been removed from the process, the loopholes closed. But it's not so.

I really admire Lykke Li. Captivating presence, emotional communication, haunting voice, talented songwriter and wordsmith. It's not often that I go to see live music. I live at the end of the line - literally. But when I saw that she was playing in the UK it was a no brainer. I didn't care that I would have to travel to England, and to a big city (I have no love for London, though the venue itself sounded cool). I assumed the tickets would sell out fairly quickly but there were two London dates, and I got up on the day they went on sale and went straight online: but less than an hour after sales began, they had sold out.


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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Free book


See the "Special Offer" link at the top of my blog? You might be surprised to know that it links to a special offer.

(Hopefully not too surprised: the clientele who frequent this blog are a select bunch, 75% more intelligent, 23% more attractive, and 64% more lovely than the statistical human average.)

I always have a pile of books I've read. If you buy one of my novels in print, or two of them in e-book format, I'll post a book to you (pick it from the list) to say thanks!
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Saturday, 1 March 2014

Read an e-book week


Tomorrow is the start of "Read an e-book week" (an event that has been taking place since 2004). Some places to go for special offers:

Smashwords Read an E-book Week Catalogue - nearly 40,000 multi-format books regularly priced at free, and thousands more that are free or deep-discounted for one week only.

Apple iBooks - for iPhone, iPad and iTunes users, a click on this link brings up a selection of free e-books at the Apple iBooks store, organized by categories such as Featured Titles, Fiction & Literature, Non-Fiction, Children & Teens, Romance, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci-fi & Fantasy, Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Entertainment and more.

Barnes & Noble - a neat and well-organized collection of thousands of free e-books organized primarily around Fiction, Romance, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and Mystery. Click the "See all" link to drill down into multiple other categories of free books.

Kindle - the usual site, and note the "Top 100 free" link on the right.

"Buy My Work" at the top of this blog leads you to places that sell (or give away!) my e-books, and there are some which aren't yet included on that page, e.g. these freebies.

Have fun!
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