World Book Night

World Book NightDo you love a book so much you want everyone to read it? World Book Night launched in the UK in 2011 and saw passionate readers across that beautiful country, give 1 million books to light or non readers to spread the joy and love of reading.

World Book Night 2012 will be held on April 23 – in the US and the UK – and they’re looking for 50,000 volunteer book givers to hand out 20 copies each – for a total of 1 million free special World Book Night paperbacks!

The book giver sign up deadline for this year is February 6, 2012.

For more information on how to participate in World Book Night, visit their website.

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Indie Authors Help Kids with Cancer

Danielle and Matthew Drake are Indie Authors with a cause – helping cheer up kids with cancer.  They’ve started Kourageous Kids Storybooks – short stories written especially for young cancer patients.

Each story will be unique, and will feature the child as the hero.  This service is free to the families, and the Drakes are hoping to get their word out so more families may find them. After learning a little about the patient, the Drakes will craft the short story based on the child’s tastes. The finished product will be delivered to the patient.  Eventually, the Drakes are hoping to compile the stories into an anthology for publication. Proceeds from the sales will be donated to Stand Up to Cancer and the National Children’s Cancer Society.

You can learn more about Kourageous Kids Storybooks on their website, or on their Facebook page.[subscribe2]


Building Character

My writing is very character based. Character development is more important to me than any other aspect of writing…commas included. Now, to be fair, this is the way I have always written. I don’t know why. Psychology is far more interesting to me than crazy plot twists or unicorns. My novel, Joe Café, has been described many ways. People ask me what it’s about frequently, and I can never find a good answer. It’s about people. Sure, there’s a plot and murder and sex and fishing and fist-fights, but it’s really just about people. People who happen to do stuff. Interesting stuff.

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Goodreads Giveaways: Lots of Readers Want My Novel for Free by Tom Kepler

Author Tom Kepler
Author Tom Kepler

Goodreads is a reader and writer online community of over six million people. Sponsoring a book giveaway allowed me to promote my fantasy novel, The Stone Dragon, for very little money, only the printing cost of the book plus shipping. Running a Goodreads book giveaway was an easy, enjoyable, maintenence-free experience.

Having run two Goodreads giveaways for The Stone Dragon, what are the immediate results?