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Hope everyone out there in the typosphere is enjoying their Nanowrimo hangover, otherwise known as Christmas. Have been remiss in updates due to various factors, but just checking in to congratulate Mike Speegle on the publication of his book of short stories, Pen & Platen (cover designed by Typewriter Heaven's Rob Bowker? Do I have this detail correctly? Love that cover). Did you know that you can give Kindle books as gifts? And Pen & Platen is currently available for the outrageously affordable price of $1?
Now you know.
Mike Speegle is ahead of the curve here in terms of the way publishing works now; moping around the mailbox waiting for rejection letters is not the way it's done by forward-thinking writers. I just finished a class on managing your digital presence (otherwise known by the distasteful term "personal branding"), and realized that typospherians already do quite a bit of this, and well enough to have built a lively community around it. Speegle here has raised the bar by not just talking about writing, but using digital tools to get himself published, and I admire him for it.
Anyone else out there have a New Years goal of publishing, launching a business (applause also for Type-o-Matic's launch!) or otherwise turning their love for writing and writing tools into a creative enterprise? For my class in grad school I merely did some sprucing up of my resume-type web site, but still haven't thought my goals through like Bowker and Speegle (now, doesn't that sound like a law firm straight out of Harry Potter?)
In the New Year, I aspire to be more like these guys. What about you?