The Word on the Street Festival in Toronto certainly delivered on its promise!
We had a great day connecting with other authors and services dedicated to the literary world.
I met fans and readers, shared insights about the book, took photos with friends old and new.
And I even sold some books to curious readers and gave away some Aussie schwag.
Thanks to everyone who came out, those who bought books, those who took photos, interviewed me, brought me flowers, promoted the event through social media and to those who brough us Timmies and especially to my friend Wendy who, as she’s been since the day we met, was there beside me from start to finish.
Thank you! You are all priceless treasures! And, when it comes to friends and fans I am truly blessed. xxx
If you feel so inclined and would like to cast a vote for any/all of my nominations, I’d be most grateful.
It’s great to be nominated (but it’s better to win) and to win you need votes!
Seriously, I am honoured to be nominated and happy to be getting a little more acknowledgement for the website, for the book and for all the activities I’ve directed promoting it through the dating world. So whatever happens, happens and I’m happy to be nominated!
I recently had the pleasure of being a guest on a fabulous new podcast called Mr n Mrs Romance. Mr Romance, known as Jack, interviewed me about eloves me, eloves me not, being an author, my experiences with online dating and finding love.
Jack was a terrific host. He asked some refreshing questions and we had a few laughs while I got to share a great deal about the inspiration for the book, the story, its characters and my own views on dating and love. Any conversation that can move from Star Trek to Shakespeare covers a lot of ground as is worth a listen. You can go straight to the audio here!
Mr n Mrs Romance is a UK-based podcast with the aim of exploring the extraordinary breadth of the human condition in relation to romance, love and sex. With input from an amazing collection of individuals, they aim to compile a fascinating picture of relationship culture in the 21st century. Mr n Mrs Romance believe that in today’s society that there is no one way by which relationships are played out and as such, each podcast will aim to capture the many varied outlooks and practices of today’s relationship lifestyles.
As you’ll see from the diverse topics covered in the first 16 episodes, it is definitely delivering on its promise.
I had a blast as a guest. I’ve also learned a little from some of the other episodes (I’m just not saying which ones . I encourage you to have a listen and subscribe to it on iTunes.
Mr n Mrs Romance are bound to keep it interesting!
You can also connect with them on twitter as @mrnmrsromance and on facebook.
There have been a few requests for signed copies of the book and I’m pleased to supply them for you.
If you want an autographed copy of the paperback version of eloves me, eloves me not, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, you can request an autographed e-book version of eloves me, eloves me not too (isn’t technology wonderful) at authorgraph - you’ll see here that many authors are using this service.
So, if it’s an autographed version you’re after, there are a couple of options for you!
(And, yes, that’s me, yep, right there with 50 Shades of everything! Perhaps it’s Shades of things to come (watch that’ll probably be her next title, but you read it here first). Move over EL, LA’s on your tail!)
I recently chatted with Stephanie Campisi about eloves me, eloves me not. I was very impressed by how prepared and thoughtful her questions were. We covered a lot of ground including the book’s inspiration, my writing choices especially around featuring technology so prominently, the world of online dating and current perceptions of it, the challenges and opportunities associated with independent publishing and what’s required by an author as they move into the marketing phase.
Smarter Dating brings you a once in a lifetime interview with eloves me, eloves me not author, LA Johannesson
Step aside Bridget Jones, Kayte Wexford is the new poster girl for singletons in the digital age! She’s fit, healthy and IT-savvy and she’s not afraid to turn to technology for help finding love!
Smarter Dating recently shared this interview with their membership in the UK. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard the Bridget Jones reference, but I continue to be delighted by it.
If you want to learn a little back story about the eloves me, eloves me notstory, then have a read of the full interview here:
We’re in the midst of an indie revolution. Traditional publishing is challenged by those who are ‘doing it for themselves’ and by the people who are making it their business to do it for others, share what they know and help many of us to realise the dream of becoming successful self-published authors. And it’s all happening without the assistance of the traditional publisher.
Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch recently co-authored, published and launched APE -Author, Publisher Entrepreneur – How to Publish a Book. While apes are usually associated with evolution, not revolution, this time it’s different.
Detailing the trend they call ‘artisanal publishing’, their new book is a ‘how to’ guide for the indie author, outlining practical ways to best publish and promote the independent work, thus bypassing traditional publishing practices.
While a handy guide on it’s own, this book is being used as the platform upon which revolutionaries Guy and Shawn stand to rally the indie author troops, inspire them and band them together to build their indie movement. Once it gains the requisite membership momentum, it will surely challenge the foundations of traditional publishing and be a formidable force of its own. Benefits to authors and readers alike should ultimately result.
I will not sit idly by and watch this happen. I want to be an active part of the movement. I have some of my own revolutionary ideas on this that I’ll share in a future post so watch this space. Thankfully, I’ve already taken some steps to secure my place. I have embraced the roles of indie author, publisher and entrepreneur and am proud to discuss, defend and share my experiences.
I have also been lucky enough to be in conversation with Guy and Shawn and was recently featured on a HOA for an APE Makeover on Google+ where they reviewed a number of indie works and provided feedback to us based on the principles they espouse in their book. For the full episode, aired originally on February 14, 2013 see the video below. The detailed discussion of ‘eloves me, eloves me not‘ begins around the 44 minute mark.
I found this a great experience where I received a few sincere compliments, some helpful tips and suggestions (a number of which have already been implemented) and the chance to meet others involved in creating change within this industry .
Thanks to the Google-goodness, it was all achieved without even leaving the comforts of home. Yet another reason I’m becoming quite the Google+ fangirl!