Archive for June, 2011

Mini Musing #7: Selling Fathers

TweetSelling Fathers A curious aspect of selling Fathers is that over half of the more than six hundred copies sold so far have been purchased by lawyers. As “accidental publisher” and chief publisher, I must pull on my market analyst’s tuque to make sense of this. If I understand the phenomenon perhaps I can capitalize [...]

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Mini Musing #6: Between the Oeuf and the Yoke

TweetOoof. Hard to hit the keyboard keys this morning. I feel like a marionette whose strings have been cut. The last week of media and marketing frenzy had me dancing jerkily in all directions, my strings pulled by three radio interviews, a Twitter Book-in, two TV interviews, the Jericho Dad-Walk, and numerous internet interviews and [...]

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Mini Musing #5: Supporting Fathers

TweetMarketing efforts are building to supermarket proportions. Today I get interviewed by Fanny Kiefer of Shaw’s Studio 4 program. Tomorrow I am interviewed by Paolo Pietropaolo of CBCs North by Northwest. Thursday from 3 to 5 I have by bus stop twitter Book-in front of my billboard at 10th and Sasamat. Saturday I do a [...]

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Mini Musing #4: Farming Fathers

TweetSome problems are not easily quantifiable or solvable. My accounting exercise in Musing #14 doesn’t and can’t measure the publicity value of my book talks. Taken together, my book talks, the website, my bus stop billboard, the Boston and Saskatoon trip, my two fabulous publicists (Vancouver publicist Deirdre of C ME Communications, and New York [...]

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Musing # 14: Fathers Limps Joyfully Back from Winnipeg

TweetTalk about deadline pressure. We leave for Kindersley in half an hour to band long eared owls and great horned owls, and I want to try to get this posting up before then. I’ll use the time to give a quick glimpse of the economics of publishing based on Prairie results so far. The plane [...]

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Mini Musing #3 Fathers rockets into Winnipeg and the Blogosphere

TweetYesterday’s drive from Saskatoon to Saskatoon took us less than nine hours, and that included stopping in Brandon for an obligatory DQ banana split break. My brother and I yarned and reminisced all the way, talking about our families, reading bits of the anthology (Rita Dove, Angela Carter), and talking over our respective relationships with [...]

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Mini Musing 2: Fathers on the Prairies

TweetI`m now in Saskatoon, getting ready for the long drive to Winnipeg and my talk tomorrow afternoon. McNally Robinson has done a splendid job of advertising the talk and you can view details here. The format is a little different from previous talks and I`m looking forward to giving what is essentially a poetry reading. [...]

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Mini Musing #1: Alberto Manguel loves Fathers

TweetAlberto Manguel loves Fathers I have been told I should shorten my blogs. Apparently many people don’t have the time to read longer ones. To satisfy such I will now start occasionally publishing mini blogs. To satisfy myself, I will also continue to produce longer ones. I was, in fact, going to write a longer [...]

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