did you guys see today’s Google Doodle? Today would have been Maurice Sendak’s 85 birthday. The animation for the doodle is too cute. Go check it out if you haven’t already!

Mr. Locke, now 61, has also published a nonfiction book, “How I Sold One Million E-Books in Five Months.” One reason for his success was that he priced his novels at 99 cents, which encouraged readers to take a chance on someone they didn’t know. Another was his willingness to try to capture readers one at a time through blogging, Twitter posts and personalized e-mail, an approach that was effective but labor-intensive.

“My first marketing goal was to get five five-star reviews,” he writes. “That’s it. But you know what? It took me almost two months!” In the first nine months of his publishing career, he sold only a few thousand e-books. Then, in December 2010, he suddenly caught on and sold 15,000 e-books.

One thing that made a difference is not mentioned in “How I Sold One Million E-Books.” That October, Mr. Locke commissioned Mr. Rutherford to order reviews for him, becoming one of the fledging service’s best customers. “I will start with 50 for $1,000, and if it works and if you feel you have enough readers available, I would be glad to order many more,” he wrote in an Oct. 13 e-mail to Mr. Rutherford.  “I’m ready to roll.”

I can’t imagine spending that much on a book review. Then again I can’t imagine paying for a review period. SMH

libraryadvocates:

The LCA/EFF brief argues the following main points: that Google Book Search is tremendously beneficial to the public, that this public benefit tilts the analysis firmly in favor of fair use, that a legislative “fix” is both unnecessary and unworkable, and that the Authors Guild should not be permitted to shut down Google Book Search after encouraging public reliance on the tool for years.

In addition to these general arguments, the LCA/EFF brief incorporates stories contributed by librarians of all types demonstrating the ways in which GBS is an essential tool for librarians, enables new forms of research, and even benefits authors.

what Googling will get you

As I was reading an article on LifeHacker about Facebook and privacy, I wondered how much info about me was visible to the general public. I did a search on myself and sifted through the results. The information that appeared first was for my Pinterest activity, FB page, and listings for my book at various websites. One site in particular had a listing of books written by people with the same last name as me. One of the results was a book that I had completely forgotten about: African-American Almanac: Day-by-Day Black History by Leon T. Ross and Kenneth A. Mimms. The book that my Dad and his friend, Mr. Ross wrote together. The copy available on Amazon looks like this, but the copy that I have is a slim hard cover. After I found my copy of the book, I decided to flip to the page for tomorrow, which also happens to be my 26th birthday. Here is a bit of what was listed under the 15th:

1822 -In Charleston, South Carolina, a planned slave uprising to be led by former slave DENMARK VESEY was aborted because informants were discovered among the plotters.

1877 -2nd Lt. HENRY OSSIAN FLIPPER, USA, became the first African American to graduate from the army’s West Point Military Academy. (see also 3/31)

1966 -The USS George Washington Carver, a nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine, was commissioned. The ship was named for scientist GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER. It was the second naval vessel and first Navy ship named for Carver (see also 1/5)

The timing of this couldn’t be more ironic with Father’s Day coming up this Sunday. My Dad passed away when I was 12 from Alzheimer’s disease. My mom told me that Mr. Ross stepped up to the plate and finished the corrections needed for the book, when my Dad became too sick finish the work. He has also since passed away. I suppose one could say that writing runs in my family, on the both sides.