I just completed a giveaway offer over at Goodreads and it was a kick to watch people enter for their chance to win a copy of my novel. Yes, yes, everyone likes something for free, but going to the site and noting, "Oh, 143 people want my book," and then, "Oh, 218," soon becomes muttering, "Oh - 307," and then "Cool. 386," and finally becomes, "Wow," and then, finally, a silent grin. And, well. You can't beat silent grins. So as I start off on this quest to build a voice and a fanbase,even if most of the entries were just people looking for a free book, I've still got the silent grin on my face, so... If you're arriving here from Goodreads and checking out my site for the first time, welcome! If you were one of the lucky winners, congratulations! And even if you're not, don't leave yet! I've got a special offer for you! If you go to the 'Store' page now- you can purchase a signed, paperback copy of _The Vanilla Gigolo Prescription at a 30% discount, for $10.49 + tax & shipping/handling. $10.49. That's pretty good, isn't it? The offer's limited, so make sure to get over to the store soon! If you decide to take a chance on me and The Vanilla Gigolo Prescription, maybe your $10.49 (+ tax & shipping/handling) will get you a silent grin all your own. Thanks again! billy
...and Jen Ritchkoff for hosting another successful reading of The Vanilla Gigolo Prescription tonight. I had a lot of fun. Muse on 8th is a fantastically lovely space and everyone should go there immediately - or, immediately when it opens tomorrow.
Thanks again to Jimmy, Johnny, and Matthew for carrying me with their character reads. Thanks to everyone who supported it. If you supported and enjoyed what I/we did, please tell someone.
In 2005, I wrote a night of one-act plays for Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, entitled Time Travel. One of those plays, “Marriage”, dealt with a relationship borne out of the urban legend behind a famous pop song by Phil Collins.
One of my proudest achievements as a writer thus far is, due to that one-act play, I still get phone calls and emails from friends and family, out of the blue, saying, “You know what this song’s about?” or “Guess what goddamn song I heard today?” or “Man, you have ruined that friggin’ song for me, forever.”
A few years after Time Travel, my friend Jon White (look for his band Monster Soup’s kick-ass album “Damn I’m Good” - coming soon, and he is) and I shot the one-acts as short films. Here’s the opening to “You Know What This Song’s About?” just a taste of the piece.
I have other films. I’ll post them as we go. I plan to make other films. I’ll post them as we go. I hope you enjoy them. Please tell people, as we go. ‘Cause that’s part of how we’ll go...together, eh?
A final reminder about my next reading of _The Vanilla Gigolo Prescription, coming up this Wednesday, August 29th, from 7:30-9p at Muse on 8th - 759 S. LaBrea Ave., just south of Wilshire Blvd.
My ex-sketchmates will be joining me again, for a little bit of Los Chupacabras magic that’ll make my novel sound a lot better than if it were just me prattling on like I was onstage in Tampa. I’ll have copies of the novel for sale with one hand out if you’ve got cash, and one hand ready to work the slidy-slidy credit card thing
Check out the site for Muse, www.museon8th.com for a inkling as to all the delicious treats you can scarf while you watch literature right in front of your very eyes.
Children: I'll be doing another reading of The Vanilla Gigolo Prescription, again with assistance from my former comedy group mates, in three weeks. Wednesday, August 29th, to be exact. Bad news first: there will be no macaroni & cheese. Good news: the reading will take place at the Cafe Muse on 8th, at 759 S. La Brea, just south of Wilshire, near that building that used to have the big Asahi Beer sign on top but now has the big Samsung sign on top...I miss that Asahi Beer sign... Muse on 8th is a cool coffee spot with plenty of delicious treats and a great atmosphere. I'm really lucky to be given the chance to read there. Thanks, Muse! Reading's at 7:30p and I guarantee you'll be out of there by 9. I'll have copies of the novel for purchase and seemingly witty yet ultimately disappointing inscription, should you desire. The last one was a blast. Many people suggested I (we) do it again. I take suggestions. Hope you can make it. billy
Hey, for those of you who belong to Goodreads, I'm giving away 20 copies of The Vanilla Gigolo Prescription at the end of this month. You can get to Goodreads from clicking right over there (points to the right).
Now, you're thinking one of two things:
"Giving away 20 copies?! Ridiculous! What a great opportunity for me to perhaps win a copy of this 'sarcastic noir', gratis!"
"Giving away 20 copies?! Ridiculous! I just bought one yesterday/last week/last month! Norrett's a jerk!"
Both reactions are valid, I suppose. Allow me to respond to each specifically. To the first, I say:
"You got that right! Enter to win, check out the excerpt I've put on my author's page, maybe take a chance and buy one anyway!"
To the second, I say:
"You got that right! I gotta get myself out there, you know? Goodreads is a huge site populated by a lot of people, so anything I can do, you know? I mean, the giveaway's only been offered for a day and (checking) 74 people have signed up. Now, certainly, these people like getting free things; I know I do, you know? But. You gotta think some of them might take a chance and buy the book, you know?"*
*I grant the second response may seem like a rationalization. And that I've hammered the "you know?" conceit.
If you're a member of Goodreads, read the novel, enjoyed it, and feel like leaving a review, (trying to keep from emitting a begging tone) please feel free!
If you're not, my goodness, why not? Why on Earth not? It's a fantastic site.