We could all use some Room to Read

I am thrilled to announce that my book signing/launch for “Maia and Icarus” at Book Revue in Huntington village on Friday, January 24th is going to benefit a truly remarkable charity.

Room to Read is a global organization seeking to transform the lives of millions of children in Asia and Africa by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and to ensure girls have the skills and support needed to complete their secondary education.  Since 2000, Room to Read has impacted the lives of more than seven million children and aims to reach 10 million children by 2015.

You can learn more at http://www.roomtoread.org

All author proceeds from the event will be donated to Room to Read. Guests are also welcome to purchase and donate any of the vast number of great books carried at Book Revue.

You can learn more about the event at http://www.bookrevue.com/JamesPerez.html



A literary afternoon in DUMBO…

Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Reading and Q&A Event – Saturday, September 21st at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop – with the Greater New York Independent Publishers Association


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I was the last in the group to read… It looks like I was waiting patiently… but I was trying to remember how to pronounce Icarus…


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Not sure what inspired this particular neck craning… I may have thought I heard the ice cream man go by…


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During the Q & A… I had just referred to Maia as a “female heroine”… I talk good…


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Proud to be associated with a brilliant group of people! And a wolf…

Something pretty amazing happened today…

I’ve been a visitor to Book Revue for many years now. For those who haven’t heard of Book Revue, it is located in the heart of the village of Huntington on the north shore of Long Island. It is one of the largest independent bookstores in the United States. Book Revue has played host to authors as diverse as Bill and Hillary Clinton, J.K. Rowling, and Beth Stern (wife of radio legend Howard). Friends of mine have worked (and fallen in love) at Book Revue. In the summer of 2007, shortly before I began writing “Maia and Icarus,” I waited on line at midnight at Book Revue to buy “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” It is the perfect place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. And starting today, Book Revue is carrying “Maia and Icarus.” To risk cliche, it is a dream come true. It was a thrill to see my book listed on Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble, but this is something altogether different. This feels like flying.


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Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think – Christopher Robin to Pooh

Giving my book away for free…

seems counterintuitive, but what do I know about book marketing? I mean, really, what do I know about marketing a book? Honestly, it all seems counterintuitive… and confusing… and contradictory. While I would love for thousands of people to enjoy reading “Maia and Icarus,” I have to believe that all of the “tried and true” means of marketing, especially the free ones, all have an expiration date, so to speak, with fans. Am I going to word my tweet or craft my giveaway in such an astonishingly original manner that it is going to take fantasy adventure fandom by storm? I guess anything is possible… so, here is “Maia and Icarus” for free:


If you like it, let me know. If you don’t like it, let me know that too… Thanks!

“Never regret thy fall,
O Icarus of the fearless flight
For the greatest tragedy of them all
Is never to feel the burning light.”

― Oscar Wilde

“I realize that this is not the response that you had hoped for…”

I’ve received two proofs of Maia and Icarus from CreateSpace, both with the same defect — the cover is not centered, causing the front cover to bleed onto the spine and the spine to bleed onto the back cover… both times I contacted customer service I was asked to send photographs of the spine that would be forwarded to the Technical Services team… today I received an email that included the title of this post… so, still waiting for the issue to be resolved — I’d like to say “patiently waiting,” but I feel like a kid who keeps opening up the oven hoping the cookies are done… after six years, I am ready for Maia and Icarus to fly…

I think I’ll go see if we have any cookies…

“Maia & Icarus” book trailer 3.0

“Maia & Icarus” book trailer 3.0

“I’ve never bee…

“I’ve never been certain whether the moral of the Icarus story should only be, as is generally accepted, ‘don’t try to fly too high,’ or whether it might also be thought of as ‘forget the wax and feathers, and do a better job on the wings.’”

– Stanley Kubrick

“We don’t carry books published using CreateSpace…”

… I was told when I visited a cool, little independent bookstore in New Hope, Pennsylvania this weekend. I was admittedly surprised, though, upon reflection, I hardly should’ve been.

When I first decided to independently publish “Maia and Icarus,” it was after attending a self-publishing expo in NYC. In the days that followed, as advised at the expo, I researched editors and cover artists and anyone else I thought I might need to help navigate the independent publishing waters. I eventually decided on first publishing electronically using Smashwords and Amazon KDP, with CreateSpace (another Amazon program) as my best option for publishing in paperback at a later date. So far, sales of “Maia and Icarus” on Amazon KDP have beaten sales on Smashwords at a rate of 10 to 1, further pushing me to use CreateSpace when the time comes. However, how truly “independent” am I if I rely so heavily on Amazon? If independent bookstores, presumably hit the hardest when Amazon came about, are not inclined to carry CreateSpace published products, should I be looking elsewhere? Long Island is home to many fine independent bookstores, with the best (in my opinion) right down the block from me – The Book Revue in Huntington Village. It would be a real honor to see The Book Revue carry “Maia and Icarus” – more so than seeing a page for the book on Amazon, even with the expected sales.

Perhaps before I start touting that I am “independently” published, I need a better understanding of what that actually means…

To be continued…