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"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

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Congratulations Amanda Hocking

I recently shared the story of Amanda Hocking, now a full-time author through primarily selling e-books and working really hard to create a dynamic social platform.

Though Amanda has been a pioneer of the alternative way to sell your books and make a living as a fiction writer, she has been rewarded with a traditional four-book contract that according to the New York Times, is worth more than $2 million. The deal is  with Macmillan imprint St. Martin’s Press, and follows what the Times described as a “heated auction” in which they beat out Random House, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins.

Ms. Hocking wrote a blog entry on Tuesday in which she shared her decision to enter the conventional publishing world.

“I want to be a writer. I do not want to spend 40 hours a week handling emails, formatting covers, finding editors, etc. Right now, being me is a full time corporation,” she said. “My goal has always been to put the highest quality product I can out in a way that is the most accessible to readers.”

I appreciate your honesty and your hard work in bringing yourself to this point, Ms. Hocking. You are an example and an inspiration to the rest of us. You are the first to succeed with this route, hopefully the first of many.

Ms. Hocking won’t be speaking tomorrow at Copperfield’s Books in Napa, but I will – between 1-3pm. Copperfields is at 3990 Bel Aire Plaza (between Highway 29 and Transcas Street. Happy to chat with you about these exciting developments, accidental activists, and anything else you can think of.

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Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/and on Twitter (#alonshalevsf).

 

 

 

Speaking on Sunday in Napa

I will be speaking at Copperfield’s Books in Napa on Sunday between 1-3pm. Copperfield’s is at 3990 Bel Aire Plaza between Hwy. 29 & Transcas Streeet. If you are there for the weekend, or have friends in the area, please drop by and support the local independent bookstore and help spread the word.


Here’s a quote from the flyer:

Meet an author with an opinion. Alon Shalev will discuss using fiction to create a better world, the changing face of the publishing industry, the craft of writing, and (most) anything else!

“The novel has long held the ability to create powerful images and characters that stay with the reader long after the final page.

What if the novel can precipitate a transformational change not just within the story, but also for the reader?

What if the emotional connection between reader and plot, or reader and fictional character, can provide impetus for the reader to engage in fighting social injustice?

Mrs. Blogs will be joining me, so I promise to be on my best behavior. Actually, just between us, it was Mrs. Blogs’ political and social values that first drew me all those moons ago (well her political awareness was, and still is, part of a very attractive package).

See you on Sunday?

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Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/and on Twitter (#alonshalevsf).

 

 


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