Shout Outs

I’ve become a big fan of cross-media promotion and the use of alternate forms of media for writing.  Take podcasts for example.  I’m currently subscribed to at least a dozen different ones that I Iisten to every week.

As part of my cross-media education, I’ve also been listening to several podcast books.  I have been the recipient of some really wonderful stories delivered by this method.  I’ve also been happy to see various authors either get published or grow in popularity because of their podcasts.  I guess you could say that I’ve become something of an evangelist.

That’s why I would like to take a moment to promote a few of my favorite authors who have books coming very soon.  There are three books coming out in August (well actually, there are several more but for this article, let’s limit it to three) that I’d like to give a shoutout to.

The first two are from Dragon Moon Press ( which is an awesome Science Fiction/Fantasy publisher out of Calgary.  Dragon Moon is busy publicizing “Double Trouble” which is the launch of Tee Morris’ “The Case of the Pitcher’s Pendant” and the launch of Phillipa Ballantine’s “Digital Magic” on August 8th, 2008.

The really cool thing about these two releases is that Dragon Moon has made pdf’s available of both books (see below).

I strongly encourage you to take a look at both books and visit Tee Morris at and Phillipa Ballantine at

Don’t be afraid to say ‘hello’ when you drop in and see what you can do about supporting them by buying their books on Amazon on August 8, 2008 (not before or after, mind you, but on that specific day).  The hope is to buy so many copies that their Amazon rankings get up to number 1 (and 2, I suppose).

I’d also like to extend my congratulations to Mur Lafferty for the upcoming release of her superhero novel “Playing for Keeps”.  Mur is doing something similar, but on August 25, 2008.  Show her some love and pick up her book on Amazon that day.  You can visit Mur at

 You might ask why I’m doing this.  After all, I’m not being paid to promote someone else’s book.

Quite simply, getting published is a big deal and it isn’t getting any easier.  I appreciate the trails the above authors are blazing and I hope to one day follow in their footsteps.  But if they aren’t successful, my uphill battle will only be that much harder.  Oh yeah, and they deserve it.  They’ve all worked very hard and put out a good product.

Let’s all get together and make these type of events a success.


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