Archive for September 3rd, 2010

September 3rd, 2010

A Bit About Me(Me) ~ The One Where I Admit My Downfalls

by Gwen


It is time once again, to step out from behind the book and get to know one another better.

We all have a story and a life beyond the book and thanks to Danielle from There’s A Book, we get share. She asks the questions and we get to answer.

Who is your favorite male character, in a book or on a TV show/movie? Why?

This one had me stumped. Was I supposed to pick a male character that was my personal  superhero? One that made me weak in the knees? A male that I wish my dad had been more like? The leader of my tribe if I found myself on Survivor? What does “favorite” really mean, to me?

I decided to go with a male character that I could relate to, even though, in choosing him, I would be admitting some major character defects. He just also happens to be the main character in my favorite book.

The Great Gatsby

The enigmatic, hopeless romantic, fatally optimistic, Jay Gatsby is my favorite character. While I don’t really consider my past near as shady as Gatsby’s, it was indeed colorful.

What appeals to me about Gatsby is that his goal was his love, Daisy, and no matter what was happening or what was in the way, he never lost sight of that goal. I didn’t have to fight a war, become a bootlegger or do anything illegal to get my man, but there was a lot that we had to go through that seemed insurmountable at the time. That is what I have in common with Fitzgerald’s most compelling character.

I was convinced that we were meant to be and driven, in a healthy way, to do everything that I could to remove the roadblocks that others saw as deal breakers. I continue to be the cheerleader in our relationship. Call me the Little Orphan Annie of Love; “the sun will come out tomorrow!”

Gatsby may have been very flawed and obviously didn’t realize that he was after something that didn’t really exist. I can only hope that I don’t end up learning the same thing in the end of this crazy thing we call love.

Focused. Hopeful. Romantic. Heedless. Obsessive. My fatal flaws.


It also doesn’t hurt to picture Robert Redford in the role….I know that Alan Ladd played him first, but come on, we are talking Robert Redford!


September 3rd, 2010

Are you listed on

by Gwen

A couple of weeks ago The Book Lady’s Blog featured a post on a feature of called Pressfinder. The concept is grand and I thought that since my readers might have missed it or, horror of horrors, not subscribe to Rebecca, I would talk Kevin into telling us a bit about it.

You have the floor Kevin….

My name’s Kevin and I run a company called We have a tool calledPressfinder, which is a database enabling authors and media makers who care about books to find one another. If you’re a book blogger, I’m assuming “media makers” includes you.

PressFinder’s a pretty simple idea. A big pile of names, titles and email addresses of folks in the literary media, sorted and searchable by medium and location. A typical scenario where authors and their publishers use Pressfinder might be…

“My book came out earlier this summer and I’m visiting my sister in Chicago next weekend. I’d sure love to have coffee with some local book bloggers while I’m in town. Who might be interested?”

Same scenario for a bookblogger…

“I live in the Chicago area and just started publishing my blog ‘Literary Fiction and Strawberry Jam: For those who love books and breakfast, often together. I’d like to start interviewing authors when they come through town. How can I know what writers will be in Chicago when and if like to be interviewed?”

In both cases, if that blogger is listed on Pressfinder, their blog will appear in  a search on “Chicago” and “Book Bloggers” (Pressfinder has a dedicated section for them).  Within their listing, a blogger may indicate what sorts of books turn them on, how they like to be contacted, by whom, etc.?

Authors and publishers can search Pressfinder free three times. After that, it costs 5$ a month or 50$ a year. If you’re a listed media contact in Pressfinder, you may use it all you want for free.

Signing up as a blogger is easy.

1. Go to Pressfinder’s homepage. See that big orange button mid-page that says “Click to Add a Contact” Click it.

3. Fill in the blanks (the “notes” section is a good place to mention a little about your blog, the kind of books you like and the kind of author’s you’d like to interview/feature.) Then click the “Save Changes” orange button.

And you’re done! Your blog is officially listed in Pressfinder. To edit your listing, click the “edit contact” inside your listing’s box.

Pressfinder’s been around for just a few months and I’ve already been asked several times why we built it. Truth is, There are a ton of authors with books (good ones) to promote and only so many inches in the New York Times and only so many guest spots on The Colbert Report. Major media outlets–understaffed and bombarded–increasingly rely on smaller media–book bloggers, Indiebound newsletters, the literary minded on twitter–to gauge what books are gathering steam in the culture. An author’s appearance on “Fresh Air” is not their book’s birth in the marketplace  but its bar mitzvah. That book has probably already had its first “big break” by getting handsold, physically and digitally, by the readers of this blog and writers like my humble hostess. And if you’re a book blogger, someone like you.

Thanks Kevin for stopping by creating a very useful site for authors and book bloggers.

When I added Chew & Digest Books, there was not one other listing for my area and I know of at least 4. What are ya’ll waiting for?