Tweeting Yourself Into Flutter

Well, it’s that time again.

Time to make the call for public participation in my forthcoming second book, Flutter, which will be available August 30th.  We did this for Anointed when it came out, and my publisher seems rather insistent upon offering me the leeway to do it again (for reasons she may still be trying to determine).  What I’m looking for is simple: Review my book.  Review it before you read it.  Review it as if you’ve never read a book that you’ve reviewed before ever not reading it.  If you’ll pardon the obvious copy and paste let down, here’s a small sample of what made it into Anointed  last time:

 “Yeah, I read it.”
–Lucy Swope, reader

“Anointed is about at least as good as the half of Bret Easton Ellis’s The
Informers that doesn’t involve vampires.”
–Russ Marshalek, RussCommunications Publicist for Anointed

“I don’t really feel (Anointed ’s) subject matter should be treated with a
sense of humor.”
–Unnamed editor’s rejection note, circa 2007

“Not quite the Bible, but just as funny!”
–Katie Moss, bookseller

“This is the thrilling conclusion to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series!
You don’t want to miss it!”
–Christopher Choyce, Technocrat

“After 12 hours of work, sleep deprivation, and an Insurance audit, this
book makes even more sense!”
–Sharon McGehee, PharmD

“Anointed should be required reading in the men’s restrooms at all
American airports. It will keep that wide stance in check and prevent
wandering hands from slipping under the stall. Praise Jesus!”
–Collin Kelley, author of Conquering Venus

“I liked it. It was better than CATS. I’m going to read it again and again.”
–Kimberly Kennedy, media personality and
author of Art & Craft of Entertaining

“The funniest take on organized religion since the Left Behind series.”
–Tim Fredrick,

“Apparently the Anti-Christ wears cheap polyester suits and sounds like
Tony Soprano when he speaks. I mean, that’s all I got.”
–Amanda Lauter,

“Oh, this is, um…nice.”
–Zach’s mom

With the exception of the Unnamed Editor, who is very much real albeit nameless, these are meant in jest.  Or maybe they weren’t.  Never thought to ask.  Hm.  I may need to review this a little further.  Are my friends really that funny?

Anyway, one small twist this time.  As Flutter is meant as a tongue-in-cheek rail on Twitter, all reviews will be handled, and printed, by way of a Twitter username.  Not on Twitter?  Well, why the hell not?  I mean, you don’t have to actually update or anything.  Just be there.  Like a kid with cotton candy watching the parade of elephant, while relishing in the sweet tangy scent of splishy-splashy urine.  Better than a car wreck, is Twitter.  So, get yourself a username if you don’t have one, use it if you do, and give me the best blind review of Flutter that you are capable of.  You can comment on this blog, comment on my Facebook page (on either my wall or the link I post to this blog), or you can tweet it (AGGHHH! NO!) and add my username (@zsteele).  All posts on Facebook, or here, need to have a Twitter username attached, otherwise it’s bunk, and will be fed to the Rancor.  So here’s your chance.  Get your words in print.  Entry into this prestigious club of pontification is limited, and the deadline is, let’s say, July 5th.  So, two weeks.  You know you want to.  Send/post/tweet as many as you want, but quite obviously, you’ll only get one in the book.  And do remember to add your username to all non-Twitter posts.  I’ve reserved some old codgy British lady to confirm that your username exists.  Don’t try to cheat Mrs. Featherbottom.  She’s, um, special.

Back to The Bookstore

The most recent episode of The Bookstore is a fair bit of a self-indulgence. But this is my universe, so I’ll construct it as I like, thank you. Actually, the true point of these videos is simply to entertain and tell a story, and it is my great hope that do exactly that.  But I would be remiss in not utilizing it to also promote myself, so why not have Eddie profess me to be one of the greatest writers ever?  I was rather touched by his sentiment, even if he’s just doing so in a vain attempt to bait me into doing an event at The Bookstore.

I’ve upgraded to Xtranormal’s new movie-making program, which they call State.  It allows for more than 2 characters–which I’ve utilized here–and the ability to move characters around.  There’s a nifty voice over thingy that I will ultimately have to give a try, but for now…baby steps.

As with every project I ever undertake, I’m open to comments, thoughts, and ideas.  Additionally, I’m very (I think I mean to say VERY) open to you sharing these videos on Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere you socially congregate.  As well, you can visit the videos on my You Tube page, and add comments, likes, and so forth.  Don’t underestimate how much it helps.  Same with my books on Amazon.  It’s a public forum in which people who have never heard of me (like Stacy in the video) have the opportunity to read what other people are saying.

Ok, enough promoting. Here’s the fourth video in The Bookstore series, Going Viral.