Thursday, March 23, 2017

TRIXI is Finalist in 2016 Foreword INDIES Awards

TRIXI PUDONG AND THE GREATER WORLD named 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist

March 17, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, TITA PASANG PRESS—Today, Tita Pasang Press is pleased to announce "Trixi Pudong and the Greater World" has been recognized as a finalist in the 19th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

As part of their mission to discover, review, and share the best books from small, university, and indie publishers (and authors), independent media company Foreword Reviews hosts its annual awards program each year. Finalists represent the best books published in 2016, and submitted to Foreword Reviews for award consideration, and were narrowed down by Foreword’s editors from over 2,200 individual titles spread across 65 categories. A complete list of finalists can be found at:

“Choosing finalists for the INDIES is always the highlight of our year, but the choice was more difficult this time around due to the high quality of submissions,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “Each new book award season proves again how independent publishers are the real innovators in the industry.”

INDIES finalists are moved on to final judging by an expert panel of librarians and booksellers curated specifically for each genre and who will determine the books who will be named Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award winners. Winners in each genre—along with Editor’s Choice winners, and Foreword’s INDIE Publisher of the Year—will be announced during the 2017 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago on June 24, 2017.

About Foreword: Founded in 1998, Foreword Magazine, Inc, d.b.a Foreword Reviews is an independent media company featuring a Folio:Award-winning print magazine, stable of e-newsletters, and an online platform. Foreword exclusively covers small, university, and independent (non “Big 5”) publishers, the books they publish, and the creators they work with. Foreword is based in Traverse City, Michigan, USA, and has employees and writers all over the world.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

When the Story Tree Dies

As a tourist in Beijing, the last thing you want is to have to go to a Chinese emergency room.

But there I was on a Chinese family vacation in Beijing in 2001, having lunch in a standard-issue, hole-in-the-wall restaurant that maintained standard-issue Chinese cleanliness (read: dirty). And I had just gotten a fishbone stuck in my throat. A sharp, thick, horizontal dagger of a cod bone.

Panic ensued. My sister yelled, "Your throat might swell shut and they'll have to cut your windpipe open so you can breathe!"

No! I thought. I'm not going to a Chinese emergency room! Not if it's as grimy as this restaurant!

My kid brother, eleven years old, jumped into action. He instructed me to down a teacup of vinegar, followed by a ball of rice he mashed together, to be swallowed without chewing. It didn't work. We tried again. More vinegar, another ball of rice. More panic.

Meanwhile, Dad was sitting across the round table from me. All calm.

Several minutes passed. Then Dad quietly asked, "Are you done yet?"

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Aaaaand, starting the year with some basics.

Happy New-ish Year, everyone!

I decided to start this year with a few goals to keep my book, Trixi Pudong and the Greater World, visible to new readers out there with a Goodreads Giveaway. And it looks like this:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Trixi Pudong and the Greater World by Audrey Mei

Trixi Pudong and the Greater World

by Audrey Mei

Giveaway ends February 16, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Enter by Feb. 16 to win a signed copy!

I'm not going to lie: Marketing your own creative works is hard. Making it sound easy would be a disservice to artists across the board, especially those who lack a little narcissism. But on that long road into the distance of self-promotion, I have definitely learned something very valuable: It is much easier to market a work that is finding a following and getting good reviews. Does that sound obvious? Maybe, but it's not. Many of my highly-educated, talented creative friends happen to make things that the mainstream, average consumer has difficulty appreciating. (They're far from alone.) Yet artists must follow their hearts to find their voices, hone their craft, practice their technique. Passion is the creative mind's engine -- or solar panel, wind turbine, whatever. Then, once in a while, a work will stick out and seem to surf away on the hands of an unexpected, enthusiastic audience.

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