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The Fatness wins a second award!

The Fatness - Mark A. Rayner

NEW YORK, NY – On June 3rd, New York Times bestselling author CJ Lyons announced The Fatness won in the humor category of the annual IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDAs). The announcement was made at BookExpo America (BEA), a major publishing trade show.

 

This is the second literary award the satirical novel has garnered! The Fatness won a silver International Book Publishing Association (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin award for humor in April this year.

 

“The books that won the IRDAs this year are not just great indie books; they are great books, period. We hope that our efforts via the IRDAs ensure that they receive attention from the people who matter most. Potential readers,” said Amy Edelman, founder of IndieReader.

IRDA winner

 

Judges for the awards included notable publishers, agents, publicists and bloggers. The Fatness received the following verdict from IndieReader’s reviewers: “The Fatness is a story of socialism gone wrong, set amid a plausible backdrop with witty characters who will steal your heart and snag your cheeseburger, if you’re not careful.”

 

I’d like to thank the professionals who helped me put the book together. The incredible talents of my editor, Cal Chayce of Wording.ca, the fabulous cover design of Taryn Dufault and the exact proofing of Pauline Nolet all contributed to the book’s success. And don’t forget all my beta readers, friends and family who also helped me shape The Fatness into something approaching good shape. You can read about them in the acknowledgements of the novel.

 

And of course, you should get yourself a copy! You can buy it here.

This is set as a Western, but what if Nick Offerman was the third person omniscient narrator everywhere through all time? Terrifying.

It's a major award!

The Fatness - Mark A. Rayner

Actually, it's pretty cool. The Fatness won a Silver in the humor category of the 30th annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™

 

These awards aren’t well-known generally, but they’re quite prestigious and valuable indicators of quality. The Independent Book Publishing Association (IBPA) has more than 3,000 members, and is the largest publishing trade association in the U.S. This year’s contest had 1,500 entries.

 

Full story here, including my thanks to everyone who worked on the book. Buy the book at Amazon!

 

IBPA award

 

 

McSweeney's List: What your bookshelf organization says about you

So real.

Happy Valentine's Day!
Source: http://michaelmoonsbookshop.tumblr.com/post/170865686769/michaelmoonsbookshop-michaelmoonsbookshop-for

Sometimes a draft just needs a little word tornado.

Source: http://twitter.com/grantdraws

How not to organize your books

— feeling shocked

silly trend in bookshelves

 

Obviously, people can do whatever they want with their bookshelves, but this seems like an inane and silly interior design trend.

 

I love the colour on my shelves. Don't you?

The writing process, in two graphs.

The Fatness - Mark A. Rayner

The Fatness got some great publicity from The London Free Press yesterday! A bit more detail about the writing of the book and why it's an important topic in this article:

 

Satirist Takes a Bite Out of Obesity Epidemic

 

 

Fixed this pie chart.

Source: http://www.murraythenut.com/2010/03/30/the-creative-process-2_2
Book lovers can also be spotted in the wild in parks, art galleries and on public transit.

6 places to meet book lovers

Reblogged from BookLikes:

 

If you'd ask us to name 6 offline places to meet book lovers we would say:

1. A bookstore. Obviously

2. A library. Obviously

3. A cozy cafe. A cup of coffee and a book is a perfect duet

4. All public means of transport. Everybody knows that a lot of reading is done when commuting

5. The longest lines and the smallest waiting rooms. The process of waiting is bearable only with a book

6. A bedroom. We know you love reading in bed! Oops, no entry here?! That's why we have BookLikes!

 

What's your favorite offline spot to meet other book lovers?

 

BookLikes is a literary hub for all kind of book lovers. No matter whether you're a long time blogger, a newbie to the blogosphere, bestselling author or an aspiring writer, BookLikes is the place for You. The thing that brings us together is a true book love and the need to spread it among people alike, right? Let's do this!

 

Here are six BookLikes places where you can meet fellow readers and bloggers who may be a true inspiration for your TBR shelf and may become your new bookish BFF. 

 

1. Dashboard

 

When you log into your BookLikes Dashboard is the first place you discover. It's a place where you read your friends' book reviews and view their bookshelf updates. Remember that you need to Follow the blog to see the blogger's updates and reviews on your Dashboard. 

 

 

To meet other bloggers have a look at the activity log and comment section. By clicking the Blog name you can go directly to the blog's page and start following the book blog and the blogger's reading experiences. 

 

 

 

 

2. Explore

 

The Explore page is a BookLikes community in a nutshell. Take a peek at the hottest reviews, top bloggers and recently published reviews. To view the book blog, please click the blogger's avatar/photo. To follow the blog, click Follow in the upper right corner of the blog page. 

 

 

Have in mind that the Explore page is available for BookLikes members and non-BookLikes members. If you'd like to share the webpage with your fellow friends who haven't visited BookLikes yet, please do! 

 

 

3. Book Catalog & book pages

 

A book catalog page is an instant sneak peek into the book bloggers bookshelves. You can spot what books have been recently reviewed or added to the wish lists.

 

To discover who reviewed the book, click the book cover and you'll be moved to the book page with the community reviews. 

 

 

To read a full review and view the blog page click "see review" or the review's title. If you've enjoyed the review, follow the blogger and view the blog's reading news on your Dashboard. 

 

 

 

4. Timelines 

 

Each BookLikes blogger receives a webpage with a blog, bookshelf and a reading timeline. Your Timeline is a graphic representation of your BookLikes activity.

 

When you're visiting BookLikes bloggers have a moment and visit the blogger's Timeline. Maybe you'll spot a new book blog or an interesting review that your friend liked?

 

Make sure to click the text's title next to the avatar/photo to visit the blog page and to read the review, and to follow the blogger (if you've enjoyed the read). 

 

 

BrokenTune's Timeline

 

 

5. Discussions groups

 

If you're looking for new blogging friends or would like to say hello to the BookLikes community, visit BookLikes discussion groups. You can say Hi in the official BL group and introduce your blog in the Find new blogs to Follow. 

 

 

 

6. Friends tab

 

In the Friends tab you can view the list of bloggers who are following your BookLikes blog, it's a perfect spot to follow the blogger back and view new bookshelf news on your Dashboard. 

 

To build up your social circle invite your bookish friends to BookLikes. Add the e-mail address and press Invite, and your friend will receive an invitation to view your blog and to become your BookLikes blog friend. 

 

 

More tutorials can be found here, or click

the following link: http://booklikes.com/tag/tutorials

 

 

See you next Thursday!

Happy reading!

Satire Wars

 

Episode IV: A New Joke

Source: http://twitter.com/tomgauld

Do crisp pages do it for you? The musky scent of an older tome? Or are you into leather (covers.)

Fortunately, younger me read more books than I do. That nerd was constantly reading.

 

Of course, I understand more of what I do read these days.

Source: http://twitter.com/tomgauld/status/940144374410874881

Giveaway for my new book, The Fatness

The Fatness - Mark A. Rayner

There's three copies up for grabs -- enter to win a paperback version of The Fatness, a satire about concentration camps for fat people and bureaucracy gone mad. (A love story.)