While I've been on book deadlines painting away with tiny brushes on real paper, things have been happening in the E-World. Things seem to change in a nanosecond out there in cyberspace, and frankly, I've been hiding under my Old School rock pretending that I wasn't going to put "E's" and "i's" in front of E-verything i-Do.
I know I should just surrender. Truthfully I can't imagine living my life without the internet as a valuable tool for so many things. I do love my laptop and my iPhone. My husband also bought me a Kindle Touch and an iPad Mini. The Mini doesn't have wireless, so I still have not found its ultimate purpose. I am not a gamer. I am not a television watcher. I don't walk and text at the same time. I love nature...
But I will confess that I spend too much time on Facebook. I have found it to be an amazing way to network with artists, writers, editors, librarians, teachers, parents, friends from my past and new friends. I have found great articles that my friends have shared. I have learned about events and I have helped out others in need. I've also slowly started promoting my own work there. Though I'll be published for twenty years next year, I have only been on Facebook for almost three years now with a "friends only" page. I also have a website that I have not updated in about six years. (I promise to do that soon!)
Things have changed. I have changed. I have many new book projects brewing, and some exciting E-announcements. So I'm jumping into the E-pool, and I hope I can swim with the currents!
First up: I now have a public page on Facebook: Nina Laden Books
Please LIKE me. Pretty please?
(I feel like Sally Field here.)
and you can keep up with all of the cool things going on with my books (and there is going to be a toy, soon, too, shhhhhh!)
I will also GIVE THINGS (like signed books) away from time to time.
And I'll post photos from events, news from the book world, illustration world, writing world...
But I won't post what I cooked for dinner.
I do that on my personal page.
I am planning on diving into the Tumblr soon, too. The jury is still out on Twitter. I'd rather be writing and drawing than tweeting at this point. If you can convince me of some good reasons to tweet, I may grow wings. We'll see. In the meantime, I have the real E-News to dish:
I have E-Books!
Yes. My books are starting to come out as E-Books.
For books that are out of print, this is a godsend. "ROMEOW & DROOLIET" has been in that state of limbo and it will be out in E-Book form mid-summer.
"READY, SET GO!" has been out of stock for a while. I never got the story why it wasn't reprinted, but the good news is that you can buy it NOW on all E-Book platforms. (or so I have been told- I don't own all of the devices...)
Here is the link to buy it on Kindle:
READY, SET, GO!
But the very E-xciting news is that "ROBERTO THE INSECT ARCHITECT" is not only available as an E-Book on Kindle...
It is on promotion from TODAY, JUNE 13th until JUNE 24th and you can get it for $1.99! That's almost free. It's definitely cheaper than a latte or a beer. I'm not all that tech-savvy, so I hope that link works.
Just so you know, I'm never ever giving up on real books.
I love the smell, the feel, the intimacy of a book...
But I have embraced this new world of technology.
It saves trees.
It enables you to bring dozens, if not hundreds, of books with you on a trip.
It can make reading interactive, educational, and fun...
It's the future and we have to keep looking ahead.
I hope you will allow my books to come along on your electronic journeys- wherever they take you- inner space, outer space or cyber space...