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|Meet My Book Starting Up Again|
Want to see writers show their stuff?|
Writers, want to show it?
Meet My Book...
Presented by author Claudio Tapia and the ABC, in a quest to support the English writing scene in The Netherlands, published - and yet to be published - authors get a chance to talk about and read from their books or manuscripts.
After a summer stop and some very fun Sunday afternoons earlier this year we again offer writers a podium to share their passion for writing.
Do you think you might be a A Meet My Book author and would you like to present your book live at ABC? Go to promote your book at ABC.
A Meet My Book Author is invited to bring their own fan following, asked to promote their event widely and to bring 1 review copy to share. The ABC will promote every Meet My Book event in the ABC event mailing, window, on social media, etc.
If you are not sure yet if you are ready to present your book, just show up at one of the Meet My Book events and come see and listen to other authors taking the plunge.
An operator of our self-publishing-machine, the Espresso Book Machine (EBM), will also be on hand to demonstrate how you can have YOUR BOOK printed at ABC. Then maybe you will be one of the of Meet My Book authors presenting later this year? We hope so, as we want everyone to have a chance to tell about their book!
Upcoming Meet My Book dates: Sunday 19 October, 16 November and 14 December.
Time: 16.00 hrs
Place: Store, Amsterdam, 2nd floor
Check our ABC event calendar for updates
|Meet My Book October with David Swatling, Floris Kleijne and Marie Phillips|
David Swatling grew up in rural New York, studied theatre at Syracuse University, and pursued an acting career on both coasts before moving to Amsterdam in 1985. He produced arts and culture programs for Radio Netherlands Worldwide and is a three-time winner of the NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Award, among other international honors. He wrote for Amsterdam’s first gay weekly Trash in the Streets and hosted Alien, a local gay radio show. He continues to blog about the arts and LGBTQ issues—from Amsterdam and elsewhere. Calvin’s Head is his first novel. |
Life in Amsterdam isn’t all windmills and tulips when you’re homeless. Jason Dekker lives in a jeep with his dog, Calvin, on the outskirts of the city. A thesis on Van Gogh brought him to the Netherlands, and the love of Dutch artist Willy Hart convinced him to stay. But Willy is gone and Dekker is on the brink of a total meltdown. On a summer morning in the park, Calvin sniffs out the victim of a grisly murder. Dekker sees the opportunity for a risky strategy that might solve their problems. Unfortunately, it puts them directly in the sights of the calculating stone-cold killer, Gadget. Their paths are destined to collide, but nothing goes according to plan when they end up together in an attic sex-dungeon. Identities shift and events careen out of control, much to the bewilderment of one ever-watchful canine. Oscar Wilde wrote that each man kills the thing he loves. He didn’t mean it literally. Or did he?
David is also one of ABC's You Review elite contributors.
Here you can see a book trailer for Calvin's Head and read an interview with David.
Floris Kleijne started writing as soon as he learned how to build sentences, first in longhand in ever-growing stacks of notebooks, then on the ancient IBM typewriter a friend of his mother gave him.
In 1986, his first science fiction story, Illusie (Illusion) was accepted for the Dutch anthology Ganymedes, which promptly folded.
An American friend suggested to try his luck in the States and pointed out the Writers of the Future contest in 2003. After becoming a published finalist with Conversation with a Mechanical Horse in 2003, he won first place with the time travel tale Meeting the Sculptor in 2004. He has sold several more stories since to Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Escape Pod, Leading Edge Magazine, Space & Time Magazine, Machine Of Death, and Daily Science Fiction.
Floris is an active member of the SFWA, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.
Mashup contains stories about time travel, space travel, an axe murderess, coffee, people with gills, zombie children, gadgets, car park goblins, Halloween candy, band stand horrors, and a naked man in a cage.
If you’re curious about Mashup, here’s a
50-page sample, containing the opening pages of each of the stories!
Marie Phillips was born in London in 1976. After working in television documentaries and as an independent bookseller, she published her first novel, Gods Behaving Badly, in 2007. It became an international bestseller, was translated into over twenty languages, and was made into a film starring Sharon Stone and Christopher Walken. Her second novel, The Table of Less Valued Knights, was published in August 2014. With Robert Hudson, she wrote the BBC Radio 4 series Warhorses of Letters, which starred Stephen Fry and Daniel Rigby, and, as part of a shadowy cabal of like-minded women, she published the erotic spoof Fifty Shelves of Grey, under the name Vanessa Parody.
The Table of Less Valued Knights:
Sir Humphrey du Val of the Table of Less Valued Knights - Camelot's least prestigious table, boringly rectangular in shape and with one leg shorter than the other so that it always has to be propped up with a folded napkin to stop it from rocking - has been banned by King Arthur from going on quests, and hasn't left the castle in fifteen years. He's tempted out of his imposed retirement by Elaine, who is looking for her kidnapped fiancé. But is she really the damsel in distress that she appears to be?
"....with The Table of Less Valued Knights, she has clearly established her brand: bold literary and historical misadventures, told with a twist and a lightness of touch. One simply waits patiently now for the next, paws in the air, ready to be tickled." - The Guardian
On Saturday, October 25, Marie Phillips will host a Book Swap at the ABC Treehouse and will also be at the store again for a signing.
|Espresso Book Machine Update|
Most of you probably already know about our pride and joy: The Espresso Book Machine (EBM). During events like Meet My Book and Pitch Your Book an EBM operator will be giving demonstrations to show you how easy it is to print a book and give you information on how you could become an EBM author. |
Until now we were only able to print the covers in full color but soon we will also be able to offer you a colored bookblock in cooperation with an international partner. We are very exited about this and intend to keep adding more possibilities and services all the time to give you an excellent Espresso Book Machine experience.
Here is a short list of international and local authors whose books are available on the EBM. Several of these books can be printed on any EBM in the world! If you choose to upload your book to the worldwide EBM network, your friend living in Las Vegas or your aunt who moved to Melbourne will be able to print your book on the local EBM. How cool is that!
|Pitch Your Book to a Professional Publisher|
Do you have a great idea for a book but don't know if it's worth pursuing? Perhaps you've already started writing it but despair of finding a publisher? This is your chance!|
Publisher Oscar van Gelderen from Lebowski Publishing is the man who spotted Stoner and Butcher's Crossing, written by John Williams in 1965, and brought them to the Netherlands, where the translations have been on the Dutch bestseller lists from the moment they were published.
Besides Williams, Van Gelderen ‘spotted’ and published many Dutch authors like Arnon Grunberg, Susan Smit and James Worthy, and foreign authors such as Charles Bukowski, David Sedaris, Dave Eggers, Hunter S. Thompson, Roberto Bolaño and John Kennedy Toole. He also published books by Banksy and Dutch street artists such as Hugo Kaagman and Laser 3.14.
Always scouting for that literary gem which deserves to be shared with Dutch readers, Oscar asks you to bring your candidate novel or non-fiction book and pitch (in Dutch or English) why HE should consider YOUR book* for publication at Lebowski.
How does it work:
You get one minute (at least) to tell Oscar privately why your book should be published, so you need to prepare your pitch well. Also bring your pitch on a piece of paper, which you can leave behind (include name, email, phone number). Decisions will be made later by the publisher and you will hear from him directly.
*Lebowski also publishes works from other languages than English. Any book in any language will be considered!
Upcoming Pitch Your Book consults:
Sunday 19 October (14.00 hrs), 30 November (16.00 hrs) and 28 December (16.00 hrs).
Place: ABC Amsterdam, second floor
Check our ABC event calendar for updates.
|Sell Your Books on Consignment|
Are you a local author and have you published your own book? Would you like ABC to sell it for you?|
Here's what to do:
Download and fill in the "Option for Consignment" form. Make sure to include all your contact information and as much product information as you have. Bring a sample copy of your book and the "Option for Consignment" form to either store and leave it with/for the buyer of a section for review. The buyer will take a look at it and decide whether to add it to their selection.
If accepted, ABC will keep the sample copy for display and administration purposes. It will not be remitted.
ABC will make a consignment contract with you for 3-5 copies. The terms of the contract include:
- The contract runs for 90 days and you receive 65% of the net price per copy sold.
- ABC will add the book to the product database, display it in the appropriate section and recommend it on the site.
|Copy Doctor Diagnosis|
How exciting that you are publishing a book! Perhaps you wish you knew someone who could take a look at your text and put your mind at ease about English grammar, spelling, or translation? |
Before you send your literary baby out into the Anglo book-world, consider getting it checked out.
Here's how it works: Send 3 pages to the English Text Doctor (aka Carrie Ballard). She will do a 'diagnostic scan' and give you an analysis. If needed, you get helpful tips and suggestions about English.
Fiction, non-fiction, masters theses, etc. It's fast, it's professional and she's nice, too! 3 pages for €20 - not bad for peace of mind.
|Salto TV / So Dam Local Author Interviews|
Author and Meet My Book host Claudio Tapia is currently also working on a series of interviews for the Amsterdam Writers Platform with native English authors who write about and/or live in Amsterdam. All the authors are interviewed by American Bob Bragar. These interviews will air on Salto TV - So Damn Local. Here you can see the first interview with Claudio himself. |
The interview with Marie Phillips will air on So Dam Local late October.
ABC will also post links to these interviews on facebook and twitter.