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After the Book Launch: For My Next Trick

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Hi Folks.
This gorgeous photo is by my friend Mary in New York.  It would be a stunning picture without my book in it with that NY snow and light and the birds.  But with my book in it -- it's stunning.

Before I talk about the post-book-launch, I want to ask you out there in Blogland "What is a blog for?"  Of course we'd all like our blogs to be optioned and turned into movies.  But the truth is most of us are lucky if we can even get more than a handful of followers to follow us.  If you write a blog and no one reads it -- does it make a sound (think of the tree falling in an empty forest).  Probably.  A blog without an audience, if nothing else, is a diary to oneself.  And there's value in that.  But if I wanted to write a diary, I wouldn't be on the worldwide web.  I don't just want to be followed, I want to be commented upon, and engaged.  It's lonely out here in the Blogosphere.  And please tell me what you would like from me in return.  I'…

First newspaper review + Developing a website for journalist

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Regarding my book launch,  today I got my hands on the physical newspaper which had the review of Prospect of My Arrival.  I had read it online but it was even more exciting to see it in print.  My favorite part:  "...this elegant book by Dwight Okita, a Chicago poet making his debut as a novelist. The Prospect of My Arrival is a book that is serious, poignant and engaging."

Here is the link to the full review:
http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=34084

And here is the link to browse and buy the book on Amazon:  http://amzn.to/ozbXC4


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Meanwhile back at the ranch, I've been developing a website for journalist Danny Postel. I decided that Homestead would be the best software for his site -- since he has many articles and websites to which he wanted to link.

CLIENT'S NEEDS.  "I need a website to send people to as I seek out journalist and communications job opportunities.  I also want to have a central clearing…