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I often get emails like this from authors who want to reach our community of indie booksellers and have made the decision to only sell to indies and that should get an assist, so here it is: Here is a copy of the email I recieved and following is the press release.
from: George Spitzer, Nebbadoon Press
Storytelling at its best, hilarious and serious at the same time.
Nebbadoon Press, as policy, does not sell to Borders, BN, or Costco! Only to independent bookstores…Order direct from www.CelloStories.com or fax consignment form to 805-456-0167
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: P.O. Box 91244, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
800-500-9086 (phone); 805-456-0167 (fax)
The Day I Almost Destroyed the Boston Symphony
by John Sant’Ambrogio
Memoir takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the sublime enjoyment and occasional disasters experienced while performing upwards of 10,000 concerts always thought of this noble and sublime occupation as being devoid of humor. After all, classical music is often called serious music. I should have known better.”
Cellist John Sant’Ambrogio’s career spans more than 50 years and (still counting) 10,121 concerts. He has just released The Day I Almost Destroyed the Boston Symphony and Other Stories, a memoir containing nearly 70 stories reflecting his myriad experiences as a former member of the Boston Symphony and Principal Cellist with the Casals Festival Orchestra and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Ranging from the dramatic to the poignant, the utterly hilarious to the very serious, chapters include “My Musical Crime,” “On Teaching Your Own Children: Don’t! Well, Maybe,” “Is This Your Real Job?,” “Those Newcomers,” “Concertmasters I Have Known,” “Who’s the Best?,” and many more.
Replete throughout the book is the self-awareness and humor indicative of a man who knows himself well and forgives himself too. As Sant’Ambrogio notes, “Just before I left the BSO, a friend said, “John, we will have to hire two cellists to replace you: one to play for you, and one to talk for you.”
The Day I Almost Destroyed the Boston Symphony and Other is available at www.CelloStories.com and at select independent bookstores.
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I love to be productive and I mostly love to learn new things. But I don’t like for the learning curve to be so challenging that I feel stupid. I don’t like feeling stupid. My younger brother and I were often partners in games of Trivial Pursuit, when it was all the rage, and I remember him saying to me – “I can’t believe I spent $50 to feel this stupid.” That, in a nutshell, is how I feel about trying to use some online programs. Granted, in most cases, I’m not paying for them, but even still, please don’t make me feel stupid, even for free.
From the Links List page of this blog, I have pulled out what I term the productivity tools. I’m going to try to present them in a manageable format and hopefully, you can just use what you need, and not bother with the rest. The cool thing about all of the online tools is that it is like a brain-matching game. Finding someone who has a brain that matches mine is my goal (except their brain has the patience, intelligence, education, motivation, desire, and skill to build an on-line tool). Let the brain-matching begin.
I have divided these productivity tools into three sections. The first I will call Strategies for Getting Organized & Beyond. The second will be Paper Clip Sites – These are sites that do one thing really well as does a paper clip. And the third is called Scary Excellent – Sites that have Great Reputations but Scare Me. The second and third sections will follow in blog posts over the next few days. On to section one:
Strategies for Getting Organized & Beyond
http://www.stumbleupon.com/ discover the best of the web in less time
I checked books as my interest and did stumble upon a lot of cool sites but for the most part, I became irritated about not having any control over what come up though this could be a great site for finding content you might never see otherwise, like a phone booth that was turned into a lending library. It feels more like a time waster than a time saver.
http://www.shareaholic.com/ the better way to share across Twitter, Facebook, Email and More
I find this site somewhat overwhelming but also appealing. I will go back and take another look at it as it looks like something that would be worth the one-time investment to get it set up…Looks like a timesaver to me.
http://springpadit.com/ a free personal organizer and online notebook
It appeals to me. I don’t have an account yet but Gary Vaynerchuk likes it and I like Gary’s brain so it might be a match. It is one I will go back and spend more time with but I also have to say I am really digging my Google Calendar and it has helped me get more organized. (It reminded me I needed to get this blog post up tomorrow so I went ahead and started the draft tonight. I’m shooting for one post a week.)
http://www.evernote.com/ Remember everything.
Okay, I dig this. I love the clipping notion. Again, I will need to set up an account and get back to you but I will visit this again.
http://www.rememberthemilk.com/ online to-do list and task manager
It looks like it will do everything one would need as a task management tool but it seems a little too advanced for me. I can’t really explain why it makes me feel that way but I’d probably visit the seemingly easier options.
http://gtdiq.com/ test your getting things done IQ
I am a huge David Allen fan and relate to his brain and love his strategies.
Hear Gary Vaynerchuk on indies, silliness, social media, Web2.0, & more.
Holiday Survey Results as of 1/17/2008 â€“ we had 728 consumers respond to the survey placed in the Winter Holiday Catalogâ€¦that is a nearly 6% return rate
70% (down 3% from last year) of consumers say that the make a distinction between local retailers and corporate chains when making buying decisions.
41% (up 5% from last year) of consumers knew that local retailers contributed up to three times more revenue to their communities than corporate chains.
A whopping 89% (up 2% from last year) claimed that knowing that local retailers contributed more to their communities would influence their buying decisions.
Nearly 20% of the consumers who claimed to make no distinction between local retailers and corporate chains then indicated that the information that local retailers contribute up to three times more revenue than their corporate counterparts would indeed influence their buying decisions.Â
While only 8% (down 2% from last year) had visited the Authors â€˜Round The South site, 80% (same as last year) of consumers indicated they would visit the ARTS site in the futureâ€¦