Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Going Digital...3 links to contemplate...




Yes this post is all about the digital revolution...well actually it’s not a revolution any more. It’s life moving fast on the digital highway.

I too have finally succumbed...Life got too complicated last week and so I went and bought....a....mobile phone....Yup and my thumb is sore! Learning to text....OMG.
I am not giving out my number...because I can’t remember it...and if I get a text from the two family members who know it, I fumble and drop it and miss it and take 15 minutes to text Five words...

So I will get there...This from the geek who reads PopSci and PopMechanics...I know about it intellectually.....Anyway the model I have has the features I want which I’m still trying to make work.

But investigating this marvel of modern technology I discovered no games, but a cool music composer...You can sing into it, convert it to a score, change keys, rhythm, and instrument and save it.

Who needs games....

And so onto the digital bytes that relate to marketing and writing and conferences that I have for you this week.....(I’ll add this to the marketing links sidebar next week because there are some great links. )


100-internet-possibilities-to-investigate

’The future is now. Sometimes, we don’t look outside our little angle of it, and that means we miss some possibilities. Other times, we realize something’s out there and we have part of the puzzle, but we’ll catch a different view that gives us even more. I’ve compiled a list of 100 possibilities and things happening out there on the Internet that might be of interest to you. You may have even more to add.’


The amazing Chris Brogan (expert in social media) posted this post at the end of January.
I scrolled down the list and there were links everywhere for more effective web marketing, running your e-business, you name it and Chris did.

One of the points Chris made was that you should be looking at the opposite of what you do on the web so you can get ideas... sounds funny doesn’t it, but you have to read the post.
More important is the list of nearly 100 posts responding to it with people around the world adding to the list...Brilliant stuff...I’ve already sent links to peoples way from the responses.

Chris has broken down his list into these categories.

Streams of Information
Web based work
Video
Small and local
Mobile Applications
And Money


The seminar programme for the Digital Publishers Forum is up....and a varied programme is on offer.
Martin Taylor is talking on e-books fresh from a NY conference on them
Adrian Keane from Pearson Education... is talking about educational digital publishing
Neale Pitches from South Pacific Press is talking on his experiences e-publishing.
And a bloke with my brother’s name... but he’s not....tho he sounds just as interesting....
The Wellington seminar is on April 1 ....and a 50% discount for NZSA members looks well worth it...

For those of you waiting for news of the conference....It’s coming....it’s coming... We are finalising the programme as you read this....we have a cool logo nearly ready to go...and we are putting the call out for sponsors...So if you Book People know anyone who wants to partnership with us, Please get in touch! Don’t forget to get on our advance notice mailing list, if you want to come. See sidebar.

But to whet your appetite on Children’s Book Conferences...Here is the amazing Alice...She has just blogged The three day New York Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators Conference. There are some great observations on talks and panels and people and publishers. The photo’s are awesome especially the winners of the Illustrators award. And don’t worry about the recession...well that’s what they were saying in New York last week.
http://scbwiconference.blogspot.com/

Maureen

The pic -the hottest tee shirt item on the web at the moment... couldn’t resist...sorry Twilight fans....I’m sure Stephen King will be wearing one given his comments on the series this week.

5 comments:

Melinda Szymanik said...

It is akin to torture to post about a children's writers conference in New York. It is my favourite city in the world. I would give my eye teeth to go...And congratulations on getting a mobile phone. I think I communicate more with my eldest by text then i do in person - at least she keeps me updated with where she has got to! By the way txting is a good way to organise meeting up when at conferences!

cheers
Melinda

Maureen said...

Torture....Yeah I know...
Take a while to look at the pics and posts from the official blog i linked to...There is heaps of info...
On the other hand...Wellington is a cool city...great coffee...art...people and there is a COOL conference coming up...I know...I especially know who is speaking....but I can't tell you yet and that is sooooo hard...
Hopefully i will have mastered texting by the time September comes around....

cheers back
Maureen

Tania Hutley said...

I LOVE That t-shirt! Hilarious.
Tania
(A Buffy fan from way back).

Maureen said...

Yup, you gotta love that twisted sense of humour....
I can't think of the link at the moment but there is a site that has alternative ends to Harry Potter -written in the style of famous writers....if you want more twisted humour....
googling will probably find it....
maureen

Tim Jones said...

I bet Dawn would go for Edward, though.

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