James Wallace Birch
James Wallace Birch is an award-winning author of short fiction. He has published a number of articles in newspapers and journals. Discontents is his debut novel. James is a twenty-something from Northern Virginia (NoVa), outside our nation's capital.
James is best known for publishing the controversial full-length book entitled Discontents. Discontents is about the disappearance of James's old high school friend, Emory Walden, a subversive and notorious graffiti artist who became a counter-culture icon and was hunted by the U.S. Government.
James runs DiscontentsBook.com - the official site of Discontents where you can learn more about how Discontents came to be published. You can also find there the original letter Emory sent James, which is discussed in the letter to the reader James wrote at the beginning of Discontents. James lives alone in the DC metro area. His favorite musical artist is Emancipator. He enjoys, among other things, craft beer, coffee, and Castile soap.
James also publishes a blog about self-publishing and social media called Don't Throw This Letter Away at http://dttla.posterous.com.
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Smashwords book reviews by James Wallace Birch
- The DIY Guide to Social Media Marketing and eBook Publishing
on Aug. 04, 2011
The (almost) Complete DIY Guide to eBook Publishing is just what it sounds like. It’s a how-to manual for anyone looking to get into self publishing.
As someone new to the self publishing scene, this work has been invaluable for me. Russel takes the reader through pretty much the entire process from writing to formatting, to finding your audience, to successfully promoting your work.
To me, there are two key strengths to this book. The first is the thoroughness of the author’s overview of the publishing process. She seems to hit every step along the way and it is clear it comes from personal experience. Second, is the host of resources the author offers. There are dozens of links out to additional resources for every topic. Like any good reference, I suggest printing this book out, sitting down with a highlighter and pencil, and taking notes as you read through. You’ll want to come back as there is simply too much rich information to get it all in one reading. But be sure to have your computer close by. There are tons of links in this ebook to additional resources you’ll want to explore. Each time I read through this book, I something new to learn or explore.
What's cool is, this is a living document. Russell says buyers will get an updated copy when new additions have been made... I believe I read somewhere that this is done twice yearly, but don't quote me on that. I can't seem to find where I read that.
This book is written in a very colloquial manner and there are a few grammar errors or typos here and there. But it didn’t bother me, though it might bother some. The book reads as though the author sat down and dumped the wealth of her knowledge late one night into a document. For me, that was a positive thing. Imagine having access to someone’s body of experience in self-publishing as well as their list of bookmarks on the topic for $.99. That’s exactly what this book is.If you're looking for someone to do the work for you - you won't find that here (nor anywhere else, I imagine). And I think some people may not realize that. This is a reference - a lake of links to other resources - coupled with an explanation of the publishing process. If you understand that, as I said, your going to get your .99 cents worth - and I believe it is well worth it!
Read the rest of my review on my self publishing and social media blog here:
- Where's Unimportant
on Sep. 06, 2011
Where's Unimportant is a dark and disturbing ride that plunges the reader into the depths of a psyche addled by the drugery of everyday American life.
I enjoyed Where's Unimportant. It is a thought provoking book, and being in the same age range and having a similar upbringing to Jack, the main character, I felt like I was reading about a friend. Where's Unimportant is painfully honest and it forces the reader to reflect on their own life and to wonder about what's important. If you're looking for a book that really makes you think or one that pulls back the veneer of the world today, Where's Unimportant is the perfect read. If, however, you're looking for action-packed then Where's Unimportant might not be for you. The pacing is a little slow toward the middle. This didn't bother me, as I saw this book operating on a different level, but it may some.
This thought-provoking book empowers the reader to step back and reflect on their own decisions, the direction of their life, and what it all means, while watching Jack fall apart. It is a rather disturbing read but one well worth it!
Warning: I wouldn't read it right before bed. I read one convo Jack has with a woman on a train during his travels right before sleep and it gave me a nightmare!