News and Notes
Life and Life Only author Dave Moyer was recently a featured speaker at the WSRA State Convention at the Frontier Airlines Center in Milwaukee, WI, on Thursday, February 2. Moyer's presentation was entitled Literacy for a Lifetime. Moyer discussed the oft-forgotten importance of writing in today's schools, the fact that writing is necessary for success in most jobs, and the fact that writing can be a source of life-long enjoyment.
Attached to this post is a picture from his presentation. More pictures and information on Moyer's work are available at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dave-Moyer/124964631368.
Dave Moyer's essay "Giving Readers What They Want--or Not" is featured in the Portland Book Review's "Writers on Writing" section of its website. The article can be accessed at http://www.portlandbookreview.com.
The piece discusses the role of editorial feedback in the writing process. In it, Moyer points to some conflicting feedback he received from editors on his novel Life and Life Only. He contrasts the radically different styles of Wolfe, Bellow and Hemingway and eventually asserts that there are times a writer must follow the example of Bob Dylan, trust his gut, and take the audience along with him rather than be overly conscious of how they might react to his art.
If you read Life and Life Only and enjoyed the novel, be sure to post a review on Amazon.com. These reviews to influence readers and those in the book industry. The goal is to reach 100, and we have a long way to go, so please take 15 minutes out of your day and post a review!
As of June, 2011, Life and Life Only has surpassed the 300 mark in total sales. Since royalty reports lag, the exact number of sales at any given point in time is unknown. The last two quarters have featured a significant number of Ebook sales.
"Perhaps not on par with Huck Finn, but 300 is better than zero," Moyer joked.
Interested parties can purchase the book through www.iuniverse.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, www.amazon.com; locally at Read Between the Lynes in Woodstock, Anderson's Books in Downers Grove, and Books at Sunset in Elgin; or through most retailers or online outlets. Signed copies can be obtained directly through the author by Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life and Life Only author Dave Moyer will appear at Breadloaf Books in downtown Lake Geneva on Saturday, August 20, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The appearance coincides with the annual Venetian Festival. Books will be available for sale, and the author will sign copies for interested parties.
"I appreciate Annie's support of local authors," Moyer said. "Even if she did go to Iowa." (Moyer graduated from the University of Wisconsin)
When Dave Moyer first embarked on his journey as a first-time novelist, he started a Facebook page to help promote his book and increase exposure for his writing projects. That page will continue to be updated and serve a niche for regular Facebook users. However, Moyer decided the time had come for an additional site, and, when he learned of the option to establish a Google site, struggling new artist that he is, he jumped on it. The site will take the place of his semi-regular newsletter and will be updated in a more timely fashion.
"I hope this site serves an additional purpose that can enhance my efforts to continue to increase exposure for what I believe is a very good book," Moyer said.