Byte-Size Blair | September 15

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on FacebookTwitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

1. The fall publishing season is upon us (as is the magnificent fall weather!), which means that new books are arriving from the printer. Last week, we received these three beauties, which are all on sale now at blairpub.com.

2. NC Live’s blog featured library recommendations from their collection of “homegrown” e-books and half the list was from Blair.

3. E.C. “Redge” Hanes’ new book Billy Bowater was launched in  style last week at SECCA in Winston-Salem.

4. We’re glowing from a recent review of our latest Real Voices, Real History™ title, Chained to the Land by Lynette Ater Tanner.

5. Last week, we retweeted Anna Olswanger’s update about Greenhorn, the film adaptation of her young adult book from distributed line NewSouth Books.

Thanks for joining us for another installment of Byte-Size Blair. For that, you get a cookie…or rather, this adorable photo of a dog stealing your cookie.

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Byte-Size Blair | September 8

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on Facebook,Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

Fall is fast approaching and that means we are celebrating the upcoming releases of our latest books–Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm by Bob Garner, The Ghost Will See You Now by Randy Russell, and a book based on the much-loved Tumblr account of the same name, Badass Civil War Beards. Plus, we’re gearing up for our and our distributed lines’ Spring/Summer 2015 titles. It’s also festival season! This past weekend, we hosted our famous $2 book sale at the Bookmarks! Book Festival in downtown Winston-Salem. In two weeks, we’re off to Virginia for the SIBA Conference. Then, in early October, we head to Music City for the Southern Festival of Books. And as if that wasn’t enough to keep us busy, we’re also throwing a party this month to honor 60 years of John F. Blair, Publisher. Here are some of our favorite posts from the past few whirlwind weeks.

1. Author Ray McAllister called our Blair president for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and Carolyn and some of her best friends from high school, known as the “Mimosa Belles,” answered that call.

2. Speaking of Ray McAllister, one of his books was the subject of this “meta-shelfie”: Wrightsville Beach at Wrightsville Beach!

3. In a recent Words with Friends, distributed line NewSouth Books netted a couple of great reviews for two of their young reader titles, Matzo Frogs and Greenhorn.

4. September 19 is International Talk like a Pirate Day and we’re celebrating with a month-long sale on three of our best-loved pirate titles! Now that’s a deal you can’t arrr-gue with (sorry)!

5. Billy Bowater, a hilarious and insightful novel by E.C. “Redge” Hanes, received a glowing review from Foreword. His launch party is this week in Winston-Salem.

Thanks for checking in with us for Byte-Size Blair. We’ll be back next week with photos from Bookmarks! and the Billy Bowater launch party, among other tasty tidbits from the world of independent publishing. We’ll close out with Blair pet Minnie Pearl enjoying her long Labor Day weekend in the mountains.

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Byte-Size Blair | August 18

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on Facebook,Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

1. One of our most engaging social media posts to date was this picture of a dashing young Mr. Blair with his catch of the day that we posted for Throwback Thursday.

2. On Wednesday, we revisited Millie-Christine, “one of the most amazing people you’ve never heard of.”

3. B.O.Q. is still garnering great reviews!

4. Don’t forget to (Friday) follow our distributed lines on Twitter. Authors and distributed authors who tweet, make sure you say hello to @blairpublisher.

5. Speaking of distributed lines, Eno Publisher’s latest in the 27 Views series, 27 Views of Charlotte, is on sale now!

That’s all for now, folks. It’s busybusybusy at Blair this week, so in lieu of a Blair pet, we give you this inspirational cat photo.

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Byte-Size Blair | August 11

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on Facebook,Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

1. Thanks to the Hider sisters, two-thirds of a set of triplets and the authors of one of our upcoming fall titles, Badass Civil War Beards, for giving us this great reblog for #ManCrushMonday. 

2. On Tuesdays, we celebrate our distributed lines and their authors in a series we call Words with Friends. This week, we shared an interview in Oklahoma Magazine with NewSouth author Clifton Taulbert about his memoir The Invitation.

3. Another NewSouth author, co-editor of Voices Beyond Bondage Erika DeSimone had a beautiful guest blog up at Huffington Post about a forgotten literary movement, 19th-century African-American poetry.

4. Bearwallow author Jeremy B. Jones will be joining Dancing on Rocks author Rose Senehi, along with many other greats like Robert Morgan, at Writers on the Rock next month. 

5. Finally, we love this photo from the early days of John F. Blair, Publisher. We’re celebrating our 60th birthday this year! Can you guess what year this photo was taken?

That’s all for this week on Byte-Size Blair. We’ll sign off with the newest Blair pet, Molly, who’s a real intellectual.

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Byte-Size Blair | August 4

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

Last week was a big one. We said goodbye to a coworker, welcomed a new one, lost a friend and literary icon, and celebrated our state’s readers and writers.

1. Our beloved former publicist got married this weekend, but before she did, we made her our literary lady for Woman Crush Wednesday.

2. Louise Shivers, who wrote Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail, passed away last week. Read our goodbye here.

3. Billy Bowater by Redge Hanes is a must-read for the folks at Duke Magazine. The political satire is available now and we’ll be celebrating its launch at SECCA early next month!

4. This August, some of our favorite food books are 30% off. See what we’ve got cooking in our Kitchen Favorites!

5. Did y’all happen to see the great article in Shelf Awareness about the indie book business in North Carolina? Turns out our communities are thriving along with their independently-owned bookstores.

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what we’ve been up to at Blair. This week, we’ll also be sending out our August newsletter so sign up to receive it in your inbox if you haven’t already.

(The worst part about saying goodbye to Trisina is saying goodbye to her adorable dog, Oatmeal! We expect many office visits from the both of them.)

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Byte-Size Blair | July 28

We’re back (really, really back!) with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

When our social media manager got back from vacation, she was overwhelmed by everything our authors and our distributed lines had been up to while she was away. Below are our five favorite attempts at catching up.

1. In a miniature version of Byte-Size (Bit-Size?), we posted about Jeremy B. Jones‘ cross-country book tour, new reviews for So You Think You Know Gettysburg? Volume 2, and an Eno Publishers author’s appearance in the pages of the Paris ReviewRead all about it on Tumblr.

2. Also on Tumblr, Ted M. Dunagan and The Salvation of Miss Lucretia were reviewed in Southern Literary ReviewDid you know Dunagan has won three Georgia Author of the Year awards?

3. Just a friendly reminder that Blair, our beloved boss Carolyn, and Jeremy B. Jones will all be making appearances at the Bookmarks Festival in September.

4. We happened to stumble across this great photo of Old New Orleans, a photo that’s featured in one of the spooky stories in Randy Russell’s upcoming collection, The Ghost Will See You Now.

5. Sailing to Alluvium and its author John Pritchard got some love in a recent review for Chapter 16.

And speaking of summer vacations, Blair pet Carmen looks like she’s enjoying hers.

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Byte-Size Blair | July 7

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on FacebookTwitterTumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

1. We hope everyone had a great Fourth of July. And if you’re still in the mood to celebrate the early days of the United States, check out these “revolutionary” titles from Blair (and one hilarious gif, courtesy of Funny or Die.)

2. Bearwallow author Jeremy B. Jones has been busy touring the South with his amazing memoir about the influences of place and ancestry on identity. Here’s one of our favorite photos from a recent signing, proving you’re never too young to start loving books!

3. The October release of beloved UNC-TV foodie Bob Garner’s new book, Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm, may still be a few months away, but we’re already excited. Why? Because even just proofing the book made our mouths water (and tickled our funny bones.) We think this pin pretty much sums it up.

4. One of Blair’s favorite volunteer activities these past few years has been World Book Night, butunfortunately, last week, WBN announced they would be suspending operations in the United States. We’ll miss them dearly and shared a few photos on our Tumblr from our time as givers.

5. Just a friendly reminder that our July newsletter will be out this Thursday.

Our social media maven will be out of the office next week, so for now, enjoy this double-dose of Office Manager Artie’s adorable old pal, Snuffy.

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