Byte-Size Blair – May 19

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. Bearwallow author in Brevity: Jeremy B. Jones has a beautiful essay about the ties between writing and our senses–particularly smell–in this month’s Brevity.

2. Blair in the Community: The John F. Blair staff volunteered last Friday at the Forsyth County Friends of the Central Library Book Sale. We helped unpack and organize thousands of titles as part of our efforts to give back to Winston-Salem.

3. Beardfellows: Do you know what it means to rire dans sa barbe? We tweeted about it with Anna and Julia Hider, authors of our upcoming Badass Civil War Beards.

4. Pinworthy: We pinned this great image that gives new meaning to the idea of “reading in bed.”

5. More Awards!: In other tweets, we congratulated Hub City author Angela Kelly for her SIBA win and NewSouth author Anna Olswanger for her honor.

And as always, let’s close this update out with a great picture of a beloved Blair staffer’s fuzzy friend. This week it’s Carmen, a dog who wears many hats…like this one.



Byte-Size Blair – May 12

Welcome to the second installment of 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. More Awards for Blair Authors–

  2. Writers Speaking Out Loud–Hub City, a nonprofit in South Carolina and one of the presses for which Blair distributes, has been making waves and headlines with their new movement, Writers Speaking Out Loud. They’ve been featured in Publishers WeeklyThe Guardian, and other news sources.
  3. Words with Friends–Speaking of our distributed lines, last week we introduced Words with Friends, a weekly post on our Tumblr that will highlight some of the amazing news coming from our friends at Hub City Press, Lookout Books, NewSouth Books, Eno Publishers, and all of our distributed lines.
  4. Crushworthy–The past week’s #MCM and #WCW entries were certainly notable. Teresa Kravtin, one of our reps, was voted Rep of the Year by Publishers Weekly. Brad Herzog, author of States of Mind, runs a hilarious blog and a press of his own. Plus, check out Y2K-era Matt Lauer… so much hair!
  5. Tweeting @ Blair’s Authors–The Hider triplets (two of whom, Anna and Julia are the authors of our upcoming Badass Civil War Beards) heart-ed our shout-out to their November pub date. Plus, Jeremy B. Jones of Bearwallow was just as excited as we were about the arrival of his memoir.

See you next Monday for more Byte-Size Blair. And for today’s bit of karma, we give you Tigger and Minnie Pearl, two doppelganger dogs of different owners, vintage, and gender, brought together when those owners became coworkers. Love at first walk.

Tigger and Minnie


Byte-Size Blair – 5 Fave Moments from the Past Week

It’s been a busy week at Blair. B.O.Q. author N.P. Simpson is on tour, we’re getting ready for the release of Bearwallow, and the 2014 IPPY Award winners included three Blair authors and two books from our distributed lines. And that’s just a small sampling of all that’s happening at Blair.

If you’re not already following us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look. Below are five of our favorite social media moments from the past week, in random order.

  1. The IPPYs!Met Her on the Mountain, Long Gone Daddies, and Porch Dogs all took home Independent Publisher Book Awards, as did In the Garden of Stone (Hub City Press) and Astoria to Zion (Lookout Books)
  2. Throwback Thursday–For our first #ThrowbackThursday, we threw it way way back, to Mr. Blair in the 1900’s, looking both dapper and adorable in an…ascot? Bow-tie?
  3. World Book Night–Okay, okay, we know World Book Night was weeks ago, but we got this adorable picture of our Designer Debbie and Business Manager Margaret up online a little late and it is just too cute!
  4. Uncovering quotes from Ron Rash–While looking for great lines from our April sales titles, we discovered a knockout from Ron Rash’s 2011 collection, Waking. Rash, better known for his prose, can even break our hearts with a dozen words.
  5. Dapper display in Wilmington–Pomegranate Books in Wilmington, NC, did a bang-up job of displaying the latest title from local, award-winning press Lookout Books, who just added another accolade with an IPPY win for Astoria to Zion.

See you next Monday for more Byte-Size Blair. Until then, we’ll leave you with this final thought from Publicist Trisina’s dog, Oatmeal:

Oatmeal's Nosevember Submeesh