The Olympia Theater : WORDS! In the Lobby Lounge

olympia theater, words, stacy conde, the red speck, s. conde,
I am delighted to participate in this event at the gorgeous Olympia Theater.  Come join us on Wednesday, February 3rd for four readings from fictional works by Miami authors: Chantel Acevedo, JJ Colagrande, Vanessa Garcia, and myself, Stacy Conde.  Each reading will be followed by a jazz interpretation of the work, performed by the Gary Thomas Quintet.

Doors open at 6pm, the readings start at 6:30 pm. Cocktails will be available at the cash bar.  
Attendees are invited to enjoy a guided tour of the historic Olympia Theater during intermission. This is a free, open to the public, event.

Presented by the Olympia Theater, in partnership with DASS Miami. Grant funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami Downtown Development Authority & Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.

A Letter : My Gratitude

I received this in my email today. What an absolutely beautiful way to start the morning. Thank you for taking the time to express yourself. Letters like this encourage me tremendously. Thank you.

“I really must tell you about my relationship with The Red Speck.

So it all began innocently enough. Strangely when I first got it, every time I sat down to read it something would come up. So on my bed stand it sat. A few months go by and I’m resolved to just read it already. Most of the books I get I read within the first week.

Finally the day comes, and there I am with The Red Speck. 20 pages in I’m, how do I put this, hysterically crying. I’m laughing now as I write this but really, sobbing hysterics. I know “the red speck” in the distance too well. SO in my hysterics I fling the book back onto the night stand and sit sobbing to write a letter I’ll never send, to my speck… I was an emotional puddle on the floor. Determined not to be a total emotional blob, I am now cursing the book and telling it to kiss my ass. Yes, so it sat there. Then it began stalking me. YES the book stalked me. In the bathroom? I didn’t put it there. It fell on my head twice while I was sleeping and I woke up with it on my chest.

Kicking and screaming, I become resolved that this book will not allow me not to finish it. The next 20 pages had me in tears again. Not just crying, but releasing pain that for too long I’ve held to my chest.

A few weeks later I finished it. WOW, when the universe wants to tell you something it doesn’t mess around. What a wonderful, cleansing, healing calm this little book has brought me. Kicking and screaming the entire way, because why do anything the easy way?

Remembering who you are is the gift I took home from “The Red Speck”. It will forever be on my book shelf next to my Richard Bach, who is also amazing. Well done Stacy, well done indeed.”

-Lyric Thompson

(published with her permission)

Lyric was also kind enough to post a review on Amazon.

Art x Marketing = Sales / Views + Reviews

My recent foray into self publishing has been quite an eye opener.  I don’t know enough yet to share any real words of wisdom, but I will tell you this. writing the book was only half the struggle.  (Granted, self publishing “The Red Speck” hasn’t brought me to tears the way writing it did, still, I haven’t received my first bad review, so tears may still be on the table.)

Honestly though, bad reviews would be better than having no one read it at all.  …to have your work ignored, I think, would be worse.  Christos Polydorou illustrates this point beautifully in, “My Kingdom For An Audience”.

Self publishing, maybe all publishing, I don’t know, can be summed up by this equation: Art x Marketing = Sales / Views + Reviews.   (Math people, did I get it right?)  The problem is this, I don’t want to be a marketer, I want to be a writer.

C’est la guerre, I guess.  What can I do but try to improve my marketing skills?  This is the world we’re living in, and to quote my grandfather, “…you just have to pull up your bootstraps and soldier on.”  Which is exactly what I’m doing.  Soldiering on, and trying to avoid landmines on the way.

So, as part of the Amazon recommended marketing plan, beginning today and running through Sunday, “The Red Speck” is downloadable for free on Amazon.  I am actually quite excited to see what happens, and will be spending my day off here by the computer watching, Tweeting, posting on Facebook, and wherever else the geniuses of internet marketing recommend.

If you do decide to spend some of your valuable leisure time in a world that I’ve written, please know that I am beyond thankful and I genuinely hope you enjoy the trip, because it is definitely, a trip.