Matthew Wayne Selznick’s Brave Men Run Webathon

July 13, 2008 at 5:23 pm 2 comments

This truly is an amazing year for novelists who podcast their novels. There are six of us who have (or had) a novel released in print this year:

I am excited, gratified, and joyful to be part of a community where there is such close contact and friendship between writers and their fans, and living in an era when it is possible to use the power of the web, podcasting, and RSS to publish your work to an appreciative audience. I cannot wait to do that myself.

The strength, unity, and warmth of the podcast fiction community shone forth especially brightly today, during the eight hours of Matt Selznick’s Webathon. Due to church and house-cleaning responsibilities, I wasn’t present and listening for the entire eight hours, but I still had an absolute blast. The webathon was hosted at Ustream.tv, which gives you a chat window right next to the live streaming video window. We listeners chatted with each other and with Matt, whom we could see and hear in the video. We announced when we’d purchased our copies of Matt’s book, Brave Men Run, from Amazon, and we monitored its rankings on the Amazon chart. I believe the highest it got during the webathon was #67 overall (that is, in the list of the top 100 most popular books), #26 in the Literature and Fiction category, and #3 in Action-Adventure. It was #72 overall the last time I checked. (Edit: It’s up to #65 overall as of 5:30 PM Pacific time on July 13. Woohoo!) That’s quite an achievement, and it could not have happened without all of us rallying behind Matt.

Matt Wallace and J.C. Hutchins just showed tons of class during the chat today. They’re both well-respected writers themselves, but whenever they were in the chat room, they did nothing but give props and praise to Matt Selznick and celebrate his achievements. I admire and respect them for that. Hutch, especially, deserves props for rallying the troops to buy more copies of the book. This is another of the things I love so much about this community: We all support each other without reservation.

Also, during the webathon, Matt Selznick read us short stories written by fellow podcasters, but set in the same universe as Brave Men Run. The only one I was able to listen to all the way through was Mur’s, which was titled “You Must Be My Lucky Star.” I enjoyed it, as always. The WiFi connection at the local Panera Bread, where I spent the afternoon, was being used by quite a few people, so I could only get bits and pieces of streaming audio and video while I was there. We got to hear a special treat near the end of the webathon: a very rough draft of the first chapter of Pilgrimage, the sequel to Brave Men Run. I enjoyed that, too, even though I could only hear some of it.

The chat room had such a wonderful, celebratory, friendly, and supportive mood to it. I really loved being there and hanging out with everyone. During the after-party that continued in the chat room after the live video had ended, someone actually asked me where I could be found on iTunes. I was quite flattered; I guess I blend in well with all the other podcasters already! I explained that I don’t have my own podcast just yet, and directed the person who had asked about me to Jack Mangan’s Deadpan Podcast instead, since that’s where I contribute the most. She subscribed right away. There were one or two other people earlier in the chat who said they were subscribing to it, too, because it came up in the conversation surrounding me. This was the icing on the cake of a truly wonderful day. I love my Podiobooks Tribe.

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  • 1. Matthew Wayne Selznick  |  July 13, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Amy, thanks so much for hanging out in the Webathon today and for posting this! I have to admit being especially tickled at the idea of the chat room having an “after party” atmosphere after the Webathon was over. That is just awesome, and a testimony to the community.

    What a great day!

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  • 2. amybowen  |  July 13, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    You’re welcome, Matt! The number of people dropped from almost 100 to 40-50 pretty quickly after the end of the Webathon, but there was still conversation going on for about an hour after that. It was, indeed, a great day. 🙂

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