Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Big Reveal: The Real Story of BRAVE MEN RUN on July 13, 2008


Folks, for weeks now, I’ve been talking about “Brave Men Run — A Novel of the Sovereign Era” being released in a brand new paperback edition from Swarm Press on Sunday, July 13, 2008.

I’ve urged you — if you want to own a copy of the book, please wait to purchase it from Amazon.com on that day, so that together, everyone can push “Brave Men Run” as far up the Amazon bestseller charts as possible.

I’ve talked about how I’ll be live via streaming video all day long in a “web-a-thon” as a way to show solidarity for everyone who buys the book from Amazon.com on that day. I’ll give you updates on the progress of “Brave Men Run” as you help it climb the Amazon charts, and we’ll hang out together in the embedded chat room.

And… I’ve talked about the special content I’ll have for you on that Sovereign Summer Sunday… but I’ve never told you what that content will be.

Until now.

Another Podcasting First

Ladies and gentlemen, on Sunday, July 13, 2008, every hour on the hour for eight hours beginning at 10:00 AM Eastern / 7:00 AM Pacific time, I will present a brand new, original short story set in the first year of the Sovereign Era universe. These stories — official Sovereign Era canon — are from some of the most respected authors of podcast fiction:

I’ll be reading each story aloud, on camera, absolutely live, in random order — so be sure to check in every hour so you don’t miss your favorite author!

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. I know each author worked very hard on their stories, and I’m honored and humbled by how willing and eager they were to play in the Sovereign Era sandbox. My universe is richer for it.

Spread the Word

If you’ve followed the history of this book for a while, you know my number one directive for the fans: tell everyone you know about “Brave Men Run.”. That’s never been more important than in these days leading up to Sunday, July 13, 2008. I need your help to get the word out about this one-of-a-kind event.

  • If you have a blog, please write a post about it.
  • If you have a podcast — audio or video — please mention it in your next episode.
  • If you have a web site of any kind, please put up the “I Will Be There” badge.
  • If you participate in any of the social bookmarking sites like Digg or Propeller, please share this story: ShareThisShareThis
  • Paper the news all over the virtual walls of Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Second Life, FriendFeed, and anywhere else you hang your social media hat
  • ???? Use your imagination, your connections, your online voice. I have faith in you.

Together, We Can Make New Media History

My goal on Sunday, July 13, 2008 is to reach the top of the Amazon.com charts. Sure, it’s been tried before, and folks got pretty high up there.

Together, I want us to hit number one.

I want us to wake up Eckhart Tolle. I want us to shake the hand of David Sedaris… as we pass him by. I want Brad Thor to shed a tear. I want Stephenie Meyer — whose book hasn’t even been released yet — to take a day off from sitting in that number one seat.


Not to get a big publishing deal. I’ve already got a deal, with the great indie Swarm Press. I want to raise attention. Attention for Swarm. Attention for “Brave Men Run.”

Most of all, attention for you: you are the ones who decide what sells, what gets heard, what gets seen. Near-exclusive control of media distribution is slipping out of the grasp of traditional publishers. Let’s make them tremble so fierce, they lose it once and for all.

You can do it.

I’ll see you here on Sunday, July 13, 2008, at 10:00 AM Eastern / 7:00 AM Pacific and on through the day. You will love the stories I have to tell… and together, we’ll write a new one.

Thank you.

Monday, June 30, 2008

BRAVE MEN RUN release party Sunday, July 13, 2008!

Release Party Sunday, July 13, 2008!

Matthew Wayne Selznick's modern superhero drama Brave Men Run will be released in paperback from Swarm Press on Sunday, July 13, 2008! We're asking everyone who wants a copy to purchase the book on that day--if everyone buys the book on Sunday, July 13 from Amazon.com, we can push it to the top of the charts and make an explosive impact for Brave Men Run, Swarm Press, and the power you, the user, has over new media!

All Day Web-a-thon

Join Matthew Wayne Selznick at BraveMenRun.com at the top of every hour on Sunday, July 13 via live streaming video! He’ll have updates on the book’s success on the Amazon charts, chat with viewers, and have very special Sovereign Era content to share with you.

Friday, June 27, 2008

PULSE News interviews author Van Allen Plexico

Comicon's PULSE News has posted a new interview with Sentinels author Van Allen Plexico here.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Bowie Ibarra's PIT FIGHTERS now available for pre-order!

Pit Fighters: Baptism by Fire by Bowie Ibarra

Five different nations. Five different styles. One goal.

A young Kung-Fu master following his spiritual path. A pugilist from Scotland trying to resurrect a failed boxing career. A Russian Sambo expert looking for a new lease on life in America. A Mexican luchador attempting to cross over into mixed martial arts. A street thug searching for a new lease on life off the streets.

Drifting from across the globe to the small south Texas town of San Uvalde, the fighters assemble under the banner of a risk-taking entrepreneur. Combining their diverse backgrounds and unique skills, the men become a team united in one goal: glory in the new sport of mixed martial arts.

But will their unity and skills be enough to overcome their individual shortcomings, demons, and doubts when they are locked in a cage and tested by some of the deadliest fighters in the world? There will be only one supreme champion, and it will take more than skill, guts, and determination to succeed among a reborn breed of warriors: Pit Fighters.

Pre-order now at just $14.95 and get free shipping!

"This is one of the most imaginative, yet true-to-the-sport accounts of the hard living that trained fighters must endure. Casual fight fans will be drawn in quickly as Ibarra paints the picture perfectly for them, while longtime fans will thrill with every vivid description of falls, punches, holds, and triumphs."

--Jeromy Sage, River City Wrestling Heavyweight Champion

Friday, June 20, 2008

BRAVE MEN RUN Featured On Comicon Pulse!

“Pulse”, the online magazine / forum for the official ComicCon website, is featuring an interview with Matthew Wayne Selznick all about his forthcoming Swarm Press novel Brave Men Run — A Novel of the Sovereign Era. Check it out right here!

The article is also part of the Pulse user forums — free registration is required to post, but we hope you’ll take the time to lend your thoughts and support about Brave Men Run and get some discussion going over there. We're excited to see what kind of attention the first real promotion in a very comics-centric outlet brings the book.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Introducing BRAVE MEN RUN wallpaper!

Matthew Wayne Selznick--author of the forthcoming Swarm Press modern day superhero novel Brave Men Run--has taken the beautiful cover art and whipped up some stylish wallpaper for your computer, laptop, or mobile device. Check out the Brave Men Run Wallpapers page! There are two designs for computers: one for regular monitors, and another for widescreens. Also, you can slap the cover on your mobile phone, thanks to a partnership with Myxer.com. It’s all right here, and it’s all free!

If you’d really like to go the extra mile, put the wallpaper on your computer at work, and when people ask about it… that’s right! Tell them all about Brave Men Run: A Novel of the Sovereign Era. Tell ‘em all about how they can buy it from Amazon.com on July 13, 2008. Tell ‘em how they can listen to it for free as a podcast.

Spread the word every way you can! Thanks!

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