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Hey gang - bit of a favor to ask!  Tomorrow (March 17th) is my birthday.  You know what would make my year week day?  Book sales!  If you have a few extra bucks hanging around on a gift card or in your bank account, I’d love it if you considered buying any (or all) of my six YA marching novels.  Waking up on my b-day to have a higher rank would be like woah.

They are available on:

iTunes

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

If money is an issue, you can still help - positive reviews on any of the above or Goodreads/Shelfari also = awesome.  Even reblogging this would be helpful!

~Courtney Brandt (the person behind Marching Arts Photos)

So, my books make good gifts.  Just saying.

Yes, I’m posting before Thanksgiving.  #dealwithit

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The holidays are about to take over and whether or not you want to buy into the craziness, let’s face it, it’s fun to give things to people you care about.  Here is a list of suggestions for the band geek in your life:

1.  DCI, anything.  In fact, how about the DCI 2013 World Championships DVD? Holy balls, how did I know how expensive this was?  Maybe instead of the DVD, how about an IOU for tickets to some 2014 event?

2.  On the same topic, why not get your friends souvies from their favorites corps.  That way, it’s like two gifts in one – supporting a corps and making your friend happy.

3.  Have a friend who likes to read?  There is a lot of great stuff out there, including…my books!   I’m actually happy to announce that The Line Anthology (as well as the 4 of the Line series books, Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek and Major Pain) is now available for digital download (and very reasonably priced). Obvious self promotion is obvious.

4.  Even MOAR books!  Not for the Faint of Heart (by Spike Van Wert), Building the Green Machine (Colt Foutz), and for some humor, Band Nerds Poetry From The 13th Chair Trombone Player, The Marching Band Nerds Handbook (both by DJ Corchin).

5.  Have a friend auditioning for a corps?  Instead of a lame gift certificate, why not give them money specifically dedicated to their tour or audition fund?  It’s a personal gift that will mean a lot.  (Or, hey, have some extra airline miles - think about donating them so your friend can travel).

6.  Don’t have a lot of money?  Who does?  How about getting the address of one of your virtual friends and sending them an actual card?  In the mail.  Burn them a CD.  Use stickers.  Make someone’s day for the cost of a stamp…  Useful in the kitchen?  Try baking!  You can show someone you care for them in the thought behind the gift.

7.  Anything from the Tone Deaf store.

8.  A subscription to Halftime Magazine.

9.  Check out Etsy for any number of original jewelry / artwork / one of a kind music stuff.

10.  Some gear from Lot Riot.

11.  Know a good photographer?  I know a few!  ;)  Have a great image of you, your section, or your band from this season?  Why not print and frame it?

Also, if you can tell me where to find this pencil, I would be super excited:

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So, what am I missing?  What would you like to receive this holiday season?

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…I’m putting together my 2013 band geek gift guide.  If anyone wants a shout out or promotion for their stuff, just send me a message and I’ll try to include it.

It’s my thing every year…but if you’re looking for a unique band related graduation gift for your favorite senior, why not one of my books?  Or money, everyone loves money.  A Fine Line, The Line Up and Major Pain all center around a senior season.  Just saying.

All the best to Class of 2013!

Sign the petition and reblog to get this out there!  Only 323 signatures needed.

Here’s my big head.  Check out the link here and please reblog for some signal boost.   Hear my weird voice me talk about my book Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek.

I know I’m supposed to be “stepping back” from this blog, but I just can’t quit you am in need of your help!

Not sure if you’ve heard of the Marching Roundtable, but yours truly will be recording an episode next weekend (talking about Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek and perhaps, this Tumblr account!).

Guess what?  They are looking for some of my readers to perhaps, contribute to the podcast and / or submit questions about the book.  Is that you?  I really hope so.  Contact the coordinators of Marching Roundtable on their facebook page or just e-mail them directly: tim@marchingroundtable.com

Let me know if you have any questions!

Allow me this one post for shameless self promotion, okay followers?  The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is usually my best sales period.  And since I equate my book sales with self esteem, it’s my favorite time of year. 

If you’re looking for a gift for a friend and haven’t been able to find anything for them just yet, I’d like to suggest my books on Amazon, Nook, or iPad.  And yes, if you prefer a paperback, there are physical copies of every book but the last novel (they are just a bit more expensive).

Additionally, if money’s tight, you can:

1.  Add the books on your ‘wish list’ - you know, so you can get around to ordering them one day.

2.  Read the books already?  I love you.  As a completely free gift to me, why not leave a nice review?

3.  Maybe you are awesome and have Amazon Select?  Why not borrow any of my books for free?

4.  Just reblog this post and help me get the word out there.

Thanks!

Hey gang - it’s the first ever Marching Arts Decorate Your Instrument Challenge!  From (now) December 1st - December 15th, I’ll be accepting submissions (go here).  Some pictures will get posted.

Prizes will be decent good worth your time.  I’m pitching in a $15 gift card to Amazon (of which you could buy some of my books, just saying), or will donate the same amount to your corps fund and my new friends at Lot Riot are adding a shirt (or two!).

So get creative and start decorating!

And please ask questions, because I probably haven’t thought this through very well.

Thanks again to united-we-gl0w for the idea!

Hey gang - as the holiday season continues, I wanted to mention a new company I just heard about, Lot Riot.

http://lotriot.tumblr.com/

facebook.com/lotriot

http://lot-riot.myshopify.com

An apparel company that designs clothes (shirts and hoodies) for drumline and band/corps kids?  Yes, please!  Personally, I’m a fan of the Pioneers shirt.

So, the holidays are taking over and whether or not you want to buy into the craziness that encompasses the country, and let’s face it, it’s fun to give things to people you care about.  Here is a list of suggestions for the band geek in your life.

1.  DCI, anything.  In fact, how about the DCI World Championships 2012 DVD?

2.  On the same topic, why not get your friends souvies from their favorites corps?  That way, it’s like two gifts in one – supporting a corps and making your friend happy.

3.  Have a friend who likes to read?  There is a lot of great stuff out there, including…my books!  You can get The Line series for Kindle, Nook, and iPad (electronic books between $0.99 - $2.99 and print books are around $13).  There’s also my newest books, Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek and Major Pain.  Obvious self promotion is obvious.

4.  Even MOAR books!  Not for the Faint of Heart (by Spike Van Wert), Building the Green Machine (Colt Foutz), and for some humor, Band Nerds Poetry From The 13th Chair Trombone Player, The Marching Band Nerds Handbook (both by DJ Corchin).

5.  Have a friend auditioning for a corps?  Instead of a lame gift certificate, why not give them money specifically dedicated to their tour or audition fund?

6.  Don’t have a lot of money?  Who does?  How about getting the address of one of your virtual friends and sending them a card?  In the mail.  Burn them a CD.  Use stickers.  Make someone’s day for the cost of a stamp…  This author may or may not be especially homesick and would love to see some mail.

7.  Anything from the Tone Deaf store.

8.  A subscription to Halftime Magazine.

9.  You could always buy music themed jewelry – Etsy’s got some cool stuff. 

10.  I have no idea what to get your crush, so don’t ask me.


So, what am I missing?  What would you like to receive this holiday season?

 And of course, if you see anything on this list, you could always…

 

Yes, they do.