Over the last month, I’ve been doing some late late night web work for free for some old college friends. Emphasis on old, ha ha! Hi Nads! Hi Erin!
These friends have been wonderful to me through the years, taking care of me and mine when things went bad, and just being there for me the rest of the time. The least I can do is share server space and bandwidth, and help them out with my mad skillz.
My friend Erin is publishing her own novel, which she has been working on for years. I made a promotional website for her book, and I’ve just finished setting her up with a web store. We’re finally live!
Jane E, Friendless Orphan : a Memoir is a sci-fi novel based on Charlotte Brönte’s Jane Eyre. She basically did a rewrite of a 1800s blockbuster hit chick flick (if there had been blockbuster hit chick flicks in the 1800s, that’s what Jane Eyre would have been.) And in my opinion, my friend Erin turned it into a William Gibson / Bruce Sterling epic, with touches of Jane Austen and Charlotte Brönte romanticism. I did her site late at night in between work, family and sleep, so it isn’t as kick ass as I’d have liked. But I’ll revamp it over the next few weeks.
I’d like to ask for a favor from my readers. Go check out her site, read the novel excerpts, and blog about it.
If you’re interested in buying my friend’s novel AND you’ve blogged about it, I can get you a 5% off discount coupon code to use on her web store. Tell your readers, get them to blog, and not only do they get a 5% discount code too, you get a 10% off discount. (These discounts are sponsored by me. You’ll get your money off, and I will cover my friend’s full price. Everybody wins.)
Help my friend pick up some Google juice, and get some money off on some summer reading (it also would make a great gift for those graduating seniors.) No bloggy, no tickie.
Comment here once you’ve blogged about it. I will also check Technorati trackbacks on this post, to see how the experiment is going, and work out which coupon you’ve earned. It can hardly be called work to write a few paragraphs (specially when you can quote from here and her website), and you get to save some money on some great reading material.
My other friend’s website isn’t so serious, and it literally took me 30 minutes to set up, and it’s not so potentially kick ass because I didn’t write any of the web code. But it’s no less special. Nada Boldly Going Nowhere, is a photo gallery, plain and simple. Maybe someday she’ll get further with the times, and ask me to set her up with a blog. It will be a cooking blog, probably. Or a knitting blog. Or a gardening blog. If we go by 70% of the pictures in her gallery, it will be a kitty porn blog. (Update: she’s put up more pictures, and the ratio of cats to other things has shifted. So it’s now a more heterogeneous mix. Oh well.)
I can’t coerce you to blog about this one, as there are no products for sale involved. But visit the site if you’d like. Blog about it if you want.
At any rate, help me and my friends pick up some Google juice, and I’ll make it worth your while.