The Literary Career

Jonathan Lethem wrote, “I was what I would be if I wasn’t a writer.” He had been a bookstore clerk before attaining literary fame. This idea made me stop and think about my own career trajectory and whether I wound up where I should be, and what I would or could have been.
After all, good friend Ken Ishikawa once told me, “You know Carl, you don’t really spend too much time in any one job.” This I thought, was being adventurous, trying out new paths, expanding one’s horizons and capabilities, and a way to stay excited about work, by keeping it varied and always new. Apparently it could also be misread as lazy, easily bored, and unable to hold down a job. Read more of this post

Geek Tragedies, in stores, online, and on the road!

Hey all! I know a new entry has been long overdue, but a month of hibernation (spent on the sustenance of PS3 gaming) and the re-entry and adjustment to a new job have generally had my brain too pre-occupied. In the meantime though, I’ve written up an essay on films and piracy that might come out in the .mov journal to be released next month.

And as for the Geek Tragedies news, it’s being delivered to various branches around the country. It’s now also available through through this link.  I’ll also be heading up to Baguio with Kash and my sister for a weekend trip that will be capped off with me doing an author talk at Mt. Cloud on the 21st.

At present I’ve also got my headspace committed to planning and preparations for the launch of the UP Press’s first line of digital titles, which will be on September 7. Very excited to see the UP Press going into this kind of publishing, and I’m happy and proud to be a part of this movement. Lots of things are happening and it’s exciting to be a part of it.

Then again it does get in the way of my blogging. But as things normalize, you’ll hear a little but more from me.

Geek Tragedies! Pick your format

It’s hard not to get excited about this latest book. Everyone who published, even just an article in a magazine or a paper, and hey, even sometimes just a blog entry, gets a kick out of the chance of being read. Me, not only do I get an opportunity to be read, but this is a chance for people who didn’t get to read my stories when they came out in publications or anthologies to read them as a collection. Adding to that excitement is that the book is out not only in print, but also in digital. I know I’ve been harping on that fact for some time, but it’s something that I was pushing for, and I got it. In a time when my professional career isn’t at its best point, it’s something like this that pulls me up and says, hey you aren’t doing too bad, man.

So there’s the book in two formats, which I have here at home. You can get the digital version on Amazon and the print version from UP Press, at their bookstore now, or at National in a couple of weeks.

It’s really something to see the two versions side by side. The iPad version is also really fun, the whole thing being formatted in comic fonts, fully-colored and preserving the artwork and coloring by the very awesome Josel Nicolas and Adam David. Adam talks about the design of the book here and here, and I talk about it here. I think that there are so few people reading now anyway that we should provide them with the easiest way to purchase the books, and in the format that they prefer. And I think that this is a step towards that. I also hope that this will prove that digital and print don’t have to compete with each other, but can be used to promote each other.

Oh and shirts! There are pics of us with the shirts (some models more attractive than others as Kash Avena and Chingbee Cruz sport the shirts along with Josel, Adam, and me) in Adam’s facebook album here. These are pics from the launch day, when we picked up the shirts, hung out, went to the launch, and hung out some more.

Anyways, I’m really happy to have this book out and I’m hoping that you guys can all help to promote it. Please repost, blot, review, whatever. Help me get the word out, let’s get those people all over the world with Amazon accounts interested, and let’s also get our friends to go to the bookstore and give the book a try. It’s a collection that tries to reach out to a more  popular audience, and I do think that it can get a lot of people reading and having fun while reading.

Geek Tragedies now in Print and Digital!

Today’s the launch of Geek Tragedies (you can click here for details) and according to Flipside head honcho Anthony de Luna I am indeed the first Filipino author to do simultaneous print and digital releases. I don’t believe that the two have to compete, and I believe that they have distinctly different markets. So publishers who penalize e-book readers by delaying releases have it wrong, I think. And this wonderful collaboration between author and publishers (UP Press and Flipside) will bode well for readers the world over. I hope that this launch and the way I’m doing it will serve as a spearhead to getting more of our books out there in the world, into the hands of more readers. Thanks too to Jenny Ortuoste for the lengthy mention in her column in the Manila Standard Today, and her general support of various modes of publishing for the sake of readers. Also, following the merchandising push of The Kobayashi Maru of Love, we’re coming out with shirts! Read more of this post

UP Press Launch July 1! featuring, among other books, Geek Tragedies!

Hello Friends! Hope to see you on Friday for the UP Press Launch, where they will be launching 9 new titles, including Geek Tragedies. It’s 5pm at the GT Toyota Hall of Wisdom, Magsaysay cor. Katipunan, Asian Center, UP Diliman. Friday’s launch also coincides with the book’s digital launch published by Flipside, so it’ll be available in Amazon for DL. (Question: Am I the first local writer to do simultaneous digital and print launches? It’d be pretty cool if I were) I’m very excited for the launch, not only because I’m excited for my own book but also because I am in some pretty rarefied company. To see the complete list of books please check out the UP Press site.

And yesterday I got a mention in Prof. Butch Dalisay’s column in the Philippine Star. Thanks Sir Butch for taking the time to mention me and help promote my books. And thanks to everyone else who has bought, downloaded, or reserved copies. Please do rate them and post reviews on Amazon, goodreads, and wherever else you’re posting stuff. Thanks again and hope to see you all.

Geek Tragedies Sampler Available for Free Download!

As I try and build up to the launch of Geek Tragedies on July 1, I want to give people  a chance to see some of it, read some of it. Included in this sampler are the Intro by Adam David, some art by Adam and Josel, the short story Everybody Gets Off at Cubao, and a six word story. Please check it out, pass it around, tell your friends. If you like it, you can get it in print from the UP Press and in digital formats by Flipside on Amazon and soon the iBookstore. Spread the word, true believers! Check the link to my Scribd feed for other stuff too!

Geek Tragedies Available on Amazon!

Geek Tragedies by Carljoe Javier

Geek Tragedies will be officially launched on July 1! The launch of the print version will be held at the UP Press MegaLaunch at 5pm in the GT-Toyota Hall of Wisdom at the Asian Center. But if you want a digital version (care of Flipside Digital), you can pre-order it from Amazon! The full version will download to your Kindle or other reading device July 1, but you can start reading the book now. If you download it, please also rate it on Amazon to help other readers find the book. iPad version’s to follow.

I’m very excited about Geek Tragedies, as I think it’s a really fun book with a good variety of stories. It’s also the first Filipino book, as far as I know, that will have simultaneous print and digital launches. Please check it out in whatever format you like, and pass the word around, repost, etc etc. thanks everybody for helping out.