June 25, 2016: We were at the Morris-Jumel Mansion for the Romance Festival, where we met several romance writers and heard panel discussions on topics ranging from contemporary and historical romance to BDSM.
June 18, 2016: We had a great time at the 34th Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade with our friend and artist, Jim Su. Jim is mentioned for his body painting in the Metropolicks chapter, "Me Horny, You Available?" Checkout some of Jim's artwork.
We love the colorful, carnival-like atmosphere of the Mermaid Parade! In fact, one of the chapters of Metropolicks, "Uninhibited," takes place at the Mermaid Parade. The parade is also mentioned in the summer events section of The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles.
Mermaid sightings at the parade included: a Wonder Woman mermaid, a Mermaid off duty, and Barbie mermaids. We also saw a creative "Sponge Bob" and a Starfish Wars group! Checkout our album below to see some of the amazing costumes we saw at the parade.
Album: The Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016
Being an indie author is about more than just being an author. As an indie author you've go to do EVERYTHING! After writing the book there's copyediting, page layout, cover design, and if you so choose, ebook conversion. Once the book is ready to be out there, indie authors then need to move into a very different phase of promotion, marketing, and sales. With Metropolicks, we definitely do it ALL ourselves. We are our own publishers, editors, publicists, marketers, sales force and social media team. And we've also produced and directed videos, managed photo shoots and multi-media events to promote Metropolicks.
Indie authors have to be resourceful, determined, trouble shooters and a sort of MacGyver* to figure things out, in order "to make things work for you."
Our latest challenge with Metropolicks has been getting Metropolicks and The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles into print. Initially both books were ebooks. So far it's been an endless marathon of edits. Even though we've had professional copyeditors look through the Metropolicks manuscript, we decided to go through another round of edits ourselves before going to print. Once the books hit the presses, that's it!
After receiving the first printed proof copies of Metropolicks in April, each of us painstakingly went through and copyedited the manuscript for the umpteenth time, going through each and every page of the book, scrutinizing every word down to the letter, every piece of punctuation, formatting, layout and spacing issues. Doing all this was no small feat since it turns out that Metropolicks is over 600 pages in print! It was very sobering to discover several new grammatical, typographical and copyediting issues. We also did a few minor re-writes.
On top of this, we have also had to deal with a number of print quality issues related to photographs that we have inside of both books and on the front and back covers. All that being said, we can only say that our journey to get our books into print continues...
*MacGyver was the name of a 1980's television series, in which the main character, Angus MacGyver, a secret agent uses his encyclopedic knowledge of the physical sciences to solve complex problems by making things out of ordinary objects with his ever-present Swiss Army knife.
This blog post was reposted from FeliciaLin.com
June 12, 2016: Today was the 59th Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, a New York City tradition, and the first major parade that unofficially marks the beginning of the summer. It's one of New York City's most popular parades and was mentioned in the summer events section of The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles. Now that summer is here you'll definitely want to check out our guide to find out about all of the fun events and things to to in New York City. The summer events section is the largest section of our guide!
We love the spirit and energy of the Puerto Rican Day Parade! And did you know that we have a special connection to the Puerto Rican Day Parade? Metropolicks co-author Victor Scott Rodriguez is half Puerto Rican. Click through our photos from this year's parade in the album below.
Album: The 2016 National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City
Look what came in the mail today- the first printed proof copy of Metropolicks. We are so thrilled to have this baby in our hands finally! Now we just have to get through the final round of edits and soon it will be available in print for the public. It's incredible to see it out in the world and how it's measured up to be 614 pages!
Metropolicks authors Victor Scott Rodriguez and Felicia Lin at a Full Pink Moon Party at The Alchemist's Kitchen, which is mentioned in their other book, The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles, which will also soon be available in print.
We had a lot of fun at our reading at Babeland's SoHo location last week!
We had a great crowd. Thanks to everyone new and familiar who came out to hear us and special thanks to Babeland for hosting us!
We had a lot of fun reading juicy excerpts from the chapters: Uninhibited, Men Who Love Blow Jobs and the Women Who Love Them, Warning Labels and Every Woman Is Different.
If you haven't already picked up your copy of Metropolicks, you can read the chapters Warning Labels and Men Who Love Blow Jobs and the Women Who Love Them for free by clicking HERE since they were a part of the 30 Days of Metropolicks campaign. But to read Uninhibited and Every Woman is Different, you'll have to buy the book.
A few lucky raffle winners won copies of the print version of Metropolicks, which will be going to press soon. And one member of our audience was so enthusiastic about the book that she wanted to take a crack at reading an excerpt herself.
Here are some additional photos from the event. Stay tuned for our future live events and news on the release of the print versions of Metropolicks and The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles.
Join Metropolicks co-authors Felicia Lin and Victor Scott Rodriguez as they read excerpts from their sexy romantic comedy novel, Metropolicks!
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @7pm
Babeland, SoHo location: 43 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10013
Come early! FIRST 10 guests to arrive will receive a "toy" to try at home.
*Print copies of Metropolicks will be raffled off at the event*
And prosecco will be also be served at the event.
Babeland and its fun workshops are recommended in Lin and Rodriguez's #1 Amazon bestseller, The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles.
Veteran movie and theater critic, Pia Lindström interviewed us about Metropolicks and The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles, and the interview aired on SiriusXM Radio on Valentine's Day. As Pia said in the interview, the book (Metropolicks) goes into everything from speed dating, sperm donors, anger management issues, drug use, and alcoholism, but Metropolicks is about much more than that with spiritual subplot lines, and five characters who each have his/her own unique path in their quest for love. If you missed out on hearing our interview, you can now listen to it here:
We did it again! This Valentine's Day weekend, The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles hit #1 on the AMAZON BEST SELLERS TOP 100 FREE ebooks in its category and #3 on the best seller Kindle Short Reads list.
Tune into the SiriusXM Radio show, Pia Lindström Presents on Sunday February 14th- yes that's Valentine's Day! And listen to our interview about Metropolicks and The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles. Our interview will air three times at 3am, 7am and 7pm EST. If you don't already subscribe to SiriusXM you can try it out for FREE by signing up for a trial subscription by clicking HERE.
To help you celebrate Valentine's Day in Metropolicks style we will be making The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles available for free on Amazon.com this Valentine's Day weekend from February 12-14.
Experience a night of fun and culture at the Asia Society Society's Valentine’s Day Japanese-themed Leo Bar Happy Hour!
Metropolicks co-authors Felicia Lin and Victor Scott Rodriguez will have a table at the event and some exciting announcements about their latest book, The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles. The Asia Society Society is one of the organizations recommended in the singles guide.
In celebration of the Asia Society Society's Valentine’s Day Japanese-themed Happy Hour we will be making The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles available for free on Amazon.com that night and for Valentine's Day weekend. It's our Valentine's gift to you. Download a copy of The Metropolicks We Call New York City for free from February 12-14.
The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles is now available on Amazon. Click HERE to purchase a copy of the book.
This event features free Museum tours of Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan, music, specialty cocktails, an origami demonstration with Michael G. LaFosse. and more!
Free admission. Cash bar
TODAY we were interviewed about Metropolicks and The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles for the Pia Lindström Presents Radio Show on SiriusXM Radio. The interview will air on Valentine's Day. Stay tuned for other exciting news and events that we have planned for Valentine's Day.
In the evening we attended The New York Press Club event "An Evening with Charles Osgood." Charles Osgood is the long time host of CBS Sunday Morning. He was interviewed by Steve Scott, anchor for CBS New Radio. It was a fascinating conversation. Questions posed by the audience ranged from what he thinks has contributed to the longevity of his career to why he prefers wearing bow ties.
We were there to celebrate the 17th anniversary of EuroCircle, one of our favorite networking organizations that is mentioned in The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles. At the event we met several of the amazing organizers that night and what a glamorous venue- the PHD Terrace at the Dream Hotel was!
If you're looking to meet new people or meet that special someone, the singles guide is available now on Amazon HERE.
Our interview with Lani Nelson of SinoVision English Channel about our latest book, The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles was released. Watch our interview to find out why The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles is your MUST have guide to meeting people in the Big Apple. Hear what co-authors Felicia Lin and Victor Scott Rodriguez had to say about many of the organizations, events and places mentioned in the guide which inspired the stories of Metropolicks.
We've redesigned the cover of The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles!
That's the beauty of an ebook- that we can change things like this 1-2-3. The first version was created by co-author Felicia Lin who admittedly is not a graphic designer and so she sought to rectify the situation. If you've already downloaded a copy of the book, what are you waiting for? Download it again from Amazon HERE to get this new version.
We are so thrilled that The Metropolicks We Call New York City: A Guide for Singles has made it to #1 on the AMAZON BEST SELLERS TOP 100 FREE ebooks in its category, and to #3 on the best Kindle Short Reads TODAY! There's definitely been a lot of work behind the scenes to get us to this point, but we really want to THANK all of our fans, readers and supporters. Without your help we would not have gotten there!
*The price of The Metropolicks We Call New York City will be going up to $2.99 some time later today.
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Here's to a Happy New Year "Metropolicks style!"
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