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The Massive FUTUREPROOF Book Give Away

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It has recently come to my attention that I have 35 so-called “author copies” of my novel, futureproof, just sitting in a box at my agent’s office. So I thought to myself, “Why don’t you sign all those copies and send them out to readers?” Fairly obvious thing to do, I guess.

But here’s the catch: I don’t want to send these books to just anyone. I want to send them to the people “pop” sociologist Malcolm Gladwell refers to as “mavens” and “connectors.”  My novel is doing well three months out of the gate, but there is still a very large, untapped audience out there who don’t even know it exists. Alas, this is the plight of nearly every author. It is one thing to find a willing publisher, quite another to find the audience for your book once it’s actually unleashed upon the world. There are so many different choices for today’s entertainment consumer, it’s no surprise that there would be a struggle for any writer or musician or filmmaker to find all the people who would be truly interested in what he/she has to say. And artists cannot rely upon them to find us. There is just too much obliterating the senses to expect the miracle of overnight success.

So that’s where YOU come in, you mavens and connectors out there. I am looking for SEVEN (7) people to whom I will send five (5) copies of futureproof apiece. One copy will be for you to keep, the other four will be for you to give to other mavens and connectors. (For more in-depth description of just what, exactly, a maven and a connector are/do, you can look at Gladwell’s The Tipping Point wikipedia page, the next best thing to actually reading his incredible book). The overall hope for this futureproof give away is that 35 influential readers will get their hands on these books and spread an epidemic of futureproof fever. Every book has an audience, and this is my push to really find the audience who has been (unknowingly) waiting for a copy of this book to fall into their hands.

So…think you fit the bill? Can you help me find the readers who would really connect with my novel? If so, if you want to be one of the LUCKY SEVEN who has five copies of futureproof mailed directly to your door, email me at NFRANKDANIELS AT GMAIL DOT COM, or just leave a comment under this post. I’d like to have all 35 books mailed out by early next week, so contact me asap.

Oh, and for a good idea of what people are saying about futureproof, take a look at my Myspace page, right column. And thanks in advance for throwing your weight behind me.

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Craig from Craigslist Talks To Me About Finding a Job Through The Site He Founded

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Funny how connections are made. When I was in Nashville a few weeks ago, desperately trying to find a job, I, like many other job seekers in metropolitan areas, turned to craigslist.org for help. But instead I was greeted with a litany of scams. Frustrated, I Twittered something to the effect of “Is there one motherfucking real job offered on craigslist or is it all bullshit?” Thats when THE Craig (I’d say the most well-known Craig on earth aside from maybe Jenny Craig?) contacted me about rotting out these scammers trying to take hungry job-seekers for what little they have left.

I was impressed. I mean, this guy personally took it upon himself to try to make craigslist better for one single person. That, my friends, is customer service. So I asked Craig if he’d grant me a short interview. He agreed. And from thence forth N. Frank Daniels’ faith in mankind was at least temporarily restored. Here’s the interview:

Me: Craigslist is one of the most popular and well-known web-sites on the
planet. It is a place where people can buy and sell items, where one can
look for dates, but in these difficult economic times it is probably most
depended upon as a place where job-seekers turn to look for work. As with
any site as highly trafficked as craigslist, it is also seen as a mecca
for scammers and spammers. Can you give me a brief run-down as to what you do to try to cut down on these sorts of activities on the site?

 
Craig: I don’t think we’re seen as “mecca” for bad guys, since they learn that
we’re really good at helping cops locate bad guys. However, our first
line of defense is our use community, which flags away most of the bad
stuff. Over time, we’ll get even smarter about dealing with this.

Me: You’ve told me in previous emails that you put in 15 hour days personally trying to rid the site of as many of these scammers and spammers as you can. What is the process you use to try to rid the site of these manipulators? Do you find that this is an ever-increasing problem now that websites such as CNN and others are publishing stories of individuals looking for work on craigslist, thereby increasing the visibility even more?
 
Craig: Every day, I work around eight am to eleven pm irregularly, taking the hours off I need to get errands done, to relax, maybe see friends. for the
most part the bad stuff is brought to me attention using a variety of
tools including email and internal software tools. It’s not really
increasing; there are only so many bad guys out there.
 
Me: Any advice for us job-hunters as to how we can smell out these fraudulent job offers?
 
Craig: We have a lot of good advice at:

http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

Me: Do you take pride in the fact that craigslist is playing such a major role in giving desperate job seekers a glimmer of hope in finding work? Does
this increased visibility on the help wanted section of craigslist change
the over-all vision you have for the site?
 
Craig: I feel really good about that for a moment, then it’s back to work, in
part, wondering how we can help more. No vision, just, how do we do
better?

Thanks for taking the time, Craig. Again, I appreciate your help with this. Just the fact that you have taken the initiative to personally answer my emails says volumes about you as a buinessman and a person.

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THE Most Amazing, Inspiring 6 Mins. I Have Witnessed In Years

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The woman above singing into an old hairbrush has completely changed the way I look at everything. Now, look, I know I am no stranger to hyperbole, but the performance this woman gave two days ago on the British show “Britain’s Got Talent” is nothing short of incredible.

Susan Boyle is her name. She lives alone with a cat, has never married, has never even been kissed, and be honest, she looks like the most easily ignorable person you’ve ever met.

But watch this fucking video. Watch the way the three judges, including Simon Cowell, completely disregard her, how the entire audience laughs at her, and then how she literally moves them to tears.

I don’t like showtunes. I HATE American Idol. I generally hate musicals. But she sings the song from Les Miserables “I Dreamed A Dream” and it FLOORED me. I was literally crying, so fucking enraptured. Read the lyrics:

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine untasted

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
And they turn your dream to shame

And still I dream he’ll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather

I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I’m living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.”

She tells Simon that she has not made it as a singer because “I’ve never been given the chance before.” The words to the song testify to what kind of life this 47 year old woman might have lived. Now, because of one chance, one MOMENT, she is inspiring millions.

I’m just…so thankful for every minute of this life. And the beauty and inspiration that can come from places you would have never thought to look.

P.S. Watch Simon Cowell’s look of bliss at 4:04 in the video. His chin is in his hands and he literally sighs. Just incredible.

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