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Giving Away My Books Makes Me Want to Write More

December 21, 2013

Ganked giveaway goodies almost ready to be mailed.

With Christmas around the corner, the season for giving is definitely here. While I do like the whole receiving side of gifts, this year I’m especially excited for a couple of packages I’m giving away.

Last week, my Ganked Ten Day Giveaway ended and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it all turned out and who won.

Great Response from Goodreads

When I put Ganked up as a giveaway for ten days earlier this month, I had no idea what to expect. I figured a few people would enter and that’d be that.

A few turned into 681 people entering with close to 300 adding it to their “To Read” shelves.  For a new book with zero reviews on the site, I was very happy to have people take notice.

And I’m even more happy to send two copies out to the winners Gail and Marisa (along with some bookmarks and stuff.)

Overall, I’m very pleased with how the giveaway went and will definitely run another in the new year.

But mostly, giving books away makes me want to write more.

Familiar Process with New Results

I’ve written over 30 books for kids for numerous publishers, so this “after publishing publicity push” isn’t anything new for me. Once a book is available, my publisher sends it out to the usual places for reviews and sometimes even places an ad or two in a trade magazine. All amazing stuff that I love them for.

With Ganked, I’m the publisher. I’m the one doing this sort of stuff. I’m directly involved in every step along the way. I get a new thrill when I see readers respond in a positive way. From the emails of support from the amazing people subscribing to my newsletter to “to read” tagging, each is a direct connection to my writing.

That feels new for me. And it makes me want to create more and more and more.

So, I’m doing just that. The sequel to Ganked is taking shape and I’m putting the finishing touches the first in a new series of books for a totally awesome Canadian publisher, who I’ll name very, very soon.

And then there’s the Pixelhead, the new Tech Tales short story about a kid who wakes up looking like a video game character.

Oh, and there’s also that other one  .  .  . you get the idea.

I’d be honoured if joined me on this journey into new writing. You can do that by subscribing to my Reading Change newsletter. It lands in your inbox every month and comes with a new Tech Teaching resource you can use with the young learners in your life.

In the meantime, happy reading!


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Feeding Change Dings Ten. What the – !?

December 14, 2013

Yikes! I just realized that four days ago, this blogged turned 10 years old. Ten. Wow.

It all started with this post in 2003 where I railed against Flat Stanely cozying up to Karl Rove from Bush Inc.

And I haven’t stopped railing ever since.

That’s not true. I did stop in 2008, when I started teaching and was burned out by sharing my mind chunks with the interwebnets.

The rise of games in education and people getting it wrong changed all that. Watching educators, tired of being excited about wikis, suddenly get excited about video games got me blogging again.

And I’ve kinda meandered around talking about writing, technology in education, video games as learning tools, and a particular blocky game that folks just can’t stop playing.

I made friends through this blog, connected with people around the world and generally had a lot of fun speaking my mind.

It’s been a great decade. I’m looking forward to a few more decades down the line.

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Ganked Ten Day Giveway

December 3, 2013

With the print edition of Ganked now available, it’s about time I ran a giveaway contest. So here you go!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Ganked by Liam O'Donnell


by Liam O’Donnell

Giveaway ends December 14, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


It all kicks off tonight at midnight and will run for 10 days. Hop into Goodreads and enter to win two autographed copies of Ganked (and other goodies, too!)


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Ganked print edition arrives. I am happy.

November 20, 2013

I’ve written over 30 books and graphic novels for kids over the last decade. I like them all. A lot. I’m always happy when the first printed copies arrive at my door. I get to hold them, put them on my bookshelf, show them to my family, so they know that crazy idea I’ve been talking about for the last year is actually a real “Thing”.

So, I was all prepared for the arrival of the print edition of Ganked: Geeked Out Mysteries #1. Except I wasn’t. I kinda freaked out. And it was cool.

I’ve been bathering on about how much I’ve learned from self-publishing Ganked, after traditionally publishing my other books. You don’t have to search far online to find other authors talking about the benefits to publishing your own work (with the help of many talented people, I might add.)

Anyway, tl;dr version: I got my print copies of Ganked and they are kinda awesome (and I hate using that word.)

Here’s what they looked coming out of the Amazon box:


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You see. Awesome, right?

But wait. You gotta check them out on my bookshelf against my other (also awesome) books:


It looks better bigger. You know you want to.

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Why I’m Launching Ganked Quietly in a Noisy World

October 19, 2013

Ganked-drop-shadow2525-500WFriday was a bit of a quiet celebration day around here.

First, it was Friday and that always puts a spring in my step.

Second, my young adult gamer geek mystery, Ganked was officially released into the world as an ebook. The print edition will follow in mid-November.

I say it was a “quiet celebration” because Ganked was released without much fanfare or rafflecoptering giveaways, blog hops or well, much of anything really. It just kinda became “available”. And I couldn’t be happier.

After publishing 30-odd books and participating in my fair share of book launch parties and signings, I’ve decided a quiet book launch is the way to go in this very noisy world. And it’s not because I’m becoming a crusty old writer.

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Get Ganked on Wattpad

October 14, 2013


It’s locked down and online. No more edits. No more tweaking. Time to step back and let go.

Yesterday, I uploaded the final version of Ganked: Geeked Out Mysteries #1 to Smashwords, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and Kobo (it will be on Amazon on Oct 18th).

The ebook version of my latest Young Adult gamer geek murder mystery is available for pre-order at those fine sites and goes live Friday, October 18th.

The paperback will be released mid-November. More details on that soon.

I’m kind of excited by all of this whole self-publishing thing (can you tell?)

So excited, that I uploaded the first couple of chapters to Wattpad, where you can read, share and comment on the chapters and request more if you like. Learn more about Ganked here.

If you or a teen you know is looking for a mystery filled with dodgy gold farmers, slimy account hackers and geeky intrigue, then dive into Ganked on Wattpad and let me know what you think!

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Bringing the Minecraft to ECOO 2013

October 5, 2013

mutli-sign-shoreham2013I’ll be yammering on about Minecraft a lot this October at the upcoming ECOO 2013 conference, in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Last year’s ECOO Minecraft Madness was a lot of fun and this year promises to be bigger, better and blockier than ever before.

Read on to find out why.

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