Friday, April 1, 2011
SOUTHEASTERN LITERARY TOURISM INITIATIVE
Patrick Brian Miller does too. So much so, that he created a website for the purpose of highlighting the connection between novels and setting. He calls his site the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative (SELTI) and uses each entry to focus on a particular book, the author, and especially the area where the book is set.
When Patrick selects a book to feature on his site, he does what he hopes you will do with that book. He reads it, travels to the place where the story happens and explores! Then he goes home and plots his blog post. His meaty entries include an excerpt from the book, background info, Author Links, and a Tourism Guide with links to all sorts of sightseeing opportunities!
One of the most intriguing things about Patrick is his passion for literary tourism and the fact that he maintains contact with the authors he features. Every so often I get a status update to let me know how many visitors are clicking onto the COMFORT feature he created back in October 2010. He always gives me an analysis of how visitors are finding the feature and how it compares with other features on SELTI.
Patrick is intrigued with the dynamism that can happen when people make that connection between literature and story and clearly he is has a vision for how technology can make that difference. A few months ago he released his own novel BLIND FATE on Kindle.
excerpt of Blind Fate here!
Email Patrick at email@example.com and read more about SELTI here.
Also, please browse the SELTI features for online tourism guides to many Southern books.