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Matt Stewart
Matt Stewart is an author, idea man, and tech/green marketeer based in San Francisco. He made headlines worldwide by releasing his debut novel, The French Revolution, on Twitter--now available in bookstores everywhere. Drop him a line at or follow him on twitter at @mjfstewart; loads more at

Entries by Matt Stewart

Holiday Bonus: Why I'm Releasing a Deleted Scene From my Novel on Cyber Monday

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 7:27 PM

Last winter, as I was editing my debut novel, The French Revolution, I confronted a thorny section detailing a wild Christmas scene which my editor had highlighted for revision. Penned with youthful vigor and imaginative flair, the scene was a hell of a romp but also...

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When Titans Collide

(12) Comments | Posted July 27, 2010 | 12:39 AM


Two publishing industry titans smashed into each other last week, and it couldn't have come sooner.

Basically, Random House has been screwing authors by assuming ebook rights they were never contractually awarded--because ebooks hadn't been invented in contracts negotiated fifteen-plus years ago....

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Go Big on Bastille Day

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 1:50 AM

One year ago today -- Bastille Day -- I released my debut novel The French Revolution on Twitter. It got some pretty good attention, and last fall I landed a traditional book deal with Soft...

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Pick Me! A Call for a Literary Draft

(7) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 12:51 AM


I was pleasantly surprised at the gym last week to find the NFL draft on TV. In case you missed it, the networks now station cameras in top recruits' homes, where they lounge around in...

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Olympic-Sized Rumor Mill Nicely Accentuates Vancouver's Buffoonery

(20) Comments | Posted February 19, 2010 | 1:13 AM


The long string of blunders in Vancouver evokes memories of post-Katrina FEMA incompetence. There's the Olympic torch breakdown and subsequent sequestration from the general public, the weather, the luge tragedy and cover-up, the day-long travel ordeals to see mountain sports,...

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Is the Apple Tablet the "Avatar" of Publishing?

(16) Comments | Posted January 6, 2010 | 12:27 AM


"Dizzying, enveloping, vertiginous ... I ran out of adjectives." - New York Magazine

"You've never experienced anything like it, and neither has anyone else." - L.A. Times

Breakthrough technology. An experience like no other. The rare focused rush...

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Hey Publishers, Screwing Your Best Customers Is A Mistake

(15) Comments | Posted December 14, 2009 | 1:58 AM

It is an outrageous act of snobbery. Of short-sightedness. Of knee-jerk small-minded reactionary head-burying ignorance and, worst of all, not appreciating the fundamental tenets of today's marketplace.

In 2009, the customer is king. Unfortunately for the literary world, a few publishers have...

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Why I'm Releasing My Novel on Twitter

(8) Comments | Posted July 14, 2009 | 10:19 AM


Starting today, Bastille Day, I'm releasing my entire debut novel--The French Revolution--on Twitter. As far as I can tell, it's the first full-length literary novel ever released via tweets.

My immediate reaction, were I in your shoes, would be incredulity. Who reads...

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If Texas Seceded, It'd Be Saudi Arabia Lite

(5) Comments | Posted May 5, 2009 | 1:52 PM


You may have heard that a few glorified cowboys down in Texas have been intimating thoughts of secession.

Go for it guys, so long as you don't mind being Saudi Arabia's far-flung American cousin.

OK, strong statement--but the think about it for...

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Damn Right I Got Michael Jackson Tickets

(26) Comments | Posted April 9, 2009 | 3:05 AM


A few weeks back Michael Jackson -- without question the greatest performer of a generation -- announced he was setting up his circus tent in London for a last-ever stint of fifty concerts.

My reaction: pure, liquid joy.

Bad was the first...

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Preventing a Bankrupt USA

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2009 | 3:34 PM

Don't say it can't happen.

The Romans went bankrupt. So did the Soviets, Enron, Argentina, Lehman Brothers, even sweet little Iceland.

With an estimated deficit of $9.3 trillion over the next decade, the United States...

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iForget: How the iPhone Killed Memory

(23) Comments | Posted March 4, 2009 | 4:17 PM

2009-03-03-iphone.pngThe iPhone is a gorgeous, near-perfect device that reads minds and moves planets. It's also destroying the traditional concept of memory.

Start with the basics: voice calls. Of all the phone numbers I use regularly, I only know five...

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Lessons from the Losers -- How Not to Cave

(9) Comments | Posted January 29, 2009 | 6:55 PM

The people have spoken, and the Republicans aren't listening. And as usual, they're not listening as a group.

After mismanaging the country into fiscal ruin, two endless wars, and a pair of landslide elections rejecting their rule, yesterday the Republican leadership urged their members to oppose Obama's stimulus plan...

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2007 -- The Year that Time Forgot

(3) Comments | Posted December 31, 2008 | 11:37 AM


Quick--what happened in 2007?

I'm not talking about your sister's wedding, your Tijuana honeymoon, that bare-knuckles fight with your parents at Christmas, the new dog-catcher job, or other personal battles won or lost. Try to think of global events, newsworthy happenings worthy of...

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Detached in a Shoestorm: Bush's Farewell Faceoff

(44) Comments | Posted December 14, 2008 | 8:24 PM


Reagan forgot to duck. Bush didn't. It's unforgettable television that, upon reflection, appears to sum up the man and his presidency.

Watch the video. From behind we see the Shoe Thrower lurch up, ragged and uncouth, doing his best to reinforce all negative...

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Axl Rose and the Return of the Great American Bad Ass

(11) Comments | Posted November 18, 2008 | 9:27 AM


You wanna antagonize me
Antagonize me motherfucker
Get in the ring motherfucker
And I'll kick your bitchy little ass

I don't like you, I just hate you
I'm gonna kick your ass, oh yeah!
Oh yeah!


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