Tag: Justin Luke Zirilli

Justin + 1: WORK IT, BITCH! A Gay Boy's Guide to Kick-Ass Networking

A lot of people are often impressed by how I network. While I won’t brag about much, I will allow myself some credit on my art of bringing people together. Some of my biggest accomplishments in the past few years have shocked even me both as they were happening, and in hindsight.

I’ve brought international pop stars to my events, world-renown porn stars to my parties. I’ve been instrumental in some pretty big things in basically every industry.

And now, I’m going to teach you how to do it, too. Why? Because the world gets better with networking, and I’m not convinced that people who teach others how to network are teaching them the right things.

Allow me to give you a few tips on networking… or, as I prefer to call it, making Big Shit happen…

Get more…

Justin + 1: Gulliver Takes Manhattan TOMORROW!

Two and a half years ago I sat down at a laptop at my local Upper East Side Starbucks on November 1st, 2010, Day One of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

I had done no planning, no preparing (it’s against the rules).

All I had was a blank screen, and a panicking brain.

WHAT would I write about? Well… uh… gotta make up a character, right? But who? Well, my good friend Chris had just landed at JFK yesterday, suitcases in hand. He was moving to NYC to “start over” after spending many years in Los Angeles.

Okay, I thought. My main character just moved to NYC from LA. Why? What would he do? Why would it matter?

Well, those questions turned into a 50,000 word novel (that I finished 4 days before the end of NaNoWriMo… score!)

Over the next 2 years I would triple the size of the book, cut it in half, double it again, and cut it in half once more. I posted each chapter as a blog that (not intentionally) convinced a large portion of gay Manhattan that “Gulliver” was an actual person. They were convinced they saw him at clubs and on the street. They asked him out on dates and offered him jobs. In the end, one thing was apparent: lots of people became very, very invested in him. They cared about him. They sympathized with and found commonalities in him.

My gut said I had something here. My mind said “you’ve written over 13 novels since you were 12… what makes you think THIS one will be any more worth it than the rest of that crap?”

Get more…

Justin + 1: What the F@#K are you doing?

Hey! Hey you!

What the fuck are you doing?

That’s the question I want to ask each and every single one of you today. Let me repeat it nice and clearly:

WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING?

Think it through. I don’t mean “I’m having lunch, JL.” or “I’m at my day job, JL.” That’s fine. That’s cool. No, I mean something deeper and more meaningful. So let me get more specific.

WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE DOING?

Get more…

OUT NOW: ‘Gulliver Travels’ the MUST READ BOOK of the decade. Grab a copy today!

Just last week in Introducing ‘Gulliver Travels’ by Justin Luke Zirilli, THE MUST READ book of the decade! (make sure to read it for all sorts of relevant information) we told you all about up-and-coming gay author (and nightlife promoter extraordinaire) Justin Luke and his much acclaimed and awaited debut novel, ‘Gulliver Travels‘ published TODAY.

“Heartbroken and hungry for a new start, Gulliver Leverenz flees his family, friends, and bastard of an ex-boyfriend in Los Angeles, with his sights set on New York City – a place he’s only ever heard of.

With no money, no job, and no direction, Gully lands in NYC’s hottest gayborhood, Hell’s Kitchen, living with his only friend – fraternity brother and current rising gay nightlife star, Todd DiTempto.

From Midtown to Fire Island and everywhere in between, Gulliver sinks fast into the chaotic life of sex, booze, and boys. Just barely scraping by in the city that never sleeps (alone, at least), Gully quickly discovers that this strange, concrete jungle has some major surprises in store. Luckily he has some tricks up his sleeve, and he isn’t afraid to use his claws.”

Timeless, yet contemporary, honest and, at times, heartbreaking, Justin Luke Zirilli’s first novel is a carefully constructed, well painted, steamy portrait of the troubled guy all gays have inside; the best and most unique picture of everyone’s story: a young man who in his quest to get away from his life once and for all, comes to find out that the only thing he can’t escape is himself; and that the past not always stays behind. With a chatty, witty and slightly cynical narration, Gulliver Leverenz takes us through the exciting and incredibly sexy adventure that is his life, living in “America’s greatest, wildest, gayest city”, as he embodies the gorgeous, gay, 20-something spirit and becomes the ultimate NYC boy. He is the fighter you always wanted to be, the daring best friend you always wanted to have, the painfully cool ‘future ex’ you always dreamt of, and his life is manifest that “basically, absolutely anything can happen or not happen at any second!“.

An excited Justin Luke, proudly displaying the first copy of 'Gulliver Travels'

This delicious story and ultimate gay guide to NYC, partying and surviving oneself is available now as an e-book for KINDLE* and NOOK* as well as a PAPERBACK.

Visit GrabGully.com for news, reviews and MORE! Grab a copy today and watch out for news about official release parties and an up-coming “NYC/NJ Nightlife World Tour”, as well as the first ever GaySocialites Book Club as we explore ‘Gulliver Travels’ together!

Finally, we at GaySocialites.com would like to CONGRATULATE Justin on his success! With just a few hours out people are loving the book, and him too! Please join us in wishing him all the best in his writing career. We certainly are looking forward to read MORE!

*Click here for FREE KINDLE and NOOK apps for all devices!

OUT NOW: 'Gulliver Travels' the MUST READ BOOK of the decade. Grab a copy today!

Just last week in Introducing ‘Gulliver Travels’ by Justin Luke Zirilli, THE MUST READ book of the decade! (make sure to read it for all sorts of relevant information) we told you all about up-and-coming gay author (and nightlife promoter extraordinaire) Justin Luke and his much acclaimed and awaited debut novel, ‘Gulliver Travels‘ published TODAY.

“Heartbroken and hungry for a new start, Gulliver Leverenz flees his family, friends, and bastard of an ex-boyfriend in Los Angeles, with his sights set on New York City – a place he’s only ever heard of.

With no money, no job, and no direction, Gully lands in NYC’s hottest gayborhood, Hell’s Kitchen, living with his only friend – fraternity brother and current rising gay nightlife star, Todd DiTempto.

From Midtown to Fire Island and everywhere in between, Gulliver sinks fast into the chaotic life of sex, booze, and boys. Just barely scraping by in the city that never sleeps (alone, at least), Gully quickly discovers that this strange, concrete jungle has some major surprises in store. Luckily he has some tricks up his sleeve, and he isn’t afraid to use his claws.”

Timeless, yet contemporary, honest and, at times, heartbreaking, Justin Luke Zirilli’s first novel is a carefully constructed, well painted, steamy portrait of the troubled guy all gays have inside; the best and most unique picture of everyone’s story: a young man who in his quest to get away from his life once and for all, comes to find out that the only thing he can’t escape is himself; and that the past not always stays behind. With a chatty, witty and slightly cynical narration, Gulliver Leverenz takes us through the exciting and incredibly sexy adventure that is his life, living in “America’s greatest, wildest, gayest city”, as he embodies the gorgeous, gay, 20-something spirit and becomes the ultimate NYC boy. He is the fighter you always wanted to be, the daring best friend you always wanted to have, the painfully cool ‘future ex’ you always dreamt of, and his life is manifest that “basically, absolutely anything can happen or not happen at any second!“.

An excited Justin Luke, proudly displaying the first copy of 'Gulliver Travels'

This delicious story and ultimate gay guide to NYC, partying and surviving oneself is available now as an e-book for KINDLE* and NOOK* as well as a PAPERBACK.

Visit GrabGully.com for news, reviews and MORE! Grab a copy today and watch out for news about official release parties and an up-coming “NYC/NJ Nightlife World Tour”, as well as the first ever GaySocialites Book Club as we explore ‘Gulliver Travels’ together!

Finally, we at GaySocialites.com would like to CONGRATULATE Justin on his success! With just a few hours out people are loving the book, and him too! Please join us in wishing him all the best in his writing career. We certainly are looking forward to read MORE!

*Click here for FREE KINDLE and NOOK apps for all devices!

%d bloggers like this: