Monday, April 25, 2005

Worrying Ten

Ten Things That Worry Me

1. Ted DeCorte's 200+ Ideas to Market Yourself and Your Books -- know someone who's tried 199 of these? Yeah, me too.

2. Planned Television Arts -- the front page quote: Rick and the gang at PTA can get bookings out of a rock. Who's the gang? Is the rock okay?

3. A.S. Hatch's 2003 promotional Buy my book, charter Gen. Patton's Yacht campaign -- for buying one book? And you'd trust them with it?

4. Carolyn Howard-Johnson's The Frugal Book Promoter:
How to do What Your Publisher Won’t
-- you mean things like, pay me on time, spell my characters' names right in the copy, stop putting transvestite cetaceans on my covers . . . if that's in the index, I'm buying this baby.

5. LexiKhan by -- Beefboy. Right.

6. Pamela Anderson's "Stacked" Blog -- Hey . . . OK . . . Hey . . .
Ok . . . teehee. Christ.

7. Should I Publish with AuthorHouse, iUniverse or Xlibris? -- Can I introduce you to Pam?

8. 1001 Ways to Market Your Books -- If you want to sell 85,000,000 books like we have, read and use this book. — Mark Victor Hanson and Jack Canfield, New York Times bestselling authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul, who are obviously not worried about burning in hell for eternity.

9. Yet Another Disappointing Books Thread -- misery loves company with whom to share the whine.

10. Publish and be Damned -- Probably.


  1. Anonymous9:27 AM

    Want to thank you for sharing your worries with us. The giggle I got from the Pamela Anderson Stacked blog has set me up for the day. I always enjoy your ten lists.

  2. Anonymous6:53 PM

    Did anyone else notice that on Pamela Anderson's 'Stacked' blog, Brad said (I am not making this up) "I hope you get the chance to develop a well-rounded character"


    Anyone else get a good laugh out of that?

    -- F

  3. Anonymous3:03 PM

    From the Ted DeCorte list:

    77. Read Michael Boylan’s "The Power To Get In."

    Did anybody else expect this to be followed by "78. Find somebody who's compiling a list of things to try and get them to include your book on it"?

    111. Become a joiner.


    129. Do book signings, but make it worth your while. Insure there is publicity, balloons, flyers, pictures, and media scheduled.

    So, what, at least you'll get a payout if there isn't? I think you mean 'ensure', Mr. DeCorte.

    135. Call every bookstore in your marketing region and ask if they are carrying your book.

    That sounds like a quick way to get very depressed to me.

    Hang on...
    118. Make a fantastic press kit.
    194. Create a press kit.



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