Douglas Clegg's first Vampyricon novel, The Priest of Blood, officially hits the shelves nationwide today. Few authors work as hard at marketing as this man has, or have as much creativity with promotion. Here are just some of the things Doug has done for his novel: a superb website, special edition art covers, sculptures, a promo video for the book, an e-book excerpt, newsletters, collectibles, promo items (the rubber devil ducky has to be, hands-down, the neatest widget of all time), auctions, banners, screensavers . . .
I know, I know. How does he do it? Just typing the list made me tired.
Then there's the work: expect some serious beauty on the page, because that's also what this man does (even better than the marketing.) Considering all his talents, I'm wondering if Doug Clegg could be an alien pretending to be human. Not that I want to alarm anyone, but maybe we should call those Project Blue people from the Air Force. You know, just to be on the safe side.
What? He could be. Anyone could be. Look at our new Chief Justice. He has LEGO hair.
Alien or not, Doug Clegg is one of the hardest-working writers in the business. If the early numbers for Priest are any indication, major payback is coming his way. But in the meantime, to help Doug celebrate the release, and to show my personal appreciation for all the marketing ideas and strategies he's shared with us over at his weblog, I bought five extra copies of The Priest of Blood to give away here at PBW (I've also wheedled the unsuspecting author into sending me signed bookplates. Aliens -- hard to spot, easy to fool.)
If you'd like to win a copy of The Priest of Blood along with a bookplate signed by the author, write your congrats for Douglas Clegg in comments to this post by midnight EST on Wednesday, October 5th (please do not e-mail your entry to me.) We'll put the names of all who participate* in a hat and draw five winners; names to be posted here at PBW around noon EST on Thursday, October 6th. This giveaway is open to everyone on the planet.
And Doug? You're incredible. Way to go.
*Doug's friends on the mothership, however, will just have to beam down to Waldenbooks and buy their own damn copies. I mean it -- give a free book to an alien, next thing you know they're skulking around your house at 2 am trying abducting you. Ask Whitley Strieber if you don't believe me.