Monday, July 17, 2006
print runs, pimps, peyote dreams
Print runs are down everywhere. Some are way down. The print run for Pale Immortal isn't what I'd hoped it would be. It's not horrid, but it's not great. I won't mention numbers, but I've been told it's still possible to get on the USA Today list. This is supposed to be a fall of blockbuster releases, so that makes my chances excruciatingly slim.
Enter PROJECT PIMP SQUAD
WHEN: SEPTEMBER 5
GOAL: 100 BLOGGERS BLOGGING THE PALE IMMORTAL VIDEO ALONG WITH A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK
I need your help.
Yes, I want to sell books within that all-important time frame, but this is also an opportunity to see if a writer has any power. And just how powerful is the internet? How powerful are blogs and the blogging community?
I'll be putting up periodic reminders and reposts about PROJECT PIMP SQUAD. You'll get sick of them, but they'll be for the people who don't visit my blog very often. Please ask your blogging friends to get involved. It's only one day, and it doesn't have to be the only post that day. Slap it up there and post on top of it. Doesn't matter.
September 5 is the day after Labor Day, so that presents a problem. I wonder if we should do this before the 5th and before Labor Day weekend. Whatever date I ultimately choose, I'll give everybody some warning, along with the youtube link and blurb. I think 100 participators will be hard to get. I'm guessing it will be more like 20, which could still have some impact. You never know. Whatever happens it will be fun and interesting.
Oh, I'm not completely sold on the name of this endeavor. If you have any other ideas, let me know.
100 BLOGGERS BLOGGING
EDIT: Nienke suggested i collect email addresses of people who want to participate. that's a great idea. if you want to be added to the pimp squad address book, post your address here or shoot me an email. if you'd rather not be added to the address book, everything you need will be posted right here a couple of days before the event and the day of the blogathon.
Reviews for PI continue to trickle in. I need to compile them, but here are a few snippets:
This is a stupendous work, worthy of an award nomination.
Anne Frasier is a writer whose talent for creating vividly fractured characters and dark, disturbing atmosphere and theme is evident. If you want a taste of something a little different then Pale Immortal is definitely a heady and sinister brew.
Martina Bexta, Bookloons
Few books keep me turning pages from dark till dawn, but this one did.
My over-active imagination made the most of the terror and turned my shadowy bedroom into a part of Old Tuonela.
Stacie Penney, Raspberry Latte Book Reviews