(Slightly risky using the p-word in a blog title, but hey, it might actually snag me some new readers.)
I was sent this link to a painfully funny article from The New Yorker, spoofing the whole “authors must be proactive in promoting their books!” thing. At least, I think it’s a spoof …
Actually, as much as I hate this usage, there’s a weird symmetry about the word “proactive” in this context. Hmm, “pro” as in hooker, “active” as in available – yep, we’re back to pimping again! (Although I’m sure the other type of submission has better earning power than poetry.)
I hasten to add that publicity for The Summer King been very well served by two (scarily) enthusiastic friends (take a bow, David and Helen), so for all my jokes about having to pimp myself, I have been well and truly taken care of. 😉
One Reply to “DIY Pimping for the New Author”
You’re welcome, Jo! But you’re right, there is just enough truth in the New Yorker article to be truly scary: be afraid, be very afraid!