This is without any doubt my best book yet. But I feel like the promotion isn’t gonna amount to very much. Which makes me sad. Because I’d hate to see a book as good as this one sink without a trace. And that’s what I think is going to happen if I don’t grab hold and do it all myself.
So I’m trying to come up with novel ways of letting folks know it’s out there. My roommate Pirooz Kalayeh has been pretty helpful. He has set up an Internet-based book launch party on the website spreecast. The party will happen on June 11th at 7:00 pm Pacific Time. You can watch it live or watch it when it’s over by clicking on this link. More on the party soon.
What I want to talk about here is another one of Pirooz’s ideas, a “living room book tour.” PK’s parents live in upstate New York. We plan to fly out there on or about June 17th, borrow their car and spend 8 – 10 days (until June 25 or 27) on the road going from town to town holding book related events in the living rooms, garages, treehouses or other such spaces of willing victims.
Check out the map Pirooz drew (above). We figure we can hit the following cities:
• Montreal, QC
• New York, NY
• Cleveland, OH
• Akron, OH
• Philadelphia, PA
• Baltimore, MD
• Washington, D.C.
• Newark, DL
• Princeton, Trenton, Patterson or some other city in New Jersey
If you’d like to be involved in this, please send an email Pirooz at firstname.lastname@example.org
You should email Pirooz even if you have already emailed me and even if we’ve already emailed about me coming to your town (I lose track of stuff really quickly and efficiently). Or even if you live in a different town but think it is near enough to one of these so that it would make sense to go there.
At these events, I will talk about and/or read from the book. I’ll have books for sale. I’ll have other merch for sale. I’ll sign whatever you want to have signed (books, boobs, whatever, bring it & I’ll sign it). There’s no minimum number of people who have to show up, but I would like to reach as many folks as possible. We’re hoping most of the friendly folk who host these events will also let us sleep on their couches, thus saving us from having to shell out for hotel rooms. I am way too old for this kind of punk rock thing. But you do what you gotta do.
We will video record these events and post excerpts on the web for all to see.
We won’t charge a speaking fee for these events, though we will be paying for all of this out of our own not-very-deep pockets. Neither my publishers nor any other organization will be kicking in so much as a penny for airfare, gas money, food money or anything else. So we will happily take any donations people who come to these events feel like handing over to us to help us not go broke.
This is probably the dumbest scheme I have ever said yes to doing. But I really want this book to make some kind of impact and I’m going to have to do it all guerrilla or more like gorilla style.
So write Pirooz an email and he’ll try and schedule this so it works out.
We’d also like to do another one of these in California perhaps even earlier than the East Coast one, so CA folks, email Pirooz about that one. We could hit LA, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Bakersfield, Santa Cruz maybe Sacramento too. Again, even if you’ve already emailed me, please email Pirooz too. He won’t lose your emails the way I have.
If this goes well and we don’t end up hog tied in someone’s basement begging for hand lotion or just flat broke, maybe I can do others in other areas like a Midwest one including St. Louis, Cedar Rapids and so on, or a Northwest one including Portland, Seattle and do forth or a Southern one taking in Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and other cities. The possibilities are endless.
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Please feel free to donate now if you want to get a head start!