Friday, May 11, 2007

Author Stalking, Requests, and Questions

Chelsea Cain is proving to be a hard woman to track down. Considering that she’s written for several papers in the area I thought for certain that she would have some sort of contact information on the internet. I’m so naïve…naïve and a little perplexed that the HeartSick site isn’t fully up and running yet.

(C’mon guys, if you’re giving away 4,000 ARCs in early June, you might want to get this up and running.)

I recently discovered that one of my coworkers works for one of the same papers she does, and I’m trying to think of the most casual way to ask him if he knows her. “Oh, you work for the ____________? Really? Do you know Chelsea Cain?” Every time I approach him though, he’s on the phone (big surprise, us being in a call center and all), and we never seem to have lunches that coincide. Curses, foiled again!

Meanwhile a friend is designing a letterhead—as well as business cards—for me to use when writing Minotaur for an ARC of my own. Going through official channels with the publicity department seems very not stalker-worthy. I mean really, what kind of book stalker tries to be all professional and business-like, I ask you? Still, since they’re hyping this book like crazy, hopefully they’ll feel I’m worthy of a copy to help keep the buzz going.

It turns out that not all publicists and publicity departments feel this way. I was emailing back and forth with another blogger, and she told me that she’s actually had publicity departments respond to her request for one title or another with, “No, we don’t want you to review book A, but we’ll send you a copy of book B which you expressed no interest in.”

Um, excuse me. You don’t want Book A reviewed? Why not? Is it that bad? Is it above being reviewed? What?

What does that say about the author and the book when the publicity department doesn’t want to take advantage of the possibility of free publicity?

I mean, maybe I’m not seeing the bigger picture here and this actually has something to do with not having enough ARCs or not wanting to just give books away to anyone, but to completely ignore a book request? If I were the author I would want some answers from my people, pronto.

Speaking of book giveaways, there are going to be some here over the next couple of weeks. All of the authors I’ve lined up interviews with have been kind enough to send me ARCs or finished versions of their upcoming books, and I like to pass those on to you. All you have to do is comment on the author’s thread or send me an email regarding the author interviewed and what you might like to see in the future and I’ll enter into a drawing for the book in question. Here’s a chance to check out a new to you author and get some fun summer reading without spending a dime.

If you’re an author interested in an interview or guest blog, you can email me as well and we’ll see what we can set up. I need to collect enough interviews and guest columns to supplement the month of July while I’m in school. I’m hoping to have enough content before I leave that I can get it all loaded into Blogger and just be able to hit post every morning. If you’re interested, email me at the email in the sidebar and we’ll see if we can set something up.

Until then, now that I’m working at a job where I sit upright (thus spurring my ability to get stuff done), I want to do more with this blog. If time restraints allow, I’d like to be get to two posts a day: one very focused on the industry like an interview or links to stories on the publishing world, and another that’s me just blabbering away. I’ve also recently agreed to write a monthly column for Romancing the Blog and to do every second Friday reviews for Paperback Reader, so here’s hoping my productivity stays strong.

So, if you want me to focus on something for this blog in between calls where I take people’s money and tell them horse stats, just drop me an email or leave a comment. I’ll take it into consideration as well as all those things I’ve started in the past but never finished. With the Belmont leg of the Triple Crown not until June I’ve got a couple of weeks to pack in the content.



May said...

You will be glad to know that RTB is every 6 weeks or so, not every month--I'd be dead if it was every month, LOL.

I was trying to do that for June as well, since I'll be busy with exams, but I've been so busy, I'm just not going to get it done.

Anonymous said...

Dear BSC-
While I understand your goals and plans, please remember to have a life and not become one of those scary people who lives through their blog. Seriously? Twice a day? Plus two other websites? And a full time job? And grad school? The occasional blabber is fine, even if there isn't an interview posted the same day. Once a day is plenty.
Speaking from the perspective of someone who does too much, don't add more to your life right now!
The Druggie