First … the latest 5-star review of Hope Lies in Less includes these words (among many lovely others):
I found I could visualize everything as clearly as if I was seeing the stories unfold in front of my eyes. The language, at times, reminded me of syrup. It was just so introspective it felt like the sentences oozed into the cracks of my soul.
Every single review posted on Amazon matters. Your words and thoughts matter. If you have words and thoughts about Hope Lies in Less, please take a moment to share them. Thank you.
Next … I currently have six writers who have agreed to put up posts/reviews of Fightball: Dying of Suck on their blogs. I am still finalizing the schedule, but HUGE GRATITUDE to the following people:
Bill Moore of Hogs Ate My Sister
Jennifer Hajer of The Martha Project
Rodney Lacroix at Rodney Lacroix
Jan Goldfield of Accessible Arkansas
Megan Wittling of Best of Fates
Julie Gardner of Julie C. Gardner
If you are even the TINIEST bit interested in volunteering, let me know, as I would love to add a few more writers to this line-up. Remember that I will provide an e-copy of the book well in advance of your posting, and I will send three of your commenters a print version of Fightball: Dying of Suck. Easy … painless … I promise.
My expectation where these reviews are concerned is not that a million people line up to comment on your blog (or any blog these days, to be honest). My hopes are simple and twofold: to get some on-line reviews I can use in promoting Fightball and to deliver free print copies into the hands of a few excited readers.
Every little bit of help matters.
Be in touch in the comments or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating.
One more thing …
I am planning on offering Fightball: Dying of Suck to the 7th and 8th grade teachers in our smallish school district. I am thinking of reaching out to a few teachers outside of our district as well — to see if their classes might be interested in reading Fightball: Dying of Suck in exchange for some sort of gathering of classroom response to the book. Not as an assignment, mind you – just for fun. Still working out the details, but if you know a 7th-8th grade teacher who might be interested, be in touch!
With Hope Lies in Less, my primary marketing/publicity strategy was (and continues to be) a belief in magic.
Magic turns out to be a shit marketer.
Now we know.
So I am trying a bit harder with Fightball: Dying of Suck.
ANYONE HAVE ANY GOOD IDEAS FOR HOW TO GET FIGHTBALL INTO THE HANDS OF PEOPLE I DON’T ALREADY KNOW?
I could use your help.