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Blatant Self Promotion

Submitted by on April 12, 2012 – 2:20 pm 6 Comments

Yup, I figured I’d put that right in the post title so you know what you’re getting into. I’d understand completely if your eyes are rolling backward or are already more glazed than a Krispy Kreme special.

Couple of things I want to mention today. First, Mystery Times Ten 2011, the YA anthology that published my short story last year, is free for the Kindle today, April 12, only. Click here if you’re interested in mocking reading my story, titled “Submerged,” or the nine other ones. Barb Goffman’s “Truth and Consequences,” is up for an Agatha Award.

The other bit of news is that I entered the Independent Book Blogger Awards competition happening over at Goodreads. The prizes are four free trips to Book Expo of America in NYC in June, one for each blogger in four different categories: adult fiction, adult nonfiction, YA & children’s, and publishing. There are hundreds of quality bloggers entered so my chances of winning are about equal to those of my teenage self being crowned prom queen (I wasn’t even asked to the prom). But Mr. PCN knew I’ve long wanted to go to BEA so he locked me in the den on the last day entries were accepted and said I couldn’t come out for dinner until I had submitted my blog. Imagine him saying, “No soup for you!” in that Soup Nazi voice. I love soup so I had no choice but to do as instructed.

Voting is open until Monday, April 23, 11:59 p.m. ET. If you’ve enjoyed this blog and feel so inclined, you can vote for it here and the universe will bring you good luck in three days (you need a Goodreads account but it’s free and quick to register). If not, I’ll never know and will still think you are smart and attractive. Thank you!

*End of BSP*



  • EIREGO says:

    I have no problem with self promotion, in fact it should be encouraged in some (yes, you!) and discouraged in others (i.e., anyone attempting to launch a career via a sex tape. You know who you are!).

    Will get over to the polls and vote on your behalf asap.

  • Jann says:

    Unless you have a Jewish mama to do it for you (and I am always available), self promotion is the way to do it!

  • Thank heavens you’ve beaten your chest, PCN, or at least given it a little love tap. Otherwise, how are we to know – I’d be devastated if I’d missed the chance to vote for you. Woot!

  • Oh my gosh! I would love love love if you were at BEA. May be the only way we ever meet. I call dibs on strutting the exhibit floor with you if you do make it. 🙂

  • Eddy says:

    I don’t know how much in royalties you get from a free book, but Helen and I each ordered a copy of “Mystery Times Ten” even though we don’t own actual Kindles (just the iPhone app). I also forwarded the link to a couple of people who actually own Kindles. I told them, “This is my movie star friend that I keep telling you about! No, really!”

  • Pop Culture Nerd says:

    EIREGO—Thanks for your vote. If I go, I’ll pay you back by emailing you a photo of NY pizza before I eat it.

    Jann—I’m hitting you up next time! Do you accept payment in bananas?

    Shell—You are so kind. Thank you. I blame all this on Mr. PCN.

    jenn—I would LOVE that! And, er, I don’t think there’s a line of people waiting to strut the floor with me. I might have to take a number to get through to you.

    Eddy—I get zero cents on it, but thank you for ordering and forwarding! And my response to your friends might be, “Eddy’s intro is HIGHLY exaggerated.”

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