Monday, September 29, 2008

Book Report


In ten days I'll be headed to Los Angeles to pimp my book to a couple of interested parties, as well as make a promotional appearance or two. What will come of this, who knows -- but in the lead-up to my trip, I'm going to do something I haven't really done here before: make a full-on dedicated sales push. Thanks to readers of this site, the chance I took with online publication has been an unqualified success. There's no advertising for Dead Star Twilight -- no official outside promotion of any kind -- and yet through nothing more than your own support, viral internet buzz and some decent word-of-mouth, I've sold more copies of this thing than I ever could've imagined.

I can't thank you enough for everything so many of you have done to promote my book. The positive reaction has just floored me.

But now, for the first time, I'm going to come right out and ask for a little extra help. I'm looking for a sales spike over the next seven days, simply because the more online backing I can take with me to the West Coast, the better.

So if you've been thinking about picking up a copy of Dead Star Twilight and haven't gotten around to it yet, now's the time. Just click the link to the right to download it. If you've already read the book and liked it, then please -- tell your friends. Hell, buy one for them; say Oprah recommends it.

To prime the pump a tiny bit, I'm releasing one last excerpt from the book -- a lengthy and rather brutal one -- which you'll find directly below this post.

More excerpts, plus the unofficial "soundtrack," can be found here:

(Ship of Fools/2.22.08)

(Welcome to the Monkey House/6.4.07)

(The Ex Files/6.7.07)

(Imperfect Strangers/8.30.07)

(With Love and Resentment, Your Past/9.5.07)

(Listening Post: Memoir Edition/1.27.08)

(DST Soundtrack/4.7.08)

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

10 comments:

Heather said...

Woo hoo! Awesome Chez, good luck! While you're out here visiting, I heartily extend the offer to take you out to dinner :)

Mack said...

I bought your book two weeks ago. I actually printed it out and put it in a binder so it could sit on my bookshelf. I read a lot of books and I only keep copies of the ones I love.

kanye said...

Two questions:

1. Movie?
2. Do you think it's possible that any of your regular visitors could actually have a friend who would want to read and Oprah-recommended book?

Good Luck, Brother.

Deacon Blue said...

If I have enough room on my credit card before you leave, I'll buy a copy.

I might suggest that, if things don't go as well as you hope, you could bring Inara to your meetings, hold her up and say "If you don't give me a publishing deal, she may starve to death!"

Never underestimate the lethal combination of cuteness and guilt-tripping.

Nicole said...

Honey, consider yourself pimped (again). Maybe I should get DST tramp stamp and walk around in a bikini?

Mark said...

Perfect timing! I just got paid and have been meaning to pick up your book for awhile now. Should be a great stress reliever after grading mountains of papers and tests.

*Off to pimp your site and book out to other friends*

Benne said...

Just bought your book. Good luck in L.A.

celery said...

i hope things go well for you with the suits.

i've pitched a review your memoir to a couple of publications in canada (one national); although both showed interest, they have policies against printing reviews of web-only published work.

Chez said...

Bigots.

Thanks though.

xoch said...

chez my dear, consider it done.
I don't comment much, though I lurk plenty, and maybe I don't say it enough but I think your posts are great.

good luck with the man!