Thursday, 28 May 2009

Crafty author

Patricia WoodI was twitting Patricia Wood over on her blog a while back, informing her that she was not allowed to die because she had not yet signed my copy of Lottery. No, I cannot remember the context for that particular piece of idiocy and I can't find it either. And yes, you should go buy her book, not just because she's a webfriend of mine, but because it's a fine piece of writing. Don't take my word for it; it was short-listed for the Orange Prize.

Anyway, back to the point. She immediately rectified that terrible oversight by offering to send me a bookplate. (For the uninitiated, a bookplate is basically an autographed sticker you can put in your book to instantly turn it into an autographed copy.) Through a series of confusions on my end, it took me a while to get it, but I finally got my hands on it yesterday. Except it was a them. She sent me one personalized bookplate and several others with generic greetings.

Lottery by Patricia WoodWhat is a girl supposed to do with extra bookplates? As it happened, I was in a bookstore that afternoon, and what should I spy but a stack of her books on a table of bestsellers near the door? (See, I told you it was good.) My natural brilliance asserted itself, and I said to myself, "There's a good place for those extra bookplates." The manager was equally struck by my brilliance. Okay, I'm assuming. He said that the bookplates would be welcome, or words to that effect.

Very pleased with myself, I emailed Pat to tell her of my brilliance. She was very impressed. Okay, so she told me that's why she sent them along. So she was brilliant before me. I am still brilliant, right? (Somehow this story isn't going quite the way I meant it to.)

Anyway, I am impressed with her brilliance too. She didn't ask me to do anything, but let me think of it on my own. Now those books will sell more quickly because most people are very pleased to get a signed copy of a book. And I have stowed away another gentle marketing technique for the future. And I have an autographed copy of Lottery. Thanks, Pat.

By the way, there is still no Wikipedia entry for Patricia. Any Wikipedians around who can do something about that?

13 comments:

kimmirich said...

Lol! SawHeet, Janet, for you to do that for Patricia!! I do nopt have any of those but when I get some, I'm going to send you a stack!! ; )
hugs

Janet said...

Kimmi, it would be my pleasure. Unfortunately, they didn't have any of your books instore. :o( When I go back with the plates, I'll ask them to rectify that. If they're smart, they monitor the searches on their instore computers and use that in their ordering decisions.

ORION said...

And I DO think Janet is brilliant!
Thanks girlfriend!

Johanna said...

Hi Janet, just happened upon your blog and was thrilled to find a blog so supportive of other writers...and a helpful marketing tid bit as well...duly tucked away into my future marketing scheme!

I find your blog refreshing and look forward to reading more!

Janet said...

Thanks Johanna! :o) I plan on turning this blog into a bit more of a writer's blog instead of the all-purpose musing about everything blog it has been, so I hope it meets your expectations.

Janet said...

LOL Pat. At least I rose to your level... ;o)

Melanie Avila said...

That IS a great idea! I probably would have eventually come to the same conclusion and felt very proud of myself for thinking of it.

Lottery is on my list to read when I reenter the real world.

Alexander Field said...

You are an author's best friend Janet! I'll have to check out her books... : )

Janet said...

Melanie, Alex, it's worth reading, for sure.

The Book Chook said...

G'day! I just linked from your comment at Book Publicity blog because i liked the common sense you brought to the discussion. And now I see a post about Lottery, so i have to say: I just love that book! My blog is about kidlit, otherwise I would have reviewed it before now and driven my followers silly with my raving.

Since you know Patricia would you please give her my one word message: MORE!

Janet said...

Ah, welcome, Book Chook. I can assure you Patricia is working on more, and if you'd like to keep closer tabs on her, just look further up this comment trail till you find Orion. That's her. And follow the cookie crumbs to her blog...

I frequently get accused of common sense. I have to do something about that. It doesn't sound very artistic.

The Book Chook said...

Thanks, Janet!

Artistic is wonderful but I do like a refreshing blast of common sense every now and then - shoes, ships, sealing wax and cabbages underpin our lives after all.

Janet said...

Especially shoes. ;o)

 

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