September 2, 2011

Asking for the Sale Without P****** People Off

Nathan Bransford, self-pub’d writer, former literary agent with Curtis Brown Ltd., San Francisco resident, blogger–umm, pretty good writer BTW–posted a ‘Pledge Drive’ on his blog to drum up business for his YA book. A humorous approach to the self-promotion we-all must do as authors, it received mixed reviews. He pulled the post down to reconsider, reconsidered and re-posted it.

Drop over to his blog. What do you think? Think about it before you read any further and get my take.


Play this YouTube of Jeopardy’s signature music while you think. Make sure you’re sound’s on

OK. My take is: Why not? How are readers supposed to know about his book if he doesn’t tell us? In fact, I didn’t know until he brought it to my attention. Why can PBS do it and individuals can’t? And America–where’s your sense of humor? He posted a follow-up with his thinking. Erudite.

Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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