If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book next year, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

Our April author interviews: Perennial author Susan Wittig Albert--4/5, Sasscer Hill, horse racing insider--4/12, English historical, cozy author, TE Kinsey--4/19, Debut author, Susan Bickford--4/26.

Saturday Guest Bloggers in April: Heather Baker Weidner (4/1), Christina Hoag (4/8), Susan Boles (4/29). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 4/15--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 4/22--Kait Carson.

Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows. Big news for a new year. Congratulations, Julie.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Monobookism

Source: guardian.co.uk

Andrew Kessler, whose book: Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission was published by Pegasus in April described himself as, “a new, non-famous, scandal-free author,” and admitted he was, “a little worried about how anyone would see my book.”

He said, “One day after a meatball dinner at a store on the Lower East Side that only sells meatball. The Meatball Shop. I stumbled outside looked up a saw a church. And then I realized I could try to sell my book like a meatball. Monobookism was born.”

Kessler set up a bookstore that contains 3,000 copies of only one book —his.

Kessler, a writer and creative director at an advertising agency won “the nerd lottery” to spend three months in mission control with 130 scientists during the 2008 NASA mission to Mars. The book he wrote is about his experiences there. He said he promised to try to tell the story and came up with monobookism as the way to do it.

About the bookstore he repored, “Some people come in and hug whomever happens to be working in the store because they love it. And some people demand to know — aggressively — how we could be so foolish That makes for a pretty unique work environment.”

The bookstore will close soon and after it closes he will do an inventory to see how well he’s done.

What do you think? He got my attention and I’m sharing his story with you. Is this the newest model in publishing? Is it a gimmick? If you saw the bookstore would you walk in or walk away?

12 comments:

E. B. Davis said...

Hope his rent isn't high!

Warren Bull said...

Maybe he's rich. Rent in New York can't be cheap.

towriteistowrite said...

I walk into just about every bookstore I see.

Warren Bull said...

towriteistorite, That's my impulse too. How long would you stay if you found there was only one book you could buy?

Pauline Alldred said...

I'd probably walk in because the store is a novelty. Then I'd pick up the book and scan it. I can't say whether I'd buy the book because I don't know whether it would interest me.

The rent is a stumbling block. Maybe he rented from a friend. He's certainly aware of the need for marketing. So am I but marketing is way outside my comfort zone.

Warren Bull said...

I am uncomfortable with marketing too, but I am convinced nobody else will do it for me. :(

E. B. Davis said...

Now just a minute, Warren. You wrote a blog about how fun marketing, readings, etc. were--you dressed up like Honest Abe--your main character in your novel. Which is it? Fun or really uncomfortable work?

Warren Bull said...

Dear EB,

Just because I do it doesn't mean I'm comfortable about it. I enjoy reading and talking to groups, especially dressed in character garb, as Lincoln, a Runyon-esque hood, or a cowboy. I can do that as Warren, the writer.
I don't like soliciting bookstore owners, pleading for a spot on convention panels or begging for reviews.

Polly said...

I tried to write this yesterday, but it wouldn't go through. I thought it was interesting that everyone mentioned the rent. I'd love to know if renting on the Lower East Side of Manhattan made the experiment worthwhile. I read about him somewhere else--can't remember where--so he certainly got the PR he was after. That had to translate to sales.

Warren Bull said...

Polly,

It took guts to try it. I hope he sells well.

PS Sorry about problems with the blog. I hope it stays fixed

CluesSister said...

I love this idea. With so many storefronts going begging, what an attention-getter to have a pop-up bookstore for a single title. Creative landlords take heed. In a strip mall you might have a row of them.

Warren Bull said...

What a clever idea. The landlords could have a rolling turnover of titles to keep people coming back.