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May 10, 2006

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Susan Taylor Brown

Argh! First canned queries to agents and publishers and now canned requests to bloggers? I hate things like that because it makes it that much harder for people who do follow the "rules of engagement". Sigh.

Danny Adams

Every time they say "ideal fit" in the e-mail message, take a drink!

susan

Oh no, publicity spam. Luckily I'm not in the realm of preferred reviewers!

Jason

On that note, let me post the opening sentence from an unsolicited query an author just sent me:

Dear Mr. Pinter:
Please pass us a book deal. And while you're up, that box of chocolates would be nice too.

Do people really think this stuff works?

laurenjharwood

It doesn't work? Damn. *gets up to get her own chocolates*

Bryan Catherman

I hope X, the author, didn't pay that publicist too much for the blog blitz. Those who do not read blogs don't understand the different nature of the blogger. This much is clear, and this letter suggests that the person who penned it doesn't read blogs.

David J. Montgomery

I get solicitations that are almost this useless just about every day. Take a guess how many of those books I review.

Amra Pajalic

I was reading http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/ and on the 9 May he blogged about a published author being encouraged to open a My Space account. The comments are worth reading.

This seems to be part of a new trend where the internet and any new hot thing is being used to promote books with the philosophy of throwing shit on a wall and seeing what sticks. As a reader I know that one perceptive review by someone who's opinion I respect is worth more than 100 generic mentions by people who's integrity I question.

People who promote others without any thought about it and on the premise that getting their name out there is all good are on a losing streak. Once their review doesn't check out by a reader they will never trust another blurb or review by that person again.

Thanks for highlighting this issue.

Kevin Smokler

Which is worse:

That this is a young naive publicist who is obviously receiving no training from her employer?

or

That this is a seasoned publicist who should know better and doesn't?

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