Vanessa Jaye linked to an interesting blog post from Anne Frasier. Anne Frasier used to write really wonderful romances under the name of Theresa Weir. About 5 years ago she started publishing in the suspense genre. Her print runs are down and she’s a bit disappointed. Her idea is to get 100 bloggers to blog about her book and see if that would make a meaningful difference in sales. The question she ultimately poses (but doesn’t come out and say exactly) is this:
Can blogland help an author be a bestseller?
This is a fascinating concept and given the recent negativity, a welcome one. I think it would be really cool to see if we could get 100 people to blog about one book a week or two before the release date. I kind of have a couple of books in mind. One is an upcoming Berkley Sensation book. I think it’s got real appeal because it is a different kind of paranormal with great sexual tension but the sex scenes aren’t so over the top that anyone is going to be turned off. There is a definite Linda Howard-esque feel to the hero. The heroine is strong yet vulnerable.
This is where bloggers can have a positive effect for books and I would love to see if blogland can influence print publishing. If we band together to promote something, would there be a real world effect? Is anyone else interested in this idea? If you don’t like the idea of promoting above book, we could throw five names in a hat and draw out one to be our first victim, err, experiment.