Viral Blogging and Do We Have Hand?
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.