Thursday, October 29, 2009
Discuss + Experiment: Can Bloggers Make a Difference?
Discussion for Book Bloggers (Authors too if you wish)
Do you think that book bloggers can really, truly make a difference in a book's sales? Don't get me wrong. I think we can help spread the word and get people buying but what about behyond that? Can we get them a lot more sales? Could we, crazily enough, get them on the New York Times Bestsellers' List?!
I would love to think we could if we really put our minds to it. I know that a lot of us try and come up with ways to spread the word about books we love or authors we want to do well, but it's kind of hard if there are so many of these from various bloggers. And in the end, not all of them will generate a lot of sales.
My main idea with this post is to get your thoughts, but to also let you know about an idea I had. What if we all chose ONE book in 2010 to really pimp out?
Now, I know we would still interview other authors and review other books and I want all of those to do well of course but I want to see if bloggers really can make a difference if we all narrow a list down and honestly just PIMP THAT ONE BOOK OUT. It can be a new author, it can be an older author that deserves more help in promotion. It doesn't matter. But what do you all think? If you all seem to like the idea, I'd love to get ideas in the comments of books you'd like to help in the newe year. I'll try and narrow it down to who gets the most "votes" if you will and then we'll go from there.
I think we can make a difference, so why don't we try?
I left a comment but instead of leaving ANOTHER one, I thought I'd add it to the main post so people see this. I do like Mandy's idea of promoting a book that will give back to charity so that we can experiment with this idea but it also doesn't matter if you like the book in the end, it doesn't matter if you don't normally read that type of book, because the experiment can work around a charity. Her thoughts were that some books give proceeds of their sales to a charity and if we found a book that did that in 2010, we can promote the book based on it summary and THIS component so buying the book helps not only the author and gives us an experiment, but it also helps out a charity b/c the more sales the book gets, the more money goes to that charity. Do we know of any books like this? Authors, are you going to donate proceeds somewhere?
I have one idea right now. Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler will be out in Fall 2010 and some of her proceeds will benefit the National Eating Disorders Association. I think we can all agree this is a great cause for an important issue, regardless of what people think of the book in the end. After all, spreading the word tells you ABOUT a book, not that you will personally like it, but you might...so try it out!