There’s hot gossip making the rounds in mystery-writing circles about the husband of A Famous Author who sent letters to first-time novelists recently offering to sell them blurbs from his wife as part of a promotional "break-out bestseller" package they’ve put together. The services allegedly include having The Famous Author rave about the book on her website, provide links on her website to the writer’s, and provide the writer witha mailing list of the "Minotaur 100" reviewers as well as members of MWA and SiC. In that spirit, author Donna Andrews jokingly offers her own menu of promotional services.
I’m not going to introduce my own competing service. But
I have some ideas. Just tossing around some rough figures, mind you,
but here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
Website link: $5
Working website link: $50
Blog mention: $5
Humorous blog mention: $50
Blog entry claiming that I’ve read your book: $100
Actually reading your book and saying something intelligent about it: contact management for current rates.
Mentioning your book in public as what I’m currently reading: $25
your book as one of my year’s favorites: sliding scale, depending on
where the mention appears. Contact management to negotiate terms.