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BtO Contest:Guerrilla Book Promotion Gets Hairy

New authors are often encouraged to engage in "guerrilla book promotion," doing whatever they must to get their books in the hands of readers. In Pennsylvania Sunday, one of those ("over exuberant," according to a Secret Service spokesman) authors apparently got a bit carried away, hurling his paperback at the president in a desperate bid for attention.

Well, at least he got a chance to meet the Secret Service up close and personal. His punishment for the stunt? Neither the author's name nor the name of his book was released to the media. Better luck next time, champ!

I think we should hold a contest here at BtO to ask, what's the most outrageous book promotion activity you can think of? (Example: Sending a copy of your latest, Romancing the Flyboy, up, up, and away with Balloon Boy!"

Your "prize," if selected? Deathless fame in the form of inclusion in BtO's list of the Top Ten List of Uber-Awesome Ways to Get Your Book in Headlines!

Contest ends Sunday, so please hurry!


Suzan Harden said…
Hmmm. . .Since I'm pitching my Amish vampire book this weekend, this could get a little weird.

Maybe a class on zombie self-defense using non-powered farm implements?
Ha! Good one, Suzan!
Unknown said…
I did some pretty outrageous things when I was tarting for the Next Best Celler contest.

The most wild thing I did was when the Mormon missionaries came by the house. They knocked on the door and asked me if I had read their book.

I invited them in and served them lemonade and asked them if they had read mine. I offered an even exchange.

Now, maybe that wouldn't seem too outlandish, but the title of my book was HOW TO LOSE A DEMON IN 10 DAYS. *g*
That's hysterical, Saranna! Thanks for sharing!

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