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Random Acts of Publicity Week

Are you like me? I always promise myself that today I’ll write a review of my friends’ books and actually post them on Amazon or Library Thing or somewhere. But do I? No. That’s about to change!

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I know how wonderful it is to see new reviews on Amazon of one of my books. I know that it’s better to give than to receive. This week, I vow to put these two things together and give friends some support for their books.

So, I’m declaring next week, September 7-11, as the RANDOM ACTS OF PUBLICITY WEEK, a week when you do something to promote a friend’s book, or to promote a recent book you’ve read. I’ll post an introduction on Monday, but because of the holiday we won’t get started with the ACTS until Tuesday.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Post your intent to join. In the comments here, post that you intend to join in the fun.
  2. Daily Acts of Publicity. Each day, do one Random Act of Publicity. You can choose to concentrate on one friend’s book; you can choose a different author/book each day; you can promote a book you like, even if you don’t know the author. Post a comment on that day’s suggested activities when you complete it.
  3. Daily suggestions. Each day, I’ll suggest an activity. I’ll try to add links and info, so you’ll learn a bit more about promotion or have access to new resources. Try to complete the activity that day. I’ve tried to include both off-line and on-line activities. Here’s the schedule:
    • Tuesday: Word of Mouth
    • Wednesday: Reviews
    • Thursday: Links
    • Friday: Social Media

Four days of promoting others’ books should be great fun.

Get started today on the Random Acts of Publicity Week:

  • Spread the word. Let others know about the Random Acts of Publicity Week. (Copy the banner if you want and post it on your site.)
  • Read or re-read books. Plan the books you want to promote. Have you been waiting for a good time to read your friend’s book? This is that good time. Check it out; buy it; read it by next Tuesday.

60 Comments
  • Susan VanHecke
    September 1, 2009

    Such a great idea! So many titles I’ve been meaning to review… this’ll get my butt in gear! Count me in!

  • Peg Helminski
    September 1, 2009

    Great idea!

  • Jo kittinger
    September 1, 2009

    Count me in! What a terrific idea!

  • Sara Latta
    September 2, 2009

    I’m in! What a great idea!

  • Sara Latta
    September 2, 2009

    P.S. This idea seems to be everywhere in the air these days. Check out this post by Eileen Flanagan:
    http://www.eileenflanagan.com/blog/2009/7/24/if-you-love-a-writer.html

    Great ideas!

  • Misa Ramirez
    September 2, 2009

    I LOVE this idea! Very fun. I posted your link on twitter and we’ll do our part at Chasing Heroes!

  • veronica davids
    September 2, 2009

    Thanks for the wonderful idea. I’m game!

  • Darcy Pattison
    September 2, 2009

    Sara: Eileen has some great ideas! Thanks for pointing out the article.

  • Dawn Dixon
    September 2, 2009

    What fun – count me in!

  • Patricia
    September 2, 2009

    Sounds good. I’m game.

  • Sarah Lamstein
    September 2, 2009

    Lovely! I’m in.

  • D. Dina Friedman
    September 2, 2009

    I’m hoping I can participate.

  • Darcy Pattison
    September 2, 2009

    Dina:
    Do what you can! I know that if I do even one review for a friend, I’ll be happy!
    Darcy

  • Michelle Markel
    September 2, 2009

    Brilliant idea, Darcy. We should do this once a month, or even once a week. There’s Non-fiction Mondays, Poetry Fridays, how about RAP Tuesdays :)

  • Patricia Newman
    September 2, 2009

    I’d love to join you, Darcy. I’m also spreading the word through my blog and to the SCBWI members in the California North/Central region where I’m co-Regional Advisor.

  • Jeanne Prevost
    September 2, 2009

    I’m in! I think this is a wonderful thing to do.

  • Mitali Perkins
    September 2, 2009

    About to tweet this … love it!

  • Kristin Tubb
    September 2, 2009

    Wonderful idea, Darcy! I’ll forward the link to this page to the Midsouth and Southern Breeze SCBWI listservs!

  • Darcy Pattison
    September 2, 2009

    Patricia, Mitali, Kristin:
    Thanks for passing on the news about this fun event!
    Darcy

  • shirley Klock
    September 2, 2009

    What a genius idea, Darcey. I’ll try. I’m going to make a list of what I plan to-do today. I’ll be traveling during Random Acts of Publicity Week, but I expect to be “connected” – internet is everywhere!

  • jeanne miller
    September 2, 2009

    This is a wonderful idea. I’ve been lazy about reviewing friends’ books but this will inspire me.

  • Alexis O'Neill
    September 2, 2009

    I’m in! And I just posted your announcement to our local SCBWI listserv in the Ventura/Santa Barbara region.

  • Hester Bass
    September 3, 2009

    Thanks for the nudge, Darcy. I happen to have a book coming out September 8 – The Secret World of Walter Anderson – just in time for Random Acts of Publicity Week! Now I’m committed to paying it forward. Great idea to help each other – thanks!

  • Kris Aro McLeod
    September 3, 2009

    Fantastic idea! I’m in.

  • Nancy Castaldo
    September 3, 2009

    Count me in!

  • Lyn Miller-Lachmann
    September 3, 2009

    Already set it up. I’m reviewing books for the “Waging Peace” blog of the local newspaper the (Albany) Times-Union as well as the readergirlz Salon. Now I have to make my deadlines.

  • Mauriel Joslyn
    September 3, 2009

    Count me in! This is good for all of us.

  • Q. L. Pearce
    September 3, 2009

    I’m on board and I just posted to our SoCal region in the OC. Great idea. Thanks.

  • Merrily Kutner
    September 3, 2009

    What a creative way to help others…I just had to jump in.

  • Linda Boyden
    September 4, 2009

    What a simply great idea!

  • Lori Mortensen
    September 4, 2009

    Nifty idea! Count me in!

  • Jean Reidy
    September 4, 2009

    I’m in!! What a great idea.
    Jean

  • Erin Dealey
    September 4, 2009

    Count me in!

  • C. Lee McKenzie
    September 4, 2009

    I do a lot of interviews, but I haven’t tackled a review on my blog. I’ll give it a go.

  • Marva Dasef
    September 4, 2009

    I’ll join in the fun.

  • Judy
    September 4, 2009

    I’m in! This sounds fun and productive. A great combination!

  • Sherry Shahan
    September 5, 2009

    Looking forward — Great idea!

  • Fiona
    September 5, 2009

    Me, too!

  • Nancy Tague
    September 6, 2009

    Me too!

  • Karrie Z Myton
    September 6, 2009

    I’d love to do this, too. I’ll also pass the word to others…

  • JoAnn Early Macken
    September 6, 2009

    Yes, me, too! Excellent idea!

  • Ann Angel
    September 6, 2009

    I’m in. What a great idea!

  • gina capaldi
    September 6, 2009

    I’m in…I’m thrilled…great idea!

  • Teresa Rolfe Kravtin
    September 7, 2009

    I make a living at promoting author’s and illustrator’s books and I think this is a GREAT idea! Why don’t we use a hashtag of sorts on Twitter (maybe #RAP?) so we can see them all at any time? I love it that we’re all talking to each other about books more and more. It’s all good.

  • Heather Zydek
    September 7, 2009

    My first unofficial random act: publicizing ‘Random Week’ on Facebook and at two writing YahooGroups. Looking forward to doing more!

  • Joan Waites
    September 7, 2009

    Wonderful idea! please count me in.

  • Chrissi Hart
    September 7, 2009

    What a fabulous idea!

  • Janet Halfmann
    September 7, 2009

    I’m in. What a great idea!

  • Joyce Ray
    September 7, 2009

    Great idea! I’ll participate!

  • Dana Cleveland Konop
    September 7, 2009

    I came. I saw. I tweeted. And I’m in!

  • Kimberlee Conway Ireton
    September 7, 2009

    Woohoo! Count me in. I’m ready to put in a good word for my fellow writers–it’s so much easier and more enjoyable than promoting myself! Thanks for this great idea.

  • Diana
    September 8, 2009

    Great idea! We all need to support each other!

  • Mimi Schroeder
    September 8, 2009

    This is such a wonderful idea. Sign me up.

  • LB Gschwandtner
    August 21, 2010

    What a fab idea! Count on me & my tweet machine in.
    My book, The Naked Gardener, is at Amazon.com.
    How about a list of other participants’ titles?

  • Tina Nichols Coury
    August 29, 2011

    Great Darcy. I debut a new trailer for a Back list book.

  • elizabethanne
    September 1, 2011

    Fantastic idea! Count me in. I’m looking forward to this!

  • Joyce Moyer Hostetter
    September 6, 2011

    I am in!

  • Christina Mandelski
    September 7, 2011

    I’m in, Darcy (just a little late posting my intentions!!)

  • Ann Schwab
    September 7, 2011

    Fabulous – count me in! (Better late than never!!)

  • Carol Baldwin
    September 7, 2011

    I’m in, although I see I’m a little bit late. I think Ill make up my own week. I’m sure you won’t mind! Great idea.!