Random Acts


WHAT: Random Acts of Publicity 2010
WHEN: September 7-10

Last year, I declared the week after Labor Day, as Random Acts of Publicity Week. It’s coming back this year on September 7-10. Here’s a quick summary from last year and we’ll update it with lots of fun this year!

Random Acts of Publicity 2010

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 GoodReads or somewhere. But do I? No. That’s about to change!

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. During the Random Acts of Publicity Week, I vow to put these two things together and give friends some support for their books.

So, I’m declaring next week, September 7-10, 2010, 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. Four days of promoting others’ books should be great fun.

Why this week? We all know that the holiday shopping season is when people buy things, including books! We want our Amazon pages and other publicity in place before that season starts. So, September is a great month to help others by reviewing their books and doing other Random Acts of Publicity.

Look for more in the next few weeks. For now:

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 before September 7.

Any suggestions for this week? Help me plan it! Want to do a guest post on this, or plan a related day on your blog? 0

  • holly cupala
    August 12, 2010

    Terrific idea – I’ll join! I have lots of horns to toot these days for deserving books and authors. Thanks for the invitation, Darcy!

  • Maurissa Guibord
    August 19, 2010

    This is a fantastic idea! As writers I don’t think it comes naturally to promote yourself. And there are plenty of books that I want to give a shout out to :)

  • Natalie Aguirre
    August 20, 2010

    What a fantastic idea. Glad you’re doing it again.

  • tracey
    August 31, 2010

    Love this idea…I randomly promoted a friend’s chapbook on my blog not too long ago. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/a0zpZH

  • Lisa Pietsch
    August 31, 2010

    You are BRILLIANT! I love it!

  • Karen Robertson
    September 1, 2010

    I’m in! Great idea.

  • Debby Dahl Edwardson
    September 5, 2010

    I’m in and geared to go! Thanks for doing this again, Darcy. You are an inspiration.

  • Buddhapuss Ink LLC
    September 6, 2010

    Great idea! We posted your banner and linked it back to you from our blog. Tweeting as we speak to help spread the word.

  • Peggy Archer
    September 6, 2010

    I can’t remember if I signed up or not since we’re on vaction. But I found a computer here, so I’m in! This is such a great idea, Darcy!

  • Diane Browning
    September 8, 2010

    I’m in! I’m not tweeting, or on Facebook (yet) but I’ve posted your banner and linked to you on my blog Out of the Paintbox. Yesterday I blogged about Candace Ryan’s fun book, Animal House, and today I’ve reviewed Gretchen Woelfle’s Katje, the Windmill Cat on my blog’s cat day. I love the idea of commenting on books on Amazon!

  • Katie Davis
    September 11, 2010

    It’s the 11th but watch as I practice right now in front of everybody: Greg Pincus, at http://www.thehappyaccident.net blogged about your event – and he has a huge following! Nice, going, Darcy!

    I would like to invite your readers to continue practicing past the 10th…because I LOVE this idea. It is one reason I started my podcast, Brain Burps About Books, where I attempt Random Acts of Publicity every week. And your readers can help by calling in feedback, questions, or comments at 888-522-1929 (and get a little publicity themselves).

    Thanks for a great and generous idea.