Dear Friends, Family, Readers, Fans, Friends of Fans, Fans-to-Be, And So On:
You are probably aware that today (October 1, 2009) my debut novel THIRSTY hit bookstores. What you may not be aware of (unless you are a writer or are lucky enough to be married to a writer) is that the first few weeks following the release of a novel are critical. Now that it has officially launched, THIRSTY needs to fly off bookshelves and into the hands of readers everywhere.
If you were born before 1980, you probably remember the Herbal Essences commercial in which "She told two friends. And they told two friends. And so on. And so on. And so on." The marketing campaign worked. Every girl I knew back then used Herbal Essences shampoo.
I'd like to create the same phenomenon for THIRSTY. How can you help? Not surprisingly, I have a few suggestions:
1. Buy THIRSTY this week. If you've already bought a copy (or 3 or 4), encourage co-workers, friends, lovers, and strangers to buy it. Have you suggested it to your mailperson? To the woman who makes your espresso in the morning? To your roommate's boyfriend who reads voraciously? To the pretty girl you see every afternoon on the subway?
2. Come to my readings/signings. I'm in Pittsburgh from October 5 through October 21, and I'm going to be making appearances (and most likely passing out very delicious cookies) at a number of venues. See my Calendar of Events at the THIRSTY website: www.thirstythenovel.com. From October 22 through November 2, I'll be back up in New England...reading, signing, and making merry. Join me!
3. Review THIRSTY on your blog, at amazon.com, at Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and anywhere else you can think to post words about my debut novel. Even t-shirts.
4. Read THIRSTY with your book club. Before the big discussion, ask me to join you via Skype or iChat.
5. Donate your Facebook status to THIRSTY. People actually do pay attention to what you post on your Facebook page. It's a great way to spread the word.
That's all I can think of right now. If you have other ideas, give a holler. Please know how much I appreciate all your support, encouragement, and good cheer. I couldn't do this without you.
Kristin Bair O'KeeffeTHIRSTY
, A Novel
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What others are saying
"O'Keeffe's debut gracefully encapsulates the working-class cycle of poverty and hopelessness in the lives of these hard-laboring, sympathetic wives and mothers."
"Kristin Bair O'Keeffe's Thirsty has all the power of a small miracle. The mysteries of nineteenth century, small town factory life-the sudden appearance of thousands of butterflies, an extraordinary affliction of hiccups, a talking bird-brilliantly transcend the accumulation of everyday cruelties. A remarkably good read."
-Joe Meno, author of The Great Perhaps
and Hairstyles of the Damned