Can Cat Videos Sell Books?

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Ever since my book came out, I’ve been aflurry (is that even a word?) with promotion and book-selling mojo. To be a successful author these days you pretty much have to sell the book yourself. And by sell the book, I mean press it into everyone’s hand that you’ve ever met and beg them to buy it.

The other day I saw a guy at Starbucks. He looked vaguely familiar.

“Hey, didn’t we know each other in fourth grade?” I asked him.

He looked at me and narrowed his eyes. “I don’t think so.”

“I do. I’m pretty sure. Mr. Rochester’s class? Margaret Mead Elementary?”

He shook his head and ordered a grande latte and turned to go.

“Oh, cuz I thought we knew each other. I was going to tell you about my new book.” I reached into my wallet for my business card.

“No thanks,” the guy backed away slowly, keeping his eyes on my card like it was a gun or something.

“You’re a writer?” The barista asked when I ordered my earl gray latte. She smiled at me with a pitying look.

“Yes! I just published a book,” I started to say. Then she turned on the machine and smiled vaguely through the hissing smoke. She wasn’t interested.

So when I came across this video over at The Bloggess, I thought they might be onto something here. Everyone likes cat videos. Maybe I should change my book trailer to a cat video. What do you guys think?

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5 responses »

  1. I love this for three reasons: 1) I love cats; 2) I used to be in advertising and these guys are so dead on it’s scary; and 3) As a writer, I know exactly where you’re coming from — especially when you say to the barista, “I just published a book,” and she turns away.

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