“Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “A sheer pleasure.” – Tana French. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville. “The effortless cool of Elmore Leonard at his peak.” – Ray Banks. “A fine writer at the top of his game.” – Lee Child.

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Man With The PLAN

I know nothing about Bill Folman, author of THE SCANDAL PLAN, but I do feel his pain. Here, courtesy of the Harper Studio, is a little movie about debut novelist Folman’s attempts to scrape up a little publicity and sell a couple of books. The good news is, it’s very funny - especially the bit where Bill is advised to ‘go on Oprah’. I’ve had someone advise me to cut faffing around with blogging and whatnot, and just go on TV and plug the book … and this from a person who is a published author. Anyway, the bad news is, Bill Folman has just raised the bar for promo-seeking debutant novelists to the kind of standards that might well give Olympic pole vaulters nose-bleeds. Roll it there, Collette …

3 comments:

Rob Kitchin said...

I have a nose bleed already (and I can't pole vault)

Josh Schrank said...

We're going to miss you, Dec. I mean seriously, how do you top pitching a naked guy off the roof? Wait...
it's coming to me...
I have it!

You can fake your death AND your agent's. A suicide pact! You'll get on CNN for that one. Of course, it'll be kind of hard to write an sequels, but hey, at least you'll get the first two in the news.

Stuart Neville said...

Best. Book promo. Ever.