The official "Oil and Water..." blog sees activity every day and has had nearly 3000 hits.
I've started a blog/link list on the blog so if there are any good blogs and/or websites that should be included, please post them here.
I'm also looking for places/people that would be interested in reviewing the anthology. These need to be legitimate places or people with some kind of following. I can offer either ebook or print copies and either way there is a cost involved, hence the requirement for legitimate reviewers/review sites.
If anyone out there knows of blogs that wouldn't mind hosting an event where we can talk about the anthology would be great, too!
Post your ideas, thoughts, comments here or send me a message :)
Approaching some of the literary journals from the south might be one avenue to take. I suggest Black Warrior Review, The Chattahoochee Review, and especially journals with a geographical tie to the Gulf area : The Florida Review, Tampa Review, New Delta Review, Bayou, Bateau, The Mississippi Review, New Orleans Review, and so on. Hope this helps.
One suggestion--I have posted a link with book cover graphic on my blog page to keep it in the picture.
Is it ok to review a book in which you, yourself, are a contributor and would note that fact?
I write reviews but did not know if it is acceptable practice?
I've seen authors who have work in an anthology talk about the anthology as a whole and/or talk about their work in it, but I haven't seen an author do a review on the work as a whole. It's sort of hard (and very risky) to write a critical review of a work that you are in without being seen as being biased.
I'm not saying you can't, but I would state that you have an interest in the book. And I definitely wouldn't write negative criticism about fellow contributors LOL
Amy, your point about FB is very well taken. I have gotten overwhelmed on FB and don't go on that much anymore and when I do I only see a page of posts so I'm sure I'm missing a lot. I've resorted to massive emails recently to try to stir up more interest.
Once I get down south I'll be able to get a lot of local places to carry the book. It just takes the personal touch unfortunately. In the meantime, we could plan an organized approach to sales for the anniversary date of the spill with everyone taking responsibility for a reading of some kind in their local bookstore with a media kit to go out. Those of you who are near one another could do something together. Small bookstores are not going to carry the book long term because of interest and shelf space but I'm sure they would be happy to do so for a week around the time of the anniversary.
I will also be willing to go within a day's drive of the Berkshires for an event. Dania and I are working on a couple of things for NYC and I'm hoping Mary Rowe can join in as well.
The other thing I'd be willing to do on my way down south once I know when the hell I'm ever going to get out of here (scuse me, it's snowing right this minute) is do a reading tour with any of you as I mosey down. I know there are a couple of authors in Maryland, and a bunch of people in Virginia, Leslie's in NC, Karen in Atlanta and aren't there one or two other people in Atlanta? Nicole is in north Alabama so I could hit all those spots if everyone is game or Nicole could come down to the beach and do something with me down there. Or some of you in south Florida could come for a weekend once I get "home" and we could do a bunch of events as soon as I shake the cold off of me.
If you're too shy to do a reading, perhaps a radio interview on the local radio station if there is one or a podcast sent to your email list.
My husband is going to record me this week and we're going to offer my essay as a free download from our website with a link to buy the book. We've been in a b**tch fight with our web guy and haven't been able to upload anything for about a month. Don't ask. One of the many joys of running a small publishing company.
I think we should also consider how the larger community here at SheWrites could help.
That's my two cents well, um, actually it looks more like ten cents. N