May 11, 2011

Get The Dishes Out!!! A Cheeky Challenge....

A few days ago, I casually mentioned on Twitter that I've surreptitiously been moving my books to more prominent positions in bookstores. Though this certainly carries a risk of being caught, it is not a concern if you're not the author of the book - after all, you can claim in your defence that the book is brilliant and you just wish to share it with the world. For me, however, the move carries the additional risk of personal humiliation, as my picture appears on the back of the book, and any sales assistant who catches me in the act will know immediately that I am trying to boost my own sales. Still, I'm not one to be put off by the threat of personal humiliation, as anyone who has read my book (particularly those sections about personal grooming and my sexual habits) will know.

Unfortunately for me, though, my influence is limited to bookstores in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, and that cute Cammeray bookstore I stormed with my friend Mrs Woog the other day, demanding to know why they weren't stocking my book (an episode I now look back on with burning shame).

Which is why I equally as casually asked my Twitter buddies to help me out, and move my book to the forefront of shops to which I don't have access. Shops in airports. Shops in other suburbs. Shops in other cities. Shops in other states. Shops in far flung towns, with names like Why Why and Jimbedingding and Maroocheelala. Or shops in any location other than my local Westfield, which is pretty much the only place I visit these days.

Then today, I got this picture from BabyMacBeth, a Twitter buddy of mine who took book rearranging to the next level. Not only did she place my book forward and centre, she ensured it covered three full shelves. And I'm next to Kendra, Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriend! HOW GOOD IS THAT????

Now, I'm not at all convinced that this product placement can be beaten. It can, however, most probably be equalled. So I have decided to issue a challenge. Get my book into the most fabulous position (I'm thinking centre table, shop window, entire front shelf...) and send me a pic (either on Twitter, in these blog comments, on Facebook, or via email at k.sack@live.com) and I will post it. A prize will be granted to the best pic, and though I'm not sure exactly what the prize will be, it will involve something extremely wonderful.

Good luck! Spread the word! And remember: if there are any books with Simon Baker on the cover, I'll be perfectly happy to rest next to him.

26 comments:

  1. Fiona @ My Mummy DazeMay 11, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    I looked for your book in DJ's in Wollongong when I was doing some last minute Mothes Day shopping, but your book wasn't there at all! :(

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  2. Oh no!! I know they were slow in getting them on the shelves in DJ's!! Can't do much if they're not there!!! Should be in Big W, Dymocks etc though xxxx

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  3. Fiona @ My Mummy DazeMay 11, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Will be sure to suss them out! I'll see how gutsy I am when it comes to doing some serious product placement! I suppose I could always blame it on the kids...

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  4. now this sounds like my kind of challenge....consider it done this weekend - in fact i shall attempt it at several DIFFERENT shops!


    i shall let you know how i go!


    ~x~

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  5. Right. I've got Sydney International Airport, Changi Airport, Heathrow and Dublin Airport covered this weekend.

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  6. Tried to find you at The Black Cat bookshop in Paddington on Sunday & it wasn't there :( I demanded they stock it immediately. Ok ... I didn't quite demand. Just asked nicely.

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  7. The Simon Baker request is duly noted. I love a challenge. BabyMacBeth you're on! And er kerri, what is the prize? I already have a copy of your book you see....

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  8. Oh no, the prize shall not be my book. It shall be something else entirely. Something amazing. Something fabulous. Something I have no idea yet what..... But good. GOOD!

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  9. Nice is good! Were you coking when you asked?

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  10. Sydney? Check. Changi / Heathrow / Dublin? Er... not till we have international release. Unless you want to take a few boxes over??? xxx

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  11. Consider me your courier. Although I'm not sticking any books in any dodgy places. I like you and all, but that book of yours is very big and pointy...

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  12. Ingenious!! :)

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  13. Put some in your boogy board cover! That always works.

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  14. Man, I have- as you know- already LUGGED A BOX OF YOUR BOOKS out of the storeroom at my local bookshop & made the owner arrange them at 10pm. But that was last Wednesday, after book group. Can I count it as a retrospective entry?

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  15. PS. and it's tit for tat, baby. Come July, I want to see you sneaking into Dymocks and making a DISPLAY PYRAMID of Last Summer. Thank you.

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  16. When I was editing magazines here in Perth I was always rearranging the newagents I visited to ensure my titles got the prime possie. I laugh@e77f7a4bbd197d2128506c20cc165f51 d out loud when I saw in Mia Freedman's biography that she used to the same thing.

    I was always slightly worried though one day I'd come up against a competitor magazine's editor doing the exact thing at the same time and all kinds of awkwardness would ensue.

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  17. Tried to do it at my local book shop, but they don't have any wah!!

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  18. Found you already front and centre at our local book shop Wise Words, so I just went in and bragged about being at your book launch :) (I am such a famewhore)

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  19. I'll move your book, and if I'm sprung, I shall just say that I'm an old age pensioner, subject to fits of forgetfulness and random violence, and to fuck off, while I'm busy... :-)

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  20. Can i dress up as a ninja while doing this?

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  21. I keep running into shops saying I've written it!

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  22. That's why I'm very careful not to place my book over any other author's. Unless they're an ex-Playboy bunny. They don't count.

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  23. I plan to empty the stores of EVERY other book and fill every shelf with yours. Customers will have no choice. I think it's just easier that way.

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