I don't consider myself an artist. I don't even consider myself a writer. I will cede, though, that I feel a certain camaraderie with right-brained people. I definitely hang out with a lot of creative people and, in that community, I often find a sense of support where people will really go out of their way to champion projects of those around them.
A friend will come out with a new CD so I'll buy a copy (even if it's not necessarily my cup of tea). An acquaintance will have an art show so I'll attend it or (if unable to make it), post the details of it on my blog, facebook, whatever. I may not do enough but I do try to make an effort.
Thus, it's just bizarre for me to be around a group that just doesn't make an effort at all.
I've had a stack of books sitting next to me at work for over a month now. Despite how much I despise when other people do it, I went ahead and sent out a note to my office saying that I had books for sale with information about the project. After that I got two guys from another department who picked up copies (and seem to be genuinely enjoying them). I also guilted my boss into picking up another. But how about the guys I go out to lunch with every Friday? The ones that I've bullshitted with for a few thousand hours over the last five years? Have they even come over to flip through a copy and give me a Kevin Costner "neat" appraisal before gingerly putting it down and keeping the $20 in their pockets? Nope. It's like the elephant in the room.
I don't mean to kvetch... but I will. It just disconcerts me to run in such widely disparate circles.
That isn't to say that I don't feel like folks have been supporting my efforts. Quite the contrary. I've gotten a wonderful response from a lot of people including a number that I never expected. But, that's a delightful surprise. The other folks are a disappointment.
What I'd love (other than major book sales) is for folks to spread the word. "It don't cost nuthin'." A tweet, a facebook post, a blog post, a phone call, printing up and posting a flier, a "hey, you know what looks great?", a billboard campaign, ya know... nothing big.
Want to give me a hand? Spread the word? Here are some links that would be great to spread around:
|Link to Book Info||http://bit.ly/bIt33l|
|Link to Amazon||http://amzn.to/d8wAIX|
|Link to Indiebound||http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781593935474|
|Link to Tour Dates||http://bit.ly/avzXaP|
|Link to Reviews||http://bit.ly/ah9134|
Tweet 'em, post the pages to facebook, stumble upon them, digg them, whatever. The idea is to get the word out, far and wide. Your help would be appreciated. Thanks!