Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fear-based book sales

Earlier this week, a nice, respectable author who happens to enjoy talking about her son, got accused of exploiting her child to sell books.

Recently, another author wondered what would happen if authors used fear-in-advertising to sell books...

So I speculated about what it would look like if you crossed those two things. This is what I got:



BUY MY BOOK OR THIS CHILD WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RIDE A PONY!!!!!!*




*My publisher isn't associated with the buy-a-book-so-Miss-Bear-can-ride-a-pony campaign...

12 comments:

  1. Sometimes a little child exploitation is called for! Lol

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    1. Louise,
      Indeed! It's a ton of fun too! :D

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting! :)

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  2. For the sake of children everywhere who want a pony, I'd buy the book! hehehe.

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    1. Thanks, Karen. It's a tough life--wanting a pony and not getting one. ;-)

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  3. You know, I think it might have worked better in the 'old days' when there were only paper books. That way, you could say 'buy this book or however many printers will go out of business, x amount of publishers will go bankrupt, etc. etc. right down to x number of lumberjacks will have to stop work.' But maybe a cute kid wanting a pony ride tugs more at the heart strings? Though I have to say I'd be more afraid of the people out of work than the kid!

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    1. Andrea,
      Cute kids are way more appealing than a bunch of faceless corporate types. I guess my fear-ratio to cuteness balance is off. :D

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  4. I hadn't thought of doing this...wonder if it works with kittens?

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    1. Beth, no idea! Maybe I'll try that next week... ;-)

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  5. I didn't know pony rides were still available. Huh. Wonder if "this child will lose Internet access" might appeal to e-book readers. ??

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    1. Ashantay,
      There are a couple places that still have pony rides around here.

      Whatever the case, Miss Bear isn't allowed on the Internet. :-)

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  6. Loved it! I'm trying to think of something to threaten with to increase my sales. Buy my book or else

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    1. Barbara...Do you own a cute doggie? :-)

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