Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Shelf Elf Revolution! Who's With Me?
Remember that line from Dirty Dancing at the end when Patrick Swayze comes sashaying into the ballroom to save Baby from a life of being overlooked by saying, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner!" And then they dance off into happily ever after or something? Well, that's how I feel about my new book, Substitute Me. The powers that be seem hell bent on putting my 'baby,' my debut novel in the proverbial corner, by shelving it solely in the African-American section of the bookstore where only a select few might find it.
So, I'm going to be my own Patrick Swayze and pull my baby out of the corner. I'm starting a Shelf-Elf Revolution. Every time I see Substitute Me, being segregated into the African-American section of the bookstore or library, I will call on my inner Patrick and re-shelve her on to a shelf in the front row. As you can see by my photos above.
In photo #1, you'll see where I recently found three copies of Substitute Me in a Barnes & Noble in suburban Philadelphia. Mind you this display was WAAYYY in the back of the store. So, in photo #2, you'll see where I placed the book in a more appropriate venue, a place where my 'baby' could shine.
So, Meltingpot readers, I'm asking you to join my Self Elf Revolution. Help me get my baby out of the corner and on to the bestseller lists. Okay, maybe that's a bit much, but I say you gotta aim high. I could break out into song right now, but I will try to curb my enthusiasm.
If you do have a chance to play Shelf Elf with Substitute Me, send me a picture of your shenanigans and I'll send you a free book.
Viva La Revolucion!