Thursday, November 10, 2011
What better way to get your book noticed than to ask your audience to ban it?
Nothing is more delicious than a well-publicized banned book, particularly to "reluctant readers" of all ages.
When you hear that a book is too controversial for school libraries, what is your first reaction?
Quite likely, you want to find out what the all the hubbub is about--at least that is what I suspect.
So I have set up Ban My Book, a site dedicated to giving voice to under-represented writers (translation: writers out of the traditional publishing loop, those of us who refuse to kiss connected/corporate/foet A$$).
Books can be "banned" in many ways, which I explain on Has Your Book been "Banned"?
As under-represented writers, we need our voice out there as well, which is why I have established Ban My Book.
Ban My Book may also develop into a publishing company; I'm still looking into the intricacies of e-book/POD publishing. For this to work, Ban My Book would need to adopt a low-cost method of getting books out there, and the new website, with its jarring title and domain name, is the first step.
There can be much irony in the words "ban my book": a powerful in-your-face statement and a call-to-action declaration, an implicit "I dare you to silence my voice."
At the very least, Ban My Book will offer a public space for promoting well-written, under-represented books that have been self-published and/or have been effectively silenced by the traditional publishing industry and distribution channels.
Right now, my own under-represented book is featured on the home page, but once the site is fully functional and other writers come on board, I plan to feature other books.
For more info, email Jennifer [at] BanMyBook.com
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