Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Giveaway-ish Event for My Blogging Friends

All right, this is something I should have thought of months ago, but you know how it is. You're your own publisher and publicist, but meanwhile you're also Mom, and the curriculum planner, and the school-day executrix, and the cook, and the driver for hire, and the person who thought the choir ought to do an Advent Lessons and Carols service this year, and Miss Sally of Sunday-School fame. Occasionally things slip your mind.

I have, in my house right now, about . . . ten? . . . copies of Brief Light. I need to go and count, but it's roughly that. I realize that by now most people who read this blog regularly and are remotely interested in poetry will probably have bought a copy for their own delectation, and some (of my very very favorite) people have bought multiple copies to give as gifts, for which, let me tell you, I am rising up now and always and calling you blessed. But perhaps you would like a free copy, to keep for yourself or to give as yet another gift? Perhaps you would like a signed copy, although I feel kind of foolish offering this, because my signature, unreadable as it is, is the very same thing I gave to the Orkin man just the other day. Minus the book, that is. He just wanted the yellow merchant copy of the form saying that really, this time, from now on we shouldn't have any more roaches.

Anyway, here's the deal. If you have a blog and would be willing to write a little review of the book, I will send you a copy (signed or no, you tell me). Actually, if you don't have a blog but could write a little review for some outlet or other, either online or print, I will send you a copy. Not sold in stores. While supplies last. Just leave me a note in the comments.

What's better than having someone rise up and call you blessed? Having someone rise up, call you blessed, and scrawl what she swears is really her name, plus whatever message you like, in a book for you, that's what. With undying love.

41 comments:

MacBeth Derham said...

First? I'm in!

MacBeth Derham said...

First? I'm in!

Sally Thomas said...

You are for sure in. Putting one copy aside for Macbeth.

Sally Thomas said...

I'm going to bed now, but will give as many books as I have to that many takers. One down; looks like eight (I really counted!) to go.

Melanie Bettinelli said...

I'm ashamed to say that I got my copy, read one or two poems and then... mislaid it. When I find it again, I'll definitely be writing about it on my blog.

Anyway, that's why I've been silent. Not because I didn't like it.

Now... where the heck did I put it?

Sally Thomas said...

Oh, but I'd send you another one if you wanted (and really, let me say that I more than understand "where did I put it?" I just spent a whole choir practice asking myself that, about music that was actually in my folder somewhere . . . which is bad enough when you're not leading choir practice . . . )

Wandering Heart said...

Do you only want people who know something about poetry? I could write a review, but I know literally nothing about poetry.

Sarah said...

I'm with WanderingHeart. I'd love to read and write and review, but I am not the most knowledgable of poetry readers and my blog is not high traffic...in fact it's been downright dead over the last two months as we attempt to adopt twins. Totally understand and won't be offended if you'd like to have the reviews be by someone with a bigger audience!

lissla lissar said...

Um, eigth? Me! Me! Pick me! I'll write about it!

Rodak said...

Sally --
Our mutual friend, Julia, has already sent me a copy of your wonderful book. After reading only the first few poems, I was moved to bring it to the attention of my Facebook friends. You are every bit as good as any contemporary poet I've read; I mean that.
I chose Facebook because nobody reads my blog, which has been pretty much neglected by me for several months now. I'm a fan, Sally. Thank you!

Sally Thomas said...

Rodak, thank you so much. She passed along your kind words to me, and they really made my day. I'm so glad you like the book.

To everyone else: I am very happy to send a free copy of the book to anyone who would like to write something about it. I'm not sure it matters that you "know" much about poetry. In fact, if I have a mission as a poet, it is to invite thoughtful readers who would not necessarily count themselves as poetry readers into the world of a poem.

What I would love to see is a spectrum of reviews, from the frankly literary (all you former UD English majors out there, for example!) to what I guess for lack of a better word I'd call the "popular." There is something to building a professional reputation in the rather self-referential world of contemporary poetry, and I don't discount that -- I'd like to be known for being good at what I do -- but there is also something to being *read.* Certainly I'd appreciate serious critical reviews, but even more I would love for some person out there who never liked poetry, and was afraid even to try to read it, to pick up the book and have it speak to them.

So, no reader too humble, no blog too small! If you really want a free copy, just email me at sallytslc AT hotmail DOT com, and I'll get it in the mail. While supplies last. I did have exactly ten to start with, so we'll keep this going till they're gone.

And Sarah, congratulations and prayers. That is exciting news!

Melanie Bettinelli said...

I found it! I was using it as a bookmark in another book, Make the Bread, Buy the Butter, which I fished out from under my bed today when I got the library notice that it's now past due.

There's probably something to be made of that: using poetry to mark one's place in a cookbook. It somehow seems emblematic of my life.

As for the free copy... if I got it I'm not sure but that it wouldn't send me into a spiral of indecision about who to give it to. I'll let someone else have it who wants to read it or who has a specific recipient in mind.


Sally Thomas said...

Ha! That's great (and also something I would do). And yes, the intersection of literature with cooking . . . in my house that usually winds up being the intersection of literature with something burning to a hunk of carbon because I was so wrapped up in reading or writing that forgot I was cooking. In which case perhaps the cookbook would be the emblematic bookmark, except that in reality they're usually too big.

Sally Thomas said...

"that *I* forgot I was cooking"

Emily L. said...

I'm another former UD English major who loves your poetry and blog and has a silent, neglected blog. Please, send me your beautiful book and I will write a review of it, what an edifying task. I'll send an email with address if there are any copies left.

Melanie Bettinelli said...

Hi Emily, from one UD English major to another. Please feel free to stop by my blog or drop me a line.

Paul said...

I have a vague recollection that the only known copy of a newspaper published in 1654 turned up as a bookmark in an architectural treatise in the Bodleian.

Also, I would happily blog about your book, but postage would probably amount to more than the one sale that might (or might not) arise as a result.

Sally Thomas said...

OK, so far we have:

1. Macbeth
2. Wandering Heart
3. Sarah
4. Lissla Lissar
5. Emily L.
6. Willa (who emailed me to ask if there were any left)

If you haven't already emailed or Facebooked me your mailing address, please do that!

Four left, if I counted aright.

And Paul, shipping from here probably would be prohibitive. Lulu, through whom I published the book, does have print outlets worldwide, so it may be that you can order a copy, if you want one, more or less locally.

Sally Thomas said...

PS: I promise not to sell anyone's mailing address, though the purveyors of catalogs and junk mail beat down my door.

GretchenJoanna said...

ogeI would love to read and review your book, whether or not any free ones are left. I will look around here to find out how to buy it...if I'm not way down the list after #10 you can let me know.mentiHa 21

GretchenJoanna said...

I am not ogel. Somehow my captcha code entry went on the front of my first word, "I." I'm afraid this is how nicknames are born, so I want you to think (hard) of me as Gretchen!

Sally Thomas said...

Well, I was wondering who ogel was . . . and why he/she was having you do the blog commenting on his/her behalf.

Anyway, Gretchen is #7. Three left!

And again, drop me an email -- sallytslc AT hotmail DOT com -- with a mailing address.

Maclin said...

I'm planning to write about it on my blog, but thought I would wait till after I'd read it, which means it will be at least another few weeks, as I have a queue. Since I already have a copy, though, I won't take another, unless you still have them sitting around when I do the review.

Anecdote related by Andrew Hudgins at a reading some years ago: John Ashberry, asked what it was like to be a famous poet, replied "Being a famous poet is not like being famous."

And now to do battle with the Blogger captcha, which has defeated me more than once. So if you never see this comment, that's why.

Sally Thomas said...

Ha! Yes. I'm trying to think to what degree that applies to being a not-famous poet.

And really, I'm not trying to put people on the spot here (especially when you bought the book!). I'm grateful that anyone is buying and reading it at all.

Paul said...

That would be why they refused my order. I'll have to investigate what outlet they have round here.

Sally Thomas said...

Hm, the website refused your order? Let me see what I can find out about that . . .

Rodak said...

Sally - The final line of the final poem in the book is as beautiful a line of verse as I've ever encountered; you positioned it perfectly!

Sally Thomas said...

Thank you. That's one of the few poems I wrote as a graduate student that still hold up. I remember bringing it to a workshop and having Mark Strand, who was one of my teachers, say something like, "Don't you love writing a formal poem -- it's like you didn't even write it." And I've always felt exactly that.

Sally Thomas said...

Thanks, by the way, to all of you who've sent me your mailing addresses. I'm going to go put books in envelopes right now!

Sally Thomas said...

And to those of you who haven't yet sent me a mailing address but would like a copy -- there's still time.

Meanwhile, Paul: I'm still not sure why the website would have refused your order. They list shipping options for the UK, France, and "Europe," which I was presuming meant "everybody on that continent who isn't in France." Hm. I'm sorry you've had trouble. The book will eventually be available through Amazon, but it's not been released for wider distribution yet.

Maybe I need to do an e-version, though personally I really prefer poetry *books*.

Paul said...

Yes, it wasn't clear to me. They offer the option, then just blankly say they can't process the order. Once you clued me in as to the international sister sites, I worked out that for France (for instance) you have to go to the French site and order from there.

Sally Thomas said...

Ah, so that worked?

Emily J. said...

Do you still have copies left? I didn't order a copy, but I asked my sister to send me one of hers, since the site charges 11.99 s/h to Guam, and I think it would be less to send book rate from the states. But since she's in that late pregnancy stage, I don't know how long it will take for her to get to the PO. I'm another low traffic blog, but I'd be happy to post something there or on Facebook, if you still have copies:).

Sally Thomas said...

Let me double-check, Emily, because I think I'm losing track of who's asked for a copy vs. who's sent me an address. I'm the kind of person who double-books herself repeatedly, even though she owns multiple calendars . . . but guardedly, yes, I think I still have at least one copy not spoken for. Send me your address, and I'll get on it.

Jan said...

I can't believe I missed this :(

Sally Thomas said...

Well, the status right now is as follows:

I have in envelopes copies of the book for

Macbeth
Wandering Heart
Lissla Lissar
Emily L.
GretchenJoanna

Haven't yet received addresses for

Willa
Sarah

That seems to leave me with two unspoken-for copies which can go to

EmilyJ
Jan

So this does work out! (and I guess it was really nine copies that I had, though I could have sworn I counted ten)

Email me your addresses, y'all! I promise I won't pass them along to lawyers in Burkina Faso, whose millionaire clients seem to die by the score leaving no heirs . . .

Jan said...

YEEEEEE-HAWWWWWWWWWW!!! I have a date with a book of poetry! Who knows what this will bring about?! My whole life might just be about to change...:)

Oh! And please do sign it!

GretchenJoanna said...

I forgot to say I'd love it if you would sign the book. I also am awfully excited to have a new book of poetry.

Sally Thomas said...

Done. I've actually scrawled a brief little something in all of them, which I hope is okay with everyone.

Sheila said...

Oh sigh. This is what happens when I get behind on my blog reading. :(

GretchenJoanna said...

I have finally posted my non-English major's blog post :-) It took a while because I decided to buy copies to give for Christmas presents so I had to keep it a secret until now. It's at
http://gretchenjoanna.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-glow-from-brief-light.html