Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Fountain of Sales

From Victoria Strauss & A. C. Crispin's blog, Writer Beware , commenting a week ago Sunday on the demise of the Amazon plog (publicity blogs). I just found this portion particularly amusing, which, if you have read my blog for long, will not be surprising. (With thanks to Ed Willett for steering me to this post)

"There's no true way to know if this stuff works--because these days, who's going to volunteer to be the test case, the writer who eschews the self-promotion rat race, the writer who doesn't cultivate a public persona, the writer who simply writes? (God, that sounds attractive.) In the harsh world of self-promotion, we're all snatching at straws, reading runes, casting spells, and chasing our own tails, hoping that each new opportunity--websites! Blogs! Plogs! MySpace! Podcasting!--will be the one that will absolutely, indisputably, undeniably work. We're all Ponce de León, tramping alien territory in search of the Fountain of Sales--and those who enjoy the process are just as lost as those who despise it (though no doubt they would say otherwise)."