Adventures in creative publicity

On Dear Author we hear of a woman who’s held a funeral for her failed writing career.  When I read the post my thoughts went something like this:

  • Sixteen rejections is a low threshold for career failure.
  • Can you base a career on the viability of a single novel (probably a first effort?)
  • Hold on, this got play in the New Yorker?
  • There’s a website devoted to this?
  • And wait a minute, you can buy the self-published book. . .
  • And look at the site’s graveyard theme, and the title, Family Plots?  Get it?
  • This woman may be a genius.

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