I’m so far out of my comfort zone it’s not even funny…

Hi there. My name is Marion. And I can’t self-promote.

I just can’t do it. At my book signings people would come over to my table and I’d find myself saying, “Actually, this book is in the library, you can just check it out. That way you know if you like it before you buy it.”

I have a hard time telling people that they should read my book. I feel like an Amway salesman. I get all awkward every time my book is discussed. People get tired of me, I’m sure, because when I ever bring up my book I add all these qualifiers to it. “Yeah, it’s a book based loosely on my childhood. You might like it, but you might not, too. And that’s ok. I mean, I don’t want you to feel any pressure just because we know each other doesn’t mean you are obligated to read it. At all. I promise. In fact, it’s probably better that you don’t read it just because then things will be awkward. But if you do want to read it, I can borrow you a copy, so you don’t have to buy it, because you might not like it. But then you might feel more obligated to read it, or worried that I’m going to test you on it, which I won’t. Really, I promise. I mean if you really want to read it, you can, but I will never ask you in the future if you’ve read it, or give you a test. If it makes you more comfortable, you can just take it for a while, bend a few pages, get it a little dirty like you have read it, and then…I’ll just stop talking now. How about this weather we’re having, crazy, right?”

I usually can say that in about 8 seconds without taking a breath, and all the while I’m making calming motions with my hands, just to show you that I’m not crazy.

Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah. I’m asking for your help.

You see, I’ve had 44 people pledge money on Kickstarter.com to buy my book. Over 150 copies have been bought. That is a lot of pressure. But if I don’t reach the goal ($5,500–the cost of a print run), then the money isn’t funded, and nobody gets books. And now I really want those 44 people to get their books, in spite of how awkward it will be for me when I see them in the future.

So, I’ve heard that book contests are all the rage. I’m all about rage, just ask my kids. So here is the deal. If you post the gadget shown below anywhere on your blog (it can be in a post, or in the sidebar) and send me a link to it, I will enter your name in a drawing to receive a free signed copy. I’ll give away 10 of these babies, so your chances of getting it are good (I’ve only got 17 followers (although you don’t have to be a follower to share the link), and there is a good chance some of them won’t be able to figure out how to get the Widget to work on their site (I’m certainly not talking about you)). I’ll also personalize the book if you want. In fact, I can even pre-bend the pages so that if we meet at your house in the future, and I pull the book off the shelf, you can just pretend you read it (I won’t quiz you).

Sound like a plan? You can get the widget on this page. It’s the link that says “grab the widget”. Also, if you tweet or post the link to facebook, let me know and I’ll enter your name a second time.

Thanks, all. I couldn’t do it without your help. We’re more than 25% of the way there, so I think we can do this thing.

The Widget

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9 Responses to I’m so far out of my comfort zone it’s not even funny…

  1. L.T. Elliot says:

    I think I'd feel that same way, Matthew. I'll do what I can to help! =D

  2. Anonymous says:

    Im not an official follower, but I posted that link to facebook. I hope it helps and you get the funding you need. My mom's a sucker for good books. Im sure she's good for a dozen.

  3. Kate says:

    You just expressed my worst nightmare about getting published. Your whole third paragraph could have come from my head, and I'm not even published yet. :) I'll put it on my blog again in about two weeks. Hope it helps.

  4. Tayna says:

    I think you were talking about me! I couldn't figure out how to get the thingy onto a post, but I put it on the side bar and then posted about it!

  5. Daron D. Fraley says:

    You are far, far too modest. Your other books are hilarious. There are probably only 5 or 6 books in my home library which have ever made me laugh out loud while I read them, and 2 of them were yours.

    I am pleased to participate!

  6. Krista says:

    I posted the widget on my blog sidebar and I'll Tweet this contest. I only have a few more followers than you, but hey, anything to help! Looks like a fun book, and you can list all the reasons not to read it you want, I have a feeling it's gonna be read.

  7. Rachel says:

    I posted the widget in a post on my blog http://www.applesaucemagic.blogspot.com. Good luck!

  8. kurtusu says:

    I'll see what action I can get out of my 3rd graders and their parents… posted on my classroom web page. http://kurtj.usu.edu

  9. Matthew Buckley says:

    Thanks to everybody who has spread the word. I have seen the pledges increase!

    Kurt, let me know if you get some of your students buying books. I'd be happy to come up and hand deliver them to your class.

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