Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Getting the Word Out Is Hard Work

I've been sending emails to people like John Scalzi and Neil Gaiman, and if anyone blogs again about the case, I will try to make polite and appropriate comments. Other than that, I'm wondering how else I can get the word out about the Barbara Bauer v Jenna Glatzer, et al Author Advocate Legal Defense Fund. (as you can see, I hope that using a link to the site with the name of the case will help getting it into more searches - but I know I'd have to do that a lot to get any traction).

If you have any ideas for publicizing the fund, please let me know!

6 comments:

R.J. Keller said...

You did a good job of it by posting this entry. I was doing a blog search and found it straight away. Thanks!!

Dawno said...

Wow! I will have to keep it up then! Thank you so much for the comment affirmation!

Dawno said...

that comment above had way too many exclamation marks...my apologies :-)

Alby said...

My only suggestion would be perhaps a submission on Digg, Reddit, Mixx, or anything else of the sort.

It would possibly bring a lot of attention, quickly.

I would do it myself, but I honestly don't really understand what's going on.

Dawno said...

Alby, I think that's a great idea, I'm just not sure how well received it would be if I was plugging my own site...probably be better if someone else did. I might still go through with it, will have to learn more.

Anonymous said...

How would you get the word out if it were about your book? A press release? You'd notify bloggers and publishers that have high reader volume like Gawker, Galley Cat, and Publisher's Lunch. You might ask some of the better known blogging agents for help,people like Kristin Nelson, Jessica Faust, Janet Reid, Nathan Bransford, Jennifer Jackson, Jonathan Lyons, Evil Editor, and so on. Even if they didn't, or couldn't, for legal reasons, add a link in their next daily post, they might not mind if you left one in comments. It never hurts to ask. Remember how we all got together to help Patry Francis? Organize a blog tour. Get out there and be seen and heard. Faint heart never won a fair amount of money, and I can tell you for fact that's what is needed. Would any one of your readers like to mortgage their home for the cause? That's what some of the defendants are being asked to do to pay their lawyers. And have you calculated the number of lawyers involved? Everyone is gung ho to jump on the Babs Bandwagon, but in all honesty, they have no idea at all exactly how much this is costing the defendants. The case is what's commonly known as a SLAAP suit -- litigation intended to intimidate and silence critics or opponents by burdening them with the enormous cost of a legal defense so that they abandon their criticism or opposition.