Now that’s more like it. After a busy week marketing our book, we were pleased to come across this article about Pauly D. of MTV’s Jersey Shore fame getting his own t-shirt line. It makes perfect sense to us since Pauly D. knows t-shirts and wears them well, not that his t-shirt style is the same as ours (we prefer ones that cover our stomachs, not show them off). What doesn’t make sense, however, is that his pint-sized, pistol roommate Nicole, aka Snooki, has joined the ranks of the writing community with her new breakthrough book, A Shore Thing. While we’re the first to admit that any idiot can write a book (case in point, we’ve written two), we find it hard to believe Snooki could pull this off. It’s not like we’ve ever seen her in the same room with a piece of paper, except maybe an arrest warrant.
What bothers us more is that Snooki’s book is prominently displayed in bookstores , while we have been know to resort to tactics like parading around in sandwich boards to sell ours.( “Gene, can I take it off now? It’s 98 degrees out.”) We know publishers like authors who have a platform (a following) and Snooki certainly has that with a weekly TV show and a full lineup of platform shoes too. But we just feel compelled to ask if Snooki’s book is making the world better in any way, except maybe to show young people the effects of drinking too much.
Over the years, we’ve met hundreds of wonderful writers with beautiful stories who simply can’t get their books published traditionally. It’s a shame since many of these books can actually help or educate others. But unless these authors started behaving badly, or take part in hair-raising marketing efforts, such as wearing Bump-Its, their books may never make it in bookstores. It’s s shame.
Have you thought about writing a book?