View Full Version : Ever been embarrassed by publishers marketing departments?

03-07-2008, 10:57 PM
I thought I was thick skinned, but the amount of gushing in this "puff" piece about my story was over the top, even for me :)

"Willie Meikle’s signature tempo has kept chins glued and shivering on the horror derby rail for more than a decade, with even his grittiest readers always longing for the safety of the finish line, fans that are guaranteed left feeling the welts of Willie’s literary whip for days thereafter."

Now, I understand it's a horse racing analogy... but trust me, there are no horses anywhere in the story.... :)

It goes on...

"When I finished reading “From Between,” I sensed beside me sitting in the shadows Edgar Allan Poe—not as a writer but as a fan"

Please ... no! Too much already!

There's more, but I won't inflict it on you :)


Anybody else been embarrassed by an over zealous marketing dept?

03-07-2008, 11:00 PM
I'd suspect the writer of that last piece of having designs on your body.

03-07-2008, 11:07 PM
That must have cost you a bundle. ;)

I've been embarrassed like that before, but not for my writing. Not yet, anyhow. Feels good, even though you know they really shouldn't have. Adore me...no, it's too much, I can't stand it...okay, just a little more.

Sheryl Nantus
03-07-2008, 11:13 PM

I should BE so lucky...

besides, it makes you sound like quite the kinky one...


03-07-2008, 11:19 PM
Feel the welt of my literary whip! :)

Soccer Mom
03-08-2008, 12:41 AM
:whip: Oh my. Someone was in the sauce that day. Not that I don't think you're wonderful, but you gotta love the hyperbole. You naughty whip you.

03-08-2008, 01:00 AM
I have yet to have a marketing department embarrass me (because I've never published anything), but if I ever do, I'll preempt with, "no whips please."

03-08-2008, 01:10 AM
Willie, I've read your work since Kimota and you're good ....but that is over the top

03-08-2008, 01:38 AM
Ahh... Kimota. That was a great little zine.

God, I miss the old days.... huge quantities of brown envelopes, daisy-wheel printers that lost the "t" every 12 pages, and a small fortune in postage every year in submissions

There used to be hundreds of UK small press zines... most sadly gone by the wayside since the dawn of the internet. But at least Murky Depths and Ballista are carrying on the tradition... :)


03-08-2008, 05:39 PM
And Midnight Street - run by a mate of mine