I’m gonna Pimp Your Books. Mrs. W.

An early twenty year old man who is a friend of mine’s son, who is in college but just came home for the summer said to me,  ” My brothas and sistas loves da way you gots da story going. It’s real. Ain’t none o’ dat phoney sh*t. My fam loves this. This is tight.  I’m gonna help you pimp your books. Mrs. W.”

All I should do was stare at him for I’ve never been good with slang. I stared a few seconds before asking him to clarify himself. Exactly what does he plan to do with my book? I mean I can’t dictate what someone does with it once they buy it. But I had no idea what pimping a book meant. He laughed and said. “My friends at school loved it. We put up flyers for you in the UCLA Student Civic Center billboard.”

His mother swatted at him and said, “Why didn’t you say that to begin with? You had Alma thinking you and your group intended to do something horrible to her books.”

He argued that why couldn’t authors be allowed to say how great their work is. Everyone else does it. Every commercial on television or internet where a product is being sold, the seller and manufacturer is speaking of how great it is. But no one says anything but the moment an author say their book is good the backlash is they are tooting their own horn. He asked how will anyone know how good it is if you aren’t allowed to tell them. He explained in this fast moving age you only get five seconds to get someone attention.

I then had to ask him what caught him and his friends’ attentions?

He said that spooky black cover with the last of the daylight filtering through the  trees . Everyone have imagined what if your car breaks down on  a lone back road like that and it’s almost dark. What kind of weirdo might come alone or be on those back roads.

 I had never thought of marketing as ‘pimping’ but in a way I guess it is. And I admit, he had a point. How will anyone know if you aren’t allowed to tell them?




About unholypursuit

A. White, a former librarian who is also long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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3 Responses to I’m gonna Pimp Your Books. Mrs. W.

  1. unholypursuit says:

    Thanks everyone for their likes and visits. 🙂


  2. Alisha says:

    The man has a point. I mean, like he said. How else will anyone know how great it is if you don’t tell them? A reviewer with the best intentions can not tell the story as the author can. No one can. Which is why I think authors could be allowed to ‘pimp’ their books. Who else knows the work better?

    On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 8:35 AM, The Novel: UnHoly Pursuit: Devil on my Tra


    • I agree, that no one will know about your book if you don’t tell them. Offline is a different agenda and a useful agenda in marketing. Sure, you have to actually talk to people and tell them your story. Many will ask questions about it. I find that offline you can tell others about your work and no one views it as you tooting your own horn. I started offline is where I first started marketing and is now having catch up online. I think it depends on the audience you encounter. The offline crowds see you face to face. The online crowd doesn’t so they have to rely on the words of others.


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