#ComedyBookWeek is coming – do you want to participate or help?

Marketing funny is hard. If you are a humor writer, you will know exactly what I’m talking about. If you are a humor consumer – it may come as a surprise.

Before I started trying to market my books, I naively assumed that funny should almost sell itself – after all, the biggest blockbusters are usually comedies, and isn’t it a natural for the word of mouth? When it comes to books, however, humor is a tiny category, dominated by autobiographies of famous comedians. In fact, most ebook marketing sites don’t even have a mailing list for it, so I’ve had to slot Shizzle, In into Action&Adventure or YA with mixed results.

I was reminded once again of how few comedy writers are out there when I joined KBoards and saw the invitations for author cross-promotion. They were all either for fantasy, paranormal, or romance. Or the combination of the three. That makes sense, of course – those are the largest categories of ebooks on Amazon. I was sad for all of three minutes, and then I did what I tend to – take some initiative.

I decided to start a humor/chicklit cross-promo. I was a little nervous at first – after all, I’ve been a member for all of five minutes, but the response has been overwhelming – so far a total of 24 authors have signed up! Not only that, one of them made a banner for the event, so we are all legit now:

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So what is planned? At the moment, the main emphasis is on gathering numbers, and starting to promote #ComedyBookWeek as an event designed to help readers discover new Indie humor authors. All funny books are welcome, by the way – chick lit, satire, whatever, as long as it makes people laugh.

The rough plan at the moment is that during the event week, participants will post blogs with links to participating books, post interviews, guest blogs, tweets, and whatever else they usually do with their social media platforms. The aim will be to generate buzz with the hashtag #ComedyBookWeek, to help people connect and find new funny reads. We also plan to approach book reviewers and maybe some outrageous ideas as well – suggestions are welcome!

If you want to participate by submitting your book or by offering to host an interview or review, please let me know, or join us on KBoards!

 

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59 responses to “#ComedyBookWeek is coming – do you want to participate or help?

  1. Wow!! Way to go girl! This really looks amazing. Best wishes for the event.

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    • P.S. If there is some place where you think I could be of help, count me in! ☺

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      • Thank you, Syeda! Would be great if you wanted to post on your blog something about it before or during the event – either an article about humor books in general, a post with links to books, an interview with one or more authors, or a review. If not, reblogging or retweeting of tweets with #ComedyBookWeek would be awesome. Thank you again!

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      • Of course I would love to do that! I’ll be following the event closely at your site. Let’s do it! 😊

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  2. Too bad I only do blog humor. If I wrote a book, I would join the group!

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  3. My book, Naked Alliances, won’t be out before the scheduled dates. It’s a crime thriller with a humorous edge. Not a comedy caper, but just enough humor to make it mildly amusing. Murder is easy, humor is hard. If I was a comedian, I’d likely post funny stuff on my blog to keep folk laughing and interested…but as you say, marketing funny is hard.

    Count me in!!! I’d like to help ANY way I can to promote authors on the fringe. I’d also like to connect with authors experiencing the same struggles, so anyone like-minded individuals out here, please drop me a line. sknicholls1@gmail.com

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  4. oops..this was supposed to go on the reblog, please feel free to delete.

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  5. Reblogged this on S.K. Nicholls and commented:
    Ana Spoke has a great event coming up for humor authors and it doesn’t matter which genre you write. Please give a read and see how you can help.

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  6. It sounds great. I’ll see what I can do.

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  7. I’d like to help out, if I can. I’m a humor writer/poet, with a few books in the pipeline but nothing available as yet – am just starting to experience some of these problems too! Let me know 🙂

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  8. That sounds great! Good for you for taking the intuitive 🙂 I can’t wait to hear/see how it goes!

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  9. ktomsovic

    This sounds great. Humor features prominently in my romances and I’d love to join forces with other authors. Will have to check it out. Ana, you’re an idea machine!

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  10. This sounds like a fantastic idea and I’d LOVE to participate. I write humorous urban fantasy (plus one humorous travel memoir). I can host on my humor/bookreview blog [https://barbtaub.com/], plus provide giveaways, or guest posts.

    I’m in!

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  11. Always happy to help. I like funny interviews.

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  12. Hi, great idea the comedy week. I’ve just started reading Shizzle Inc. Would you want me to post my review during that week or anything else I can do? I’m trying to get more involved with writers and blog tours, weeks, etc.

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  13. Sounds like fun.Would love to participate in any way I can.

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    • Thank you Lauren – let me know what you’d like to do – nominate a book of yours, host a post or interview, review one of the books on offer, or just share hashtag tweets during the week. All would be greatly appreciated!

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  14. Hi Ana
    We recently became Twitter ‘friends’ and I’m a new writer of romantic comedy. I’d love to be part of the promo week – please count me in!
    Rosa
    @RosaT_Author
    Rosa Temple writes…

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  15. I’d love to be involved if possible? I’ve a romantic comedy book out where I hope the balance between romance and comedy is precisely equal! Is called ‘It Started With A Snub. If it’s too late then no worries, I’ll definitely help promote, the world needs to laugh more!!!:)

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  16. This sounds like a blast! I write humorous sci-fi, as well as cozy mysteries, and I’d love to get involved.

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    • That’s great! Please send me your details and I will add you to the list of participating authors. If you want to host a sales page, review, or interview, please let me know, and I will add you to the calendar of events, too.

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      • Ooh, would a sales page list the books on sale for the week? I could definitely host an interview or two, as well! This sounds like it will be a great week. It’s a fantastic idea.

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      • Yes, the Dropbox spreadsheet has links to all participating books to date. Anybody is welcome to post the links to any or all of the books on their website. I will be listing them all for the duration of the week.

        You can also choose any author on that list and approach them via their social media for a free review copy or interview. If you have one planned, please let me know, and I will add it to the Calendar of Events.

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      • Great! I will check it out.

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  17. Reblogged this on happymeerkatreviews and commented:
    I’ll be taking part in #ComedyBookWeek posting some reviews of funny books! Indie authors of comedy and book bloggers are needed! Please take a look and get involved if you can, it should be a great week!

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  18. Hey, been off KBoards for a while and missed this.
    This is right up my alley. How can I get added to the list? Are there logos to tweet and post?

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  19. Am I too late to enter as an author? This sounds awesome!

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  20. Great job at taking some initiative! Sounds like there are a lot of people who needed this and you are the one getting the ball rolling.

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