Sunday, January 6, 2008

Have a Blog? Want to Help a Fellow Author?

If you have a blog and would like to help fellow writer Patry Francis fulfill a lifelong dream, please help us support her by mentioning her in your blog and encouraging readers to buy her book, THE LIAR'S DIARY on January 29th.

Patry was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in November and does not have the energy to promote the launch of the paperback version of her book on January 29th.

You can preorder her book from right now or buy it from your favorite bookstore on the 29th. I've already ordered mine from Amazon.

I know Patry Francis only through emails, but she is a wonderful, warm, and sincere person. You can read an interview I did with her on her writing at the Backspace website.

I also included this blog post reprinted here with permission from Backspace, the Writer's Place.

Patry Francis is a talented author and lovely person whose debut suspense novel THE LIAR'S DIARY came out last spring in hardcover from Dutton. The trade paper release is January 29th, but a few weeks ago, Patry was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. She's had several surgeries, and her prognosis is good, but given that Patry won't have much energy for promoting, a number of bloggers are banding together to do it for her.

"THE LIAR'S DIARY Blog Day" is going to be held January 29th. Folks who wish to participate are asked to mention the book on their blog that day and link to Patry's website ( and the book's purchase page on Amazon. You can do a liars themed blog, review the book, sponsor a contest, or anything else you think might help Patry get some much-deserved notice. Bloggers are also asked to
encourage their readers to buy one/buy one for a friend between January 29th and Feb 1.

Brilliance audio is putting together a special audio clip that bloggers can use, and Circle of Seven productions is making a "cover story" promo video, which will also be available to bloggers. And Susan Henderson, of LitPark, says if you like, you can come to her blog on the 29th and copy what she writes.

Just to give you a very small idea of what you'll see on the 29th, here are the folks who have already stepped forward to help: Laura Benedict, who came up with the idea. Patry's editor at Dutton, Julie Doughty. Her agent at the Jean Naggar Literary Agency, Alice Tasman.
Her publicis
t, Laurie Connors, Eileen Hutton at Brilliance Audio, Jessica Brilliant Keener, The brilliant Susan Henderson, Tish Cohen, Dan Conaway from Writers House, Sheila Clover English, CEO of Circle of Seven Productions, Jeff Kleinman at Folio Literary Management, Robin Slick from In Her Own Write, Ellen Meister, Bella Stander, M.J. Rose, Robin Grantham, Kamela Cody of, Kathryn Esplin at, Clair Lamb at her Answer Girl blog, Sarah Weinman at Confessions of An Idiosyncratic Mind, Hank Ryan from JungleRedWriters, Sisters In Crime, Raven Bower, CJ Lyons, Jordan Dane, Murderati, Jen Jordan at Crimespree, Richard Lewis, Gail Baker and The Debutante Ball, Eileen Cook, Kelli Stanley, Davi Thayer, Amy Nathan, Karin Gillespie, Melanie Lynn Hauser, Amy MacKinnon, Anthony S. Policastro, Carolyn Burns Bass. And you, too, right?

A list of bloggers who plan to participate will be sent to Patry's publisher in a few days. If you'd like to be included, please send your name, the name of your blog, and how many hits per day/week/month your blog gets (if you have those stats, and if you're comfortable sharing them) to me, Karen Dionne, as soon as possible. ( Patry's publisher is aware of our efforts, and excited about the prospect of working with us to make this blog day a success.

Meanwhile, you can read Patry's unsentimental and inspiring account of how she's dealing with this setback onher own blog, "Simply Wait."

Equally inspiring is watching the writing community rally around one of their own. Our cumulative efforts can make a difference! Feel free to copy this post and share it around to help spread the word, and on behalf of Patry, THANKS.