A new take on a familiar concept has been circulating in the blogosphere recently. It’s a variation of the Pay it Forward idea of a few years ago. This one’s called Post, Pimp Promote, and it started in March with a post by writer Chuck Wendig, who invited visitors to promote their work along with that of someone else.
1. PIMP: Share a link to a blog post, book or other venture you’re stoked about.
2. PROMOTE: Share a link to a pal’s post, book or other work you think ROCKS.
3. MINGLE: Have fun checking out others’ links, while the rest of the partygoers enjoy yours. Feel free to pop by later or over the next few days to catch links of the fashionably late.
I love the idea, and plan on including at least one pimp in my blog each week. However we promote the work of a writing friend or just someone whose writing we admire, this is worth taking some time. Remember, there are very few ways writers get promoted these days. The media ignore us, and even most publishers do little in the way of PR.
If we don’t pimp each other, it won’t get done.
Here’s this week’s pimps:
Fellow reviewer Daniel Wallace has an essay/review on Fiction Writers Review that discusses Brian Kiteley’s The 3 A.M. Epiphany and examines creative writing philosophies and pedagogies in general. An excellent read. Here is Daniel’s blog post, and here is the essay.
Next up is a new chapbook of poetry by Thom Dawkins. The Los Angeles Review’s Anne Shaw says of After Alluvium, “Dawkins rejects hipster irony in favor of a nuanced consideration of our histories: literary, ecological, spiritual and human.” This slim volume is handmade by Three Sheets Press.