Maine author Hannah Holmes, whose natural history of humans, The Well-Dressed Ape (Random House), I reviewed last month, has started a new viral campaign to help market her book. The first installment of her effort is this video, which I've embedded here:
But I'll also share with you her note introducing the video, both to give you a sense of Hannah herself, and a sense of the book world as it stands today. (She refers to a future installment; I'll post that when it comes out.)
My Dearest Friend, Neighbor, Husband, Colleague, Relative, or Casual Acquaintance,
In a following e.mail you will receive a link for a video on YouTube.
If you could make sure everyone you've ever met sees it, that would be
a big help to me.
We -- I, my husband, my publisher, everyone who cares about my new book
THE WELL DRESSED APE -- are attempting to launch a "viral video."
Strangely, this is how books are marketed today.
Another installment will be forthcoming around St. Patrick's Day. About drunkenness.
PS: New York Times on Thursday. HOME section.
With gratitude and a fair amount of embarassment,