The Favor - I need you to talk on camera purdy pleeez

Okay, so here's the deal:

So far, there've been some sales meetings at Penguin where they've discussed my book and read my stories to the sales guys, and so far, it's met with some great response. There's good buzz inside the publisher about what I'm doing and how it's being done.

Penguin is having their next big great sales meeting in a few weeks (I'm not sure of the date yet, just that it's in "the next few weeks"), where they'll be discussing my book and how to market it and why the sales people should even bother getting book sellers to sell my silly book. All that goo.

One of the things they're doing is showing video of the various authors who will be in the Fall 2009 catalog, explaining who they are, what they do, how their books came together, etc. And I have some footage from some of my book signings and readings, but I thought it'd be kinda cool to have little video vignettes with actual readers talking about the book, why they liked it (if they liked it), how they found MI, why they joined up, etcetera. My book is, above all else, a book that you the reader made. And I think that it'd be ten times more valuable to the Penguin sales folks to hear what YOU think instead of what I think you think.

So, basically, the favor is this: If you have a webcam, camcorder, video camera, digital camera, or any device that will record video, record yourself talking about one, several, or all of the following things:

a) what do you like most about my book? (any aspect - how it was made and edited, how it came from the internet, the stories, the font... anything)
b) what brought you to MI?
c) why did you stick around?
d) what about my stories appealed to you?
e) what's your favorite story?
f) why did you buy a book when it was free on the internet?
g) why are you excited about the new book coming out through Penguin?
h) anything else that comes to mind when you think of me, my books or my stories

NOTE: if you're not a member of the site, that's ok - skip the community and site parts, and talk about the book. If you never bought a book but read all the stories on the site or Google Books, great - that's excellent to illustrate how the internet made the book happen. Any and all of these points need discussion, and you don't have to have something to say about all of them to help me out. Even if all you talk about is the Wal-mart story, that's fine by me.

The settings for your shot can be anywhere - your room, your office, in front of Wal-mart, whatever. You can talk as little or as long as you want. You can do multiple takes if you stumble, or if you want to say something several ways just to see how it sounds. You can have your copy of your book in the shot, or wear your MI shirt (or don't have either, just be natural). All of this is fair game. There is no right, wrong or stupid response - ANYTHING YOU SAY IS USEFUL!!!! And unless you object after-the-fact, I guarantee you that if you send me footage, it WILL be used in some way or form.

The most important part of this whole thing is that you're letting this big major publisher with big major authors know why this guy you've chosen to read is worth reading. No matter what you say, I won't let you look silly or dumb. You don't need to worry about editing any footage, or saying anything in a certain amount of time. I'm going to edit this thing up to make (hopefully) three minutes of footage - and the more you say, the more choices I have to pull from when I make the final cut.

As far as delivery of the footage - don't worry about that right now. We'll figure it out. If you need to upload it, I'll help you figure that out, and if you need to mail it to me on physical cassette, i'll reimburse for the cassette and the postage. I'll help anyway I can.

So if you can help me out with a few seconds of blabbing about my book, my stories or me in general, email me and let me know. No hard committments, no expectations. Just let me know if you'd like to help me out. And if you happen to have footage from a reading or book signing that I wasn't aware of, make me aware of it and I'll gladly accept it :)

DEADLINE: Because I only know that this is happening "in a few weeks" I'd like to get these submissions ASAP, but I'd say within the next 7 - 10 days would be good (Thanks for asking, Jathm).

And thank you very, very much, both for your help and for all your support all these years.