Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Support a debut author

Today, January 29th, is the release date for the trade paperback edition of Patry Francis' debut novel The Liar's Diary. What makes this release different? Unlike most authors, Patry doesn't have the time, energy, or probably the money to market it herself. That's because she's undergoing treatment for an aggressive form cancer.

If I were dealing with this, I'd want my friends and acquaintances in the crime fiction community to come together for me too. Book promotion is hard enough as it is. To work so hard on a novel, to be trying to make a career in a business that's increasingly stacked against us, and then to have book sales jeopardized by something completely out of one's control.... So, even though I don't know Patry personally, I'd like to join 300+ other blogging writers to ask my readers to check out her book. It looks like a good one, going by the Publisher's Weekly review -
A case study in the explosive effects of extreme denial, Francis's debut relies completely on its very unreliable narrator, with mixed results.
- as well as the publisher's promotion:

A chilling tour of troubled minds, THE LIAR’S DIARY questions just how far you’ll go for your family and what dark truths you’d be willing to admit—even to

Also, watch The Liar's Diary book trailer here.

Good luck Patry!


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