From author Brandilyn Collins:
Here’s a new twist on the old adage “Any publicity is good publicity.” A week ago a crazy thing happened. Within 24 hours of hitting Amazon with an updated CreateSpace version, Kerry Nietz’s indie novel Amish Vampires in Space found itself in the hands of Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show.
Did I mention it was on Fallon’s “Do Not Read This Book” list?
Other books on the list included a napkin-folding title, a self-defense how-to, and a cookbook. BO-RING. They garnered some laughs, but the audience roared at Nietz’s novel. Fallon held up the book—with its cover of a bonnet-clad female vampire sporting long red nails—and deadpanned, “Just what we need. Another Amish-vampires-in-space book.”
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In October of last year AVIS was released from Marcher Lord Press, a small publishing house for speculative fiction with a Christian worldview.
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Then in December Marcher Lord Press was sold, and the new owner did not want AVIS in the lineup. So Nietz scrambled to self-publish the novel.
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In early March, a proofer friend of Nietz alerted him to a few typos in the book. Nietz made the fixes but struggled for a week to get the manuscript through CreateSpace. Meanwhile Amazon took the paper version out of print. The night after the new CreateSpace version went live, Amish Vampires in Space was on The Tonight Show. Which was followed, according to Nietz, by a “dozens of tweets (in seven different languages and countries), and calls and emails from Hollywood types.”
Link to the rest at Brandilyn Collins and thanks to Lynette for the tip.
PG says nobody will ever forget the title.