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Ariadne
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Review book surprise

Post by Ariadne » Tue February 8th, 2011, 12:40 am

Sometimes review copies arrive with little freebies from publicity departments - pens, postcards, bookmarks, stuff like that. Today I opened a jiffy bag with a review book and found a wrapped condom tucked inside. The accompanying letter said it was meant to "get me excited" about the novel. It did make the book memorable, but not really in a good way. From now on I'm going to wait until I'm back in my office before opening my mail.

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Post by Tanzanite » Tue February 8th, 2011, 1:07 am

that's just weird...

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Post by Misfit » Tue February 8th, 2011, 1:19 am

[quote=""Tanzanite""]that's just weird...[/quote]

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Post by Ariadne » Tue February 8th, 2011, 1:21 am

Religious fiction, too, with a lot of bible quotes. I think the publicity firm messed up big time.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue February 8th, 2011, 3:01 am

Are you kidding me? I'd report it to the publisher. If it isn't erotica, someone at the PR firm is trying to sabotage the book.

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Post by LoveHistory » Tue February 8th, 2011, 3:49 am

Yeah that sounds like a major goof.

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Post by Ariadne » Tue February 8th, 2011, 4:33 am

Yeah, I don't know what they were thinking. It's from a publicity firm but not one I've worked with before. My name's on a bunch of general reviewer mailing lists, and this type of book isn't anything I'd review anyway (religious chick lit) so none of it makes any sense.

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Post by Vanessa » Tue February 8th, 2011, 9:28 am

That seems very odd! :eek: I had to laugh but I'm sure a lot of people would not appreciate receiving something like that. A bar of chocolate, yes..........
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Post by Ash » Tue February 8th, 2011, 1:24 pm

I did laugh, and wonder if someone is playing a practicial joke. But yeah, lots of people would be offended by that. I'd let the publisher know.

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Post by wendy » Tue February 8th, 2011, 2:09 pm

[quote=""Ariadne""]Sometimes review copies arrive with little freebies from publicity departments - pens, postcards, bookmarks, stuff like that. Today I opened a jiffy bag with a review book and found a wrapped condom tucked inside. The accompanying letter said it was meant to "get me excited" about the novel. It did make the book memorable, but not really in a good way. From now on I'm going to wait until I'm back in my office before opening my mail.[/quote]

That is SO tacky! Now if they'd sent an accompanying bottle of champagne . . . . :)
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