Perhaps I’ve been too influenced by politics, but I think its time to Occupy Books & Things.
The LDS mailing catalog Books & Things has announced a May “LDS Author/Artist Contest” in which visitors to their Facebook page can “vote” for their favorite author. The favorite author will then win a 1/4 page ad in the Fall issue of their catalog.
What would happen if the winner was someone that they don’t normally carry in their catalog? Someone that they don’t think is “right” for their audience?
Anyone want to play a little mischief?
Here is the text of their facebook post:
LDS AUTHOR/ARTIST CONTEST
Step 2: Find your favorite Author/Artist’s name in the Comments and “Like” their comment.
Step 3: Tell your friends to vote too!
So far the contest has drawn only 42 comments — it should be easy to get enough votes to overwhelm the others. And since the Facebook page only has 255 likes total, they may not attract that many votes in total. The only requirement for this to work is that everyone trying to do this must “like” the same author.
Off the top of my head I suggest Doug Thayer. He’s different enough that Books & Thinks wouldn’t consider him right for their audience, but very acceptable and fairly popular. He is a BYU professor, and probably would fit the “appropriate” criteria of most Mormons.
The contest is located here — https://www.facebook.com/ldsbooksandthings/timeline/story?ut=32&wstart=1335855600&wend=1338533999&hash=166714840122525&pagefilter=3&ustart=1
Of course, you’re welcome to suggest someone else for this honor. We just have to get everyone to agree.
I’d love to see how Books & Things would react if someone like Thayer won! Would they follow through? Would they acquire his books?
Of course, I must admit that this is just a tongue-in-cheek suggestion, a way of poking fun at the traditional, closed part of the LDS market…
…or should it be?