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July 01, 2008

It's Official: I'm A Genius

From the Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicist Blog:

Reason #127 why Michael Ian Black is a genius   

                    

When it comes to book publicity, comedian Michael Ian Black is exhibiting an edgy brilliance in an industry that often depends on book reviews and expert sourcing for pre-pub exposure. 

His new book, My Custom Van: And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays that Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face (Simon Spotlight Entertainment), hits the shelves July 15, and already the internet is abuzz—not exactly about the book itself, but about Black’s so-called “feud” with fellow nonfiction writer David Sedaris. (You might have heard of him.) 

Setting out to knock the popular literary personality off his bestseller high horse, Black states on his blog: 

“Am I attempting to start a literary feud with David Sedaris with the feeble hope that the resultant publicity will increase sales of my book? Yes.” 

Not one to settle for just any nonexistent, inappropriate author standoff, Black recently launched a contest for blog readers to turn Sedaris into a supervillan, and he even provides simple tips for casually putting down Sedaris at your next social event. 

The Black-Sedaris feud is becoming an internet sensation for the in-the-know literary crowd, garnering top media for My Custom Van, such as Galleycat and Gawker. Now, I’m not advocating new authors out there to start a feud with John Grisham, or anything—but the next time you’re looking to increase your book’s web presence and overall buzz, you might take a page from Black’s humorous and innovative approach to self-promotion.

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Selena

Well done, Black. Well done.

Lauren

Well of course you are, dear.

Reen

Uh hello? Man. No one ever listens to me. Like I told you that like a long time ago. Yes? I'm like right, all the time, and no one ever listens to me. It's like they cover their ears "Lah Lah Lah Lah can't hear you stupid lady, can't hear you stupid lady." Then it's always: "Get your hand off my knee."

Congrats Mr. Smarty Panties. (Panties? Iw?)

Susanna

Genius is as genius does...and all that jazz. Bravo!

Therese

Congratulations. Now, please list reasons 1 thru 126...

Camille

Not only a genius,but a humble one at that.

And Renee, I listen to you now(especially after that "should I or shouldn't I get bangs incident).

Mike

Hey, where can I find that blog?

Karen

Here it is:

www.phenixpublicity.blogspot.com

Hmph.

I'm bored.

More is what I need.

Tam the Adm

You make me wanna lala

nerd rage blackout

I wonder if you're going to start selling Vitamin Water now. If you could choose a flavor of Vitamin Water (You can't choose pink because Kelly Clarkson already chose that) what flavor would yours be? Mine would be baseball.

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