April 11, 2006

Today, Gawker. Tomorrow, Stereogum.

What do you do if you can't afford a book tour? Answer: you do it on the internet:


New York media maven and mp3 blogger Andy Krucoff has organized this kind of "virtual book tour" for the week of King Dork's release. He calls it the "Litzkrieg Bop Blog Book Tour," and the idea is to mimic what it might be like if I actually were coming to your town to help you party down and so forth. Each a day, a different blog will feature an mp3 of me reading a chunk of the book; a song; and a Q & A or other type of hastily thrown-together content. He even made a little trailer to advertise the whole thing. It is almost just like real life, except fuzzier and less expensive.

Day one (Monday) is at Gawker, featuring the song "I Wanna Ramone You."

Tuesday: Stereogum.

Wednesday: Largehearted Boy

Thursday: Brooklyn Vegan.

Friday: JaneMag.com

Click, friend, and enter.

Posted by Dr. Frank at April 11, 2006 12:10 AM | TrackBack

Got my copy today at B&N...sweet-talked it out of the back room.

Posted by: MM at April 11, 2006 01:15 AM

Mmm... Krucoff. He's delicious and blogarific. Tell him well done. And congratulations on the books.

Posted by: The Bot at April 11, 2006 01:54 AM

Frank, just ordered a copy of King Dork from Amazon (along with a CD of Desolation Blvd. for good measure). Paula and I are gonna try to make it to Cato's, if we can we can work out the child care thing.

Posted by: Aaron at April 11, 2006 02:03 AM

This e-book tour thing is a great idea. Looking forward to it. Also looking for to King Dork in the mail sometime this week. Amazon told me it just shipped. WORD!

Posted by: David at April 11, 2006 03:10 AM

How does it happen that officially the book's not released till tomorrow and I see that everyone had to pre-order while meanwhile I already bought & read the book this weekend for $8.50 from the "used young adult" section of whatever that bookstore's called on Solano? Dumb luck I guess. Or booky people selling their promo copies? Tsk tsk.

Anyway, my real wonder..ment is, the songs.. Ok will there be a separate CD, like an EP released of Chi-Mo's songs? Or does it only come packaged if you buy the book new? Or will we be able to buy it directly with Paypal like 8 Little Songs? I'd totally do that. Also, I could pay a little extra tip type deal cuz I feel bad about the whole buying the book used thing. But I mean, when I saw it there, I wasn't *not* gonna buy it! (they still have the other copy last I checked)

Great book BTW

Posted by: already finished at April 11, 2006 04:13 AM

i pre-ordered mine months ago, better get that shipped email soon!

Posted by: Catherine at April 11, 2006 06:21 AM

super excited for you dr. frank! i will be stopping by barnes and noble after work tomorrow! what a long way you have come my dear left coast friend!! you'll always have a fan in tulsa oklahoma.

luke black.

Posted by: luke black at April 11, 2006 06:25 AM

Wow, Gawker. Cangratulations, that seems like a pretty big deal. If they can only get you some product placement on the OC.

Mine ships on the 15th.

Posted by: josh at April 11, 2006 01:42 PM

Boy, Frank, you really know how to use the internets. Good luck on the big day. If Cato's weren't 3,000 miles west, I'd buy you a beer.

Posted by: Paul MacDonald at April 11, 2006 01:57 PM

I got notification from Amazon that my copy was shipped yesterday. Hee!

Frank, perhaps there could be a virtual book signing. You could post a few different inscriptions with a signature. Then we could print our favorite and stick them in the front of the book.

Taking that idea to the next (and just a little creepy) level, if you posted a generic photo of yourself sitting behind a table with a copy of your book, a fan could photoshop themselves in.

Posted by: Lisa at April 11, 2006 03:51 PM

Got a copy from Random House 'cause I'm big time and I'm half way through it. Good stuff. Tell Krucoff he better have my money.

Posted by: sac at April 11, 2006 04:19 PM

After a recent episode trying to buy another book from the YA Section at B&N, I ordered King Dork from Amazon. No hassles. I'm looking forward to listening in to the e-book tour next week. Keep rockin'.

Posted by: DJ Cayenne at April 11, 2006 05:11 PM

How the information economy has made many difficult things easy, and how these are the best of times to be alive.

Posted by: Tester at April 11, 2006 06:09 PM

How the information economy has made many difficult things easy, and how these are the best of times to be alive.


Posted by: Tester at April 11, 2006 06:11 PM

Would you believe I got the last copy at the area bookstore after work today? Seems like you're doing all right in my neck of the woods.

Posted by: Rich at April 12, 2006 02:04 AM

I have to point out that no one else mentioned the Lord of the Rings reference. Does this make me a dork?

(This would have been better with italics, damnit.)

Posted by: Gary Farber at April 16, 2006 02:08 PM