Molly Kay

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Mother of boys on the autism spectrum and a daughter who isn't. Interested in natural living, permaculture, music, history, books, and all kinds of other things.
Wisconsin, Zone 4b
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Ah, I see. I know someone in town who gardens in the strip between the sidewalk and the street and my brain automatically went to that.

So glad this thread is exactly what I expected. :)  Seeing these lovely mugs makes me realize that I should get a new one. My favorite was broken a few years ago, and I have yet to replace it.
3 months ago
I love that, Pearl!

We don't have sidewalks here, so no strip gardening for me. As to putting something out closer to the road with a "help yourselves" or "Yes, you may" sign, I'd have to check with the village and see if it's allowed.
I like the idea of the dandelion leaves, but the light bulb tends to get lost when it's scaled down, and the leaves make it seem kind of spread out. Not necessarily a problem. I'm just used to seeing compact logos.

I thought the light bulb looked good on its own (the most popular one was my pick as well).

Would it be possible to put something green growing inside the light bulb?

The cure for an ear worm (the term for a song that's stuck in your head) is to learn the whole song. That's they only way I've ever been able to get rid of them.

As to the new virus, my strategy is avoidance.
3 months ago
Hello Thomas. Food forests/forest gardens are one of my favorite aspects of permaculture and what brought me into it. I'll be happy to contribute, and wish you the best of luck with the fundraising.
3 months ago
Those sound like positive indications.

Some people just do better over the phone than email, or prefer that human interaction.

What I learned from Google is some basics that may or may not be helpful but did convince me that I personally am not ready for a publicist.

Here's what I distilled from an article about finding the perfect publicist.

1. References. Ask if you can see examples of some of their previous, successful work. Also ask about talking to former clients.

2. Ask about background and experience. Kind of ties into number 1 there.

3. Ask where they operate (local, regional, national, global) and how many people they employ.

4. Choose someone you trust. Apparently having a good working relationship with your publicist tends to produce better results. We all probably work better with people we like.

5. Be patient. There is no overnight success.

6. Understand that publicists do not sell products, they sell stories. Give them a story to sell (how the average person can help save the world, say) and they'll get you publicity. It's the story people are buying as much as the product anyway, and as corny as it sounds, this is selling hope in book form--not wishy-washy, we should all live in rainbows and ride unicorns hope, but dig in and get things done hope..the kind of hope that motivates, activates, and something else-ates because threes are good for rhythm.

7. Once you find your unicorn, er publicist, communicate. A lot. If you're both on the same page, you can work better and spot any problems sooner.

The top ten signs you shouldn't hire a publicist are fun, but I'm pretty sure they don't apply here. Here's the link anyway...

ETA: if I had anything permaculture-related or valuable to add to the deals, I'd be happy to help. Alas at present all I've got are Google skills, snark, and a fiction eBook that sells a copy occasionally.

3 months ago

paul wheaton wrote:Well, how do you shop for a publicist?  How do you find out which ones are good?  Are there amazon reviews?  

Good questions. Maybe start with ones in your state. Google their names with "complaints" next to it. Speaking of which, I'm going to Google "how to find a good publicist" and see what pops up.

3 months ago
Shopping around is definitely a good idea when that much money is in the discussion. If you've had good results in the past by going on gut instinct then think about how you felt about the conversation, and about the publicist you spoke with. Was your stomach feeling excited butterflies, or was it more like "get me off this roller coaster, we're all going to die!"? If instinct hasn't served well on this in the past, then that question of course will not help.

If you're going to sink that $9K or thereabouts, you need to be fairly confident that the publicist you hire is someone who gets your message at least well enough to help sell it convincingly. Someone who is just collecting a paycheck can still do great work, but they better understand the core concepts. Someone who is intrigued by the message and believes in the importance of getting the word out will (in theory) do even better.

There's no firsthand experience I can offer here, as I've never done well enough to be able to work with a publicist so far. But, I believe the right people are out there, and we just need to find the way or combination of ways to reach them.

By the way, my local librarian is on board. Didn't have time to talk much, but we're getting together hopefully next week so we'll go over things then, and in the meantime she has the title and author names. If I can get her excited about the book, she'll tell her friends including other librarians.

I'm reading the second edition of All New Square Foot Gardening, and Mr. Bartholomew's publicity seems to have started with getting opportunities through his job to talk about his book (he had written newspaper columns before), but it seems like the seed that really took off was when a local PBS station started filming him in his garden. An interview, even on radio, could be another angle for this. Random thought from an over-tired brain, but once in a while the brain works better when I'm not thinking so hard.
3 months ago
Apologies if someone else mentioned this up-thread and I missed it. How many of us have seen Little Free Libraries in towns near us?  I know there's one at every elementary school in our school district, one in a park, one at the village hall, and at least one at somebody's house. That's ten just in my small area. There may be more around that I just haven't taken the time to notice.

Thanks to my good friend, Google, I now know that anyone can donate a book to a Little Free Library. So those who can maybe buy a few extra copies could donate them to their local LFLs. That may not make a huge dent in the goal, but hopefully every reader counts. Maybe we shouldn't place them at the school locations, but any others should be fair game.

Here's a link, for those unfamiliar with the program.

3 months ago