Sunday, January 20, 2008


By Felicia Donovan

There’s no busier time in a writer’s life than when a book is released. Book launches include rounds of publicity events, media interviews, signings and readings. The demands of this endeavor are rigorous under the best of circumstances.

Fellow author Patry Francis is faced with an unfortunate situation that precludes her being able to do much publicity when her novel, THE LIAR’S DIARY, is released in paperback from Dutton on Jan. 29th. Just a few weeks ago, Patry was diagnosed with a progressive form of cancer. She's had several surgeries and her prognosis is good, but given that Patry won't have much energy for promoting, a number of bloggers are banding together to do it for her.

THE LIAR'S DIARY Blog Day is going to be held January 29th. Mark your calendars. Anyone who wishes to participate is asked to mention the book on their blog that day and link to Patry's website ( and the book's purchase page on Amazon, do a liars themed blog, review the book, sponsor a contest, or do anything else they think might help Patry get some much-deserved notice. Bloggers are also asked to encourage their readers to buy one and buy one for a friend between January 29th and Feb 1.

I’ve never met Patry in person but we’ve communicated several times via e-mail. Her warmth, strength, positive outlook and deep appreciation for all that is being done is heartfelt. Patry's blog, "Simply Wait, chronicles her recovery with grace, humor and dignity.

I invite all the readers and fellow authors to band together on Jan. 29th to make THE LIAR'S DIARY Blog Day a memorable one in publishing history.


Joanna Campbell Slan said...


Thanks for sharing with all of us how we can help Patry. I was one of the people who did signings for Elaine Viets, and although the goal was to sell Elaine's book, I got something out of it--I felt great! This can be a tough business, but when authors pull together, we get remarkable results. Let's also remember to keep Patry in our prayers.

Keith Raffel said...

Thanks, Felicia! Much appreciated.

Nina Wright said...

Felicia, thanks for reminding us not only of what we can do for Patry, but also of what we have to be thankful for: a worldwide community of spirited and generous writers.

G.M. Malliet said...

I can only add an amen. I'll look forward to reading the blog on the 29th.