Thursday, April 19, 2007

I'm So Proud!

One of the attendees at my Book Promotion 101 workshop in DC last weekend was Barbara Oakley, author of EVIL GENES: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed and My Sister Stole My Mother’s Boyfriend (Prometheus Books, coming in Oct). We suggested that, since there's an unending supply of evil acts, she'll never run out of subjects for a blog or newspaper opinion pieces.

Little did we know that a horrific event would occur just two days later. As soon as I heard the news about the Virginia Tech shootings, I told Barbara to write a piece immediately. She did, her Prometheus publicist gave her contact info for the NY Times, and look what was in today's paper: The Killer in the Lecture Hall. Horrible that there was such enormous evil for her to comment on right away, but fantastic that she did it.

Barbara's been inundated with emails all day: comments from readers, offers to review the book and write about it in magazines, an invitation to speak later this week, and interest from the UK for a documentary. Heady stuff!


Barbara said...

This is Barb Oakley--I can vouch first hand for the fact that Bella's workshop is just incredible! A whole new world of opportunity has shown up as a result of her guidance. Thanks, Bella--I couldn't have done it without you!

your friend in Blacksburg said...

Jesus, Bella.