All Weekend Look Book Bomb – The Revolution: A ManifestoSubmitted by Cornmeal Smithy on Sat, 05/03/2008 - 10:48
I got word from the campaign earlier today that approximately 20,000 copies of Ron Paul's new book, The Revolution: A Manifesto, have been sold so far! The book is still #1 on Amazon, and made its debut on the NYT best seller list at #7, which tracks the previous week. Publicity on all Ron Paul and other freedom loving sites has been tremendous which has no doubt led to this surge. Thank you all!!! As a result, the so-called "mainstream" media is now starting to pick up on our buzz. Let's really try to push sales over the weekend. A really big showing will lead to even more, and bigger, free publicity. Can you imagine interviews with Oprah or Larry King??!!!
Continue to Digg Ron Paul's official announcements, especially his new video, and official press release. If you haven't yet picked up a copy, buy one! And don't just buy one, check out fanofwalt's excellent suggestions on HOW to buy the book - linked here, and also reprinted below.
When you're in the bookstore, ask the salesperson if they have it stocked? Have they heard of it? Have they read it? How are sales going? Do they know who Ron Paul is? Chat them up about it! Definitely read fanofwalt's entertaining post about it.
If you're trying to save money, or if you're going to buy in bulk, you can get the best deal at Amazon. They're pricing the books at $11.55 per copy, 45% off the cover price of $21.00. Also, if you buy a total of $25 or more at Amazon, you get free shipping. Other good books to put you over the $25 limit include Dr. Paul's A Foreign Policy of Freedom Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship, Judge Andrew Napolitano's A Nation of Sheep, and Naomi Wolf's excellent book The End of America.
If you're a member of a book group, suggest that The Revolution be the next book your group reads. Buy extra copies for friends and family members. Stock up for future gifts. And of course, get a few copies for your local library. And not just the public library, as SilverRayn5 suggests below - your local High School library. Young people are the ones who really need to be reading this book, as it can make a profound impact on their lives.
If you're tapped out, then tell your friends to buy copies! The book still has a five star rating after 169 reviews on Amazon! If your friends all have copies, then ask your local library to buy copies.
Read these excellent suggestions from SilverRayn5 about what her Meetup group is doing:
One of our local Meetup group members requested that many of us send in a request to our local library to buy Ron Paul's "The Revolution: A Manifesto." It was such a good idea that I could not resist sending it out to everyone.
I have copied my note to request our library order it.
By the way, I borrowed some of this copy from the Ron Paul website and then changed it a bit to make it a bit less opinionated so that the library personnel (who might be liberal minded) would not toss my request. The importance is on getting the libraries to ORDER the book!
Author: Ron Paul
Title: The Revolution: A Manifesto
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 2008)
This book is about the principles of individual liberty, sound money, the Constitution, and the foreign policy of the Founding Fathers. It is a reintroduction to Americans which is simply written so that readers can hear and judge these great American principles for themselves and apply them in their lives. Readers can learn about the politics and principles the Founding Fathers established and that they need not be satisfied with the choices the system offers them every four years. Another way really is possible.
Please purchase this book for the library.
I would encourage everyone to follow suit and contact their local libraries with a request to order the book and make it available to the public.
In addition, buy as many copies as you can. I've already started buying them and setting them aside as Christmas gifts! I plan to even buy several and donate them to local high school libraries.
Freedom is the best gift of all!
Still need to buy your copy of "The Revolution: A Manifesto" by Ron Paul? Don't just quietly lift the tome from the shelf and shuffle off to the register! Read this first!
Already got your copy? Great -- now read this anyway!
Here's the plan:
You can do this on your own, but would be even more powerful were you to set this up as a strategy within your Meetup group. Each RP supporter (that would be YOU) calls or walks into a B&N or Borders, etc. -- make it one specific store (i.e., "the B&N on Main Street in Springfield").
Ask at the information desk for The Revolution: A Manifesto. Even if it's on the display table at the front of the store, make a point of going to the information desk and asking the clerk to locate the book for you. This will help let shopkeepers know that there is demand for the book. I did this...even though the book was on the display table literally right in front of the info desk. :) Funny thing is, it still took the clerk over ten minutes to locate it himself, the both of us traipsing throughout the store in search of the title. Bet he'll remember where it is now!
If your local bookstore doesn't have the book in stock? Walk up to the info desk, request the book, then when they tell you they don't have it, tell them you'd like them to order it for you. You may not even have to pay for that up front, by the way, and my local B&N says there is no obligation for you to come back and buy it once the order arrives (though it would reward the store if you did follow through with your order, and also solidifies the veracity of your request). If you were to order some obscure, hard-to-find title, however, they might hold you to the purchase, but I've never encountered that myself.
Now don't do this as a group. Don't have one person from your Meetup order twelve copies. That will be interpreted as one compartmentalized group interested in the book. Each person (again, that means YOU) go in individually (and not several people at the same time!) and request that the book be ordered. This sends the message that several people in town (rather than "one group") are interested in getting the book.
Finally, if you already own a copy of the book, pass the freshly purchased book along to a person unfamiliar with RP (which is something we hope to accomplish anyway, right?), and ask them that they, upon completion of their reading, also go place an order for the title at the same bookstore and "pay it forward". :D They may or may not do this, but they definitely won't if you don't ask them to.
At the end of the day, the store's cash register receipts will show X number of sales for the book no matter what (raw data), but the clerks -- and the manager -- will know there has been a lot of demand from people not only purchasing the book, but asking specifically for it and even placing orders for it (informed data).
Oh, and in your downtime, when you're ready to curl up with your own personal copy of the book? Don't do this nestled up in your easy chair at home! Get your body into a more public location -- either that same B&N or a Starbucks or some other gathering place where people hang out. Let people see you reading the book. Hold the book in such a way that people can see what it is you're reading.
Yes! You get to read your book and you get to be a live advertisement for the title!! Be sure to have some RP lit handy with you when you do this. :) And now, I'm imagining customers milling through the coffee shop area of the bookstore, and noticing individuals here and there, each reading the same book...and what message that might send...
Help create an awareness of the demand for this title! Each supporter do this! And pass this message along to your Meetup and other Meetups you belong to (because of course, you belong to more than one Meetup).
1. Pass this message on to your own and other Meetup boards/RP sites
2. Go to your local bookstore
3. Ask for the book, even if it's in the store and you know exactly where it is
4. If it's in the store, buy it (for yourself, or pass it along to someone who needs to get informed!)
5. If it's not in the store, order it
6. Relax over a caramel mocha (mmmmmm) and read the book in public
7. Pay it forward!
Total cost: the price of one book, a coffee (optional), and not much of your time, most of which will be your own time to relax, anyway.
Benefits: you get a book, a coffee (still optional), and the chance to DRUM UP AWARENESS and ADVERTISE Ron Paul's book FOR FREE while enjoying reading it yourself.
Create the BUZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!
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If none of the above is your style, then just order a copy from Amazon and read it in the comfort and privacy of your home. That is good, too.
Are we having fun yet?!
Thank you all for such a tremendous and wonderful journey. And of course, thank you Ron Paul.
Report any other suggestions, and / or your success stories from the weekend here!