Oh Jeeze. Oh Mine DoG. I am turning into a public radio pledge drive.
So just picture me, please, trying to be witty and hip and non-profit while whining about how much I mean to you all, especially you all who can do me a solid right here, right now. And by that I mean all youse who are in or near Nashville, Tennessee.
I have just shipped one dozen (12) autographed copies of my book When Wanderers Cease to Roam to a brand new independent book store in Nashville, TN called Parnassus Books (http://www.parnassusbooks.net).
Parnassus Books is having its Grand Opening this Saturday, November 19 at:
4505 Harding Pike
Dear Readers, I want those autographed copies of When Wanderers Cease to Roam to sell like cats who hear their names called.
No, wait. That’s not a good simile. I need something that is actually, you know, fast.
So picture something that goes as fast as a pancake-type of edible with maple syrup–that’s how I want my books to sell way down yonder in the Gracious South.
So I have a plan.
Anyone who buys one of my autographed books from Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN, and can send me the original receipt will get an original Vivian Swift watercolor Pet Portrait of the Pet of Your Choice just in time for ChrisHanuKwanSolstice.
Despite the fact that I only have cat portraits to show you here, I am pretty good with all manner of companion animals:
Red Admiral butterflies.
I can paint almost anything, given that I have a reference photo. Now, you all know that I a miniaturist. My preference is for the small-scale bijoux portrait. I’ve worked as small as a 1-inch square canvas, but I’ve also worked as large as a 8″x10″ glamour shot. Details as to the vastness of your Pet Portrait can be worked out according to pose, pet, and purchase. Because if you buy more than three copies I owe you a freaking mural.
Now, don’t get upset if you haven’t got a sixth degree of separation for Nashville.
Because the fact is that this year, if you can send me the original receipt of any copy of When Wanderers Cease to Roam that was purchased from a bricks and mortar independent bookstore, I will paint you a delectable miniature portrait of your companion animal.
First come, First served, but Nashville gets to butt in line.
That’s the deal. (Delivery dates on each portrait will be determined by mutual consent.)
Please contact me at vivianswift at yahoo dot com when you have your book store receipt to send to me and I will provide you with the address where you can mail in your original receipt to me as well as get the pictorial and compositional info I need regarding your pet portrait.
Shop Local this holiday season. Support Real Books and Real Book Stores.
The touch, the feel of books: the fabric of your life.
I return to regular programming on Friday, at the end of this fund drive.
P.S. As of December 15 this offer is now closed for 2011– thank you, everyone, for your response and your support of local independent book shops!