Monday, March 29, 2010

Sexy Sell

(Warning: This post contains photos of denim in sexual positions. Yes, I'm serious!)

Yesterday my husband returned from a foray down the high street and threw something into my lap.

'Look what I got! There are beautiful women wearing practically nothing down on the high street giving these away.'

Um, ok. That made me stop pretending to be dozing (so I didn't have to help put the shopping away) and sit up. Here's what met my eyes:

'What?' I flipped over the small booklet to the other side, working myself up to be angry. The back was no better.

Before I could let loose (why did you take this? and why are you giving it to me? etc etc), my husband sat beside me and opened the book.

And I couldn't help laughing.

Apparently, sex does sell. It certainly caught my attention, anyway!

So what's the sexy sell for your book? What makes it unique? What do think will catch readers' attention?


  1. Hmmm! Wearing jeans whilst in coital position is a novel way of birth control!


    My sexy sell for my book (if ever I do have a book!) er... it'll most definitely be sans jeans and sans names like John Thomas.


    Take care

  2. THat's so funny. Never thought of jeans that way before...


  3. LOL. That ad is funny. I might need to buy me some jeans like that! ; )

  4. Ha. There's one floating around in cyberspace with books propped in supposed sex positions, too!

  5. sexy sell for my book is that it will be authentic me. You know, I'll be telling the truth in my novels and that is sexy dontcha think? It is when I read it.
    I like this ad and yet I hope my teenagers don't. Why would that be? Not being authentic, I guess.

  6. hmmm. Well, I always have a romantic interest in my book. But my writing is all sweet and the sex is behind closed doors.

  7. Ha! Oh my goodness. I could see that happening in NYC but the very idea of scantily-clad women handing out these ads in my tiny little homebaked town is enough to make me laugh myself off my chair. ;) I grew up in the city but now live in small-town "Americana" so that definitely makes me giggle. :)

  8. Haha oh wow... I live in a small town so I don't see much of that happening, but it must have been interesting! LOL. I definitely do not have sex selling my writing, although it seems to work very well for other people!

  9. This may be the weirdest advertisement ever......

    definitely outside the box...

    still cannot stop the weird grin of fascination...

    all I can think of is Disney's Bedknobs & Broomsticks before the war scene at the end...there is a white negligee dying to meet those jeans...

    Visit My Kingdom Anytime

  10. I know! What a crazy advert. It's strangely fascinating. I have to admit to being ever so slightly scandalised... I mean, really!

    Still, it did make me laugh. And I'm certainly not going to forget it anytime soon!

    Thanks for the comments, everyone!

  11. That is very strange. What will they think of next?

    My WIP is mostly spiritual in theme although it is not dealing with people who are in spiritual circumstances. There will be sex (not overly graphic), drug use, and violence but that will be the nature of the characters. Hopefully that will make it somewhat unique and grab certain readers' attention. And hopefully I'll be able to sell the idea to someone.

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  12. Well, poot. The only pic that showed up for me was the second one.

    Straight From Hel

  13. The book I'm working on is horror, set in the South. Not sure how I could use the conventional ideas of "sexiness" to sell it, but just the idea of a book with my name on the cover is sexy to me. Ha!!

  14. Helen, sorry you couldn't see the photos! I'm having the same problems in other bloggers' sites, too. Blergh.

    I agree - surely there can be nothing sexier than a book with your name on the cover!

  15. It was only a matter of time before we saw this. Its kinda funny although I would not want my kids to see this.

    Stephen Tremp

  16. for some reason I couldn't see the blasted pictures! Oh well. I'll just go off my imagination.

  17. Thanks everyone for chiming in... and yes, Tamara, you'll have to use your imagination! :)

  18. Great shots of frisky denim. :) I wish I could say that there was the same frisky in my novel.

  19. Blogger was definitely being glitchy/buggy with pictures earlier today. It seems to be better now.

    This definitely is eye catching advertising...and a man in the right pair of jeans in definitely sexy! Smexy even.
    But not if he's dry humping my butt in them. Okay, maybe that is still sexy.

    Happy Monday, Talli!

  20. Cool advertising - I can see why it will work. Oh, and by the way, my man loved it.

  21. Where do they come up with this stuff? If my husband came home with something he got from beautiful women wearing almost nothing, I don't think he'd tell me about it (or at least he wouldn't phrase it quite that way.)

  22. Oh gosh, we are SUCH prudes. Our book features pearls and a very snarky teen detective. Sex?, unless you consider pearls and e-mails from dead people sexy? Maybe? No?

    But love those ads!


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