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Talk about a novel approach!

A Park Slope writer is plastering the neighborhood with fliers for her book — but the dang tome isn’t even published yet.

“Park Slope’s very own Marianne Soberanis has written her first novel,” the fliers proclaim, before directing the curious to Soberanis’s website,

Soberanis hopes that the fliers will help her generate a fanbase for her unpublished novel while also catching a publisher’s attention.

The latter is a longshot, apparently.

“This method won’t be successful,” a source at Penguin Group told us. “In this day and age, you need an agent. We don’t just read stories off the street like that.”

Perhaps they should. The first week after posting her 100-odd fliers, the novice novelist was receiving phone calls from strangers and even a local photographer who offered to shoot the cover of “The Sweetest Mistake.” Her website received 130 views after she put up the fliers — not bad for an investment of 12 cents a flier.

“Park Slope is a community rich with writers, and the community here is supportive [to writers],” said Soberanis.

Still, some Park Slopers were confused about the lamppost fliers.

“One couple thought I was missing — you don’t usually see a picture of somebody on a flier unless somebody is,” the novelist said.

Virtually all of the fliers have been removed by the litter police, but don’t expect to see them gone for long.

“I’m probably gonna put them up again,” Soberanis stated.

But as they say in show business, never mind all that, Mrs. Lincoln — how was the play?

Well, judging from the first chapter available online, “The Sweetest Mistake” is no “Great Gatsby.”

“It’s a book about the ups and downs of life, and it explains why people do certain things,” Soberanis said. “It’s about how everything happens for a reason.”

Apparently, all you need is hope — and a good copy machine.

Updated 5:25 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Green Gus from Park Slope says:
Politicians get fined for posting flyers and posters on lamp posts. So should she.
Aug. 25, 2011, 8:43 am
Nicole F.S. from Park Slope says:
It's a flyer, get a life everyone does it! You should have better things to do with your life then comment something mean.
Aug. 25, 2011, 11:47 am
Stephanie from Park Slope says:
She's what you call determined! And you are what they call an ——! So you base her future success on how little she spent on flyers-wow your ridiculous. Either you are a sexist or ultimately a negative person. A Smart person would think to spend little on flyers and post them in the neighborhood that's heavily invested with authors. She's young, beautiful, determined, and smart. She'll def get far. Just sit back and you'll see.
P.S. Your newspaper is corny!
Aug. 25, 2011, 2:28 pm
Naoufal from Parkslope says:
As an artist, I do what it takes to promote my business! There is nothing wrong with trying any little idea, which might turn into a big one! In parkslope, preciesly, people apreciate the little things. It's a warm community full or artists who support, and are proud of people like Soberanis. Let's wish her best of luck:)
Aug. 25, 2011, 7:39 pm
Sarah from Park Slope says:
I am all about following your dreams, but with that you must learn to take the criticism along with the complements that come your way. You must also educate yourself on your area of interest that you are trying to go for, which I feel Ms. Soberanis hasn’t. I read the first chapter Ms. Soberanis posted and felt it was predictable, lacking, and needs editing. She also gave too much away from the book I believe with all her facebook postings. Then there is that awful interview she posted on her facebook. Ms. Soberanis says she wants to pursue journalism, but doesn’t she mean author??? This just shows her extreme lack of knowledge in writing just as she seems to lack knowledge in publishing. I would be shock if this book takes off in any manner with its mundane story line. Anyone can write a book, but I feel it takes something special to "write" a book. Also, it is illegal to post flyers on lamppost etc. and you can be fined for each posting. Here is the link that contains the law:
Aug. 26, 2011, 12:34 am
Marianne Soberanis from Park Slope says:
This article has only strengthened my passion to get my manuscript published and to strengthen the content of my work. I didn't intend to write this book to compete with the classic, "Great Gatsby." I wrote this book to tell a tale of issues that most young ladies go through of finding themselves along their amazing journey of life to find love, happiness, and success.
Clearly the flyers were a success, it got the Brooklyn Paper to write an article about my advertising methods. Everyone has to start somewhere and I started with flyers and an interview withing my financial budget.
This book is meant for a specific target market of girls aged 16 to 24 years of age. I do appreciate constructive criticism for anyone who left a comment. Not everyone is going to like my work and this new grounds of criticism comes with putting myself out there.
I am following my dreams and there will be no one who stops me. Every famous author/artist has been told "No" in the past and I am learning more about myself and my capabilities with each "no" I receive.
To everyone who doesn't want to read my work, simply do not go to my website. I did not write this book to please everyone, so if you are bored with the plot, occupy yourself with something that entertains yourself.
And in regards to the fines, if I get fined, it will be worth it, because it landed myself in the paper and made me get more exposure. Moving forward, I will not be advertising my work in any illegal fashion.

Thank you to everyone supporting my dream!
Aug. 26, 2011, 10:09 am
Marianne Soberanis from Park Slope says:
Aug. 26, 2011, 10:15 am
Dino from Bensonhurst says:
I think this is a wonderful thing that Marianne has accomplished. And I see nothing wrong with how she chooses to promote her book. Lets get real here people there isnt 1 person that walks the streets of brooklyn or any other of the 5 boroughs that doesnt stop and read signs on street lamp post. This is a perfect way of putting yourself out there to be noticed. I am sure that there are plenty of authors that walk the street and read posting on the poles. For all you negative people out there that feel this is wrong......Your all just JEALOUS, that you didnt write a book, and the thought never entered your minds to get yourselves noticed
You watch and see how fast she gets picked up By a publisher, and I will be there to go to her BOOK SIGNING for sure!
The Best of LUCK to you Marianne, Im sure that the next 1 is already underway!
Aug. 26, 2011, 3:48 pm
Joey from Park Slope says:
Where can we read the book?
March 11, 2017, 10:23 pm

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