Two weeks ago I began what I was confident would become a nationwide movement: The Boycott Celebrity Children’s Book Association (BCCBA).
While I am delighted to report that many of the regular commenters on this blog are now active members of this fine organization, the “nationwide movement” thing still eludes me.
Fortunately, the always charming Vanessa “Candy” Chapman came up with a possible reason for this: the Association’s acronym sounds more like an answer key to a multiple-choice quiz than the name of a powerful social movement.
Vanessa’s idea was wise.
Then Vanessa suggested the acronym, CRAP – and, well, that didn’t quite do it for me. Even when the equally charming Anne Woodman seconded the CRAP idea by suggesting it could stand for “Celebrity Resistance and Avoidance Project,” I was unmoved.
You see, the problem I have with CRAP, or any negative-sounding acronym, is that it sends a mixed message:
See what I mean? The reason why I started BCCBA was so people would STOP supporting crap.
But, hey, acronyms are tricky.
They are so tricky, in fact, that a really good one might be worth…wait for it… a free copy of my book, Sarah Gives Thanks!
“Wait,” you might be saying, “is that the book that’s so popular it’s going into its second printing?”
YES, THAT’S THE ONE!
Don’t delay! Suggest a new, snappy acronym in the comments section. The best one (as determined by a panel of judges) will receive a signed, first edition of Sarah Gives Thanks!
But wait there’s more! The winner will also be offered the co-presidency of the soon-to-be-renamed BCCBA! (That executive title, by the way, is suitable for any resume.)
The contest will be closed on October 31. So put your thinking caps on! Enter early and often! Spread the word!
43 Replies to “Boycott BCCBA’s Acronym! Win My Book!”
Okay . . . here goes:
Wielding Righteous Indignation about Talentless Egos—Really, Stop
Niiiice! And if you come up with any others, be sure to share. Multiple entries are welcome!
How did I miss that post? Count me in. When my daughter was little, we stayed with the classics. I didn’t understand what made a celebrity a better teller of stories to my child than those who actually devote their creative energies to just that. I’m not much good with acronyms…but I’ve been trying other new things lately, so I’ll give this a go, too! xoM
Glad to have you as the newest member of the BCCBA, Margarita!
And I look forward to your acronym submission.
Support “AUTHORS”: Authentic Undermined Talented Hopefuls Over Rapacious Stars.
I spent 15 minutes on this with a migraine and five kick boxing off spring having a royal rumble because I support your cause and I want that autographed book!
Impressive! Especially considering what you were up against. If you come up with any others, feel free to submit them as well. The more the merrier!
I’m going to try to think of a good one — I HATE celebrity book writers ptooey!!!
I thank you for your “Ptooey!” Well done!
I eagerly await your submission, Sandee; the contest wouldn’t be the same without you!
CHUPACABARAS is my word of the moment. I was fixated on using it, so the acronym’s a bit lame. Here it is – CHUPACABARAS:
My Mexican coworker and I teasingly call each other Chupacabaras. It’s part of Mexican folklore. Here’s what it means: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chupacabra.
I love FAWTs btw! Hehehehehe! And I’m impressed how quickly Mme. Weebles came up with HACKS!
Woo! I hope you didn’t blow a gasket coming up with that one.
Oh, and by the way, your entry cracked me up. Well done!
Love it!…leave it with me, I’m sure I can come up with something:-)
Excellent, Harula! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Here’s my first three attempts!
CREATE – Celebrity Rubbish Evade Acquire True Excellence
ACT WISE – Avoid Celebrity Trash Writers Inspire Support Excellence
ACT NOWW – Avoid Celebrity Trash Nurture Only Writers Writing
And I’m joining whatever it’s called! H x
PS Thanks, this was really fun…so I might be back with more…:-)
I am dazzled!
Hmmm, I might need to recharge my thinking cap for this one! 🙂
Good luck, Susan! And spread the word!
As one of the people who was lucky enough to already win a copy of your book, I am SO DOWN with your boycott. I like BCCBA, it sounds very official. But I also liked CRAP. How about HACKS (Humans Against Celebrity Kid Stories)?
I do so very much appreciate your support, Ms. Weebles! Spread the word!
I can’t find a way to make it derogatory and use it with “Please support…” So I’m going with the “Join me in the fight against FAWTs”
A FAWT is of course what happens when a pretentious person passes gas.
Stifle FAWTs. Niiiice.
This one made me snort.
This is awesome! The graphics for the membership cards would be hilarious- I think the FAWT lettering should be in a greenish, yellowish brown.
I have my sketchpad out already.
Shoot! I can never do things like this. I swear, I have a cheat sheet on my desk of what all these silly things mean so I can figure out what peaple are even talking about. Someone figure out words to make “TALENT” work for me.
I like it,… but I can’t figure out what to make “TALENT” spell out. Help!
Uber congrats on the second printing too. So stinking excited for you I can’t stand it!
Oh, no you don’t! You gotta come up with your own. C’mon now. I know you have talent!
Impressive, Shapiro! Well done, sir!
Haha, the incorporation of Candy in my name made me laugh! I understand that you don’t want to say ‘Support CRAP’ but you could say ‘Support the campaign against CRAP’, or ‘Stop CRAP’. CRAP could stand for Celeb Riters Are Poopy – the misspelling of Writers/Riters is a subtle joke about their writing ability. And ‘Poopy’ is a childlike word because we’re talking about children’s books. Do you see?
I asked about “Candy” on your blog because I knew I was going to create the hotlink on this one.
Now this CRAP I like! I suppose it’s OK to use a negative-sounding acronym if the words the acronym represents are negative as well. Lauri’s FAWT (above) does something similar.
And I am a sucker for a good poop joke. Well done!
Guess I’m ineligible for a pretty book, Mike — but whatever you’re for, I’m for!
And, ahem, it wouldn’t hurt, to promote the news on your Facebook page. Ahem!
I’m all for Laurie’s “FAWT” –that’s gold!
FAWT blew me away!
Join the DR”A”FT and support quality literature!
Well done, sir. I do so like it when “tool” is used as an insult.
Ok Mike, here’s another one…
Vetoe ‘A’Lister Crap, Buy Authentic (Writing) Talent
Well, aren’t you a font of acronyming talent!
Thankss:-) Sooooo who’s the winner? WTW!?!?
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