I cioach authors how to get on TV and yes, shooting yourslef will get you on TV and even get your book mentioned. Now of course I do not recommend this when there are so many better, easier and safer ways to get on TV with your book. Now granted fiction is harder to promote on TV than non-fiction, due to the smaller number of outlets covering fiction. The way around this for a fiction writer is not to talk about the book, but instead to establish yourself as an expert on a subject related to the book. Say the book is set in the 1800's; you could position yourself as an expert on what life was like then, and of course bring your book into it as an example. So holster your weapons and be confident you can still hit the big time on TV. Thanks and good luck, Edward Smith.
Thank you, Edward, for the sage and insightful advice. I agree; writing what you know is essential to have a chance of sucess, and expertise is a superb promotion platform. It my be a twisted sense of humor, or my condition as a foreign observer, but the supreme irony of writing "Kindness in America" and then shooting oneself to promote the thing is... memorable.