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A Change For The Better

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My daughter told me the other day that she hates change. I however have learned that change is the only constant so I have learned to take change in stride. My job schedule has changed so that instead of working six days per week, I am working seven days, however, I am working fewer hours per day. Friday and Saturdays I am only working three hours per day and with both of these jobs, if for some reason I cannot come in that day, I can just call in or change the day easily with another person. I will have much more flexibility with writing.  On the days when I used to work twelve hour shifts, I now work just seven and there are fewer responsibilities as well.

Changing my work pattern will be interesting in that I have more time in the mornings and in the evenings most days. It will actually open up more time to write during my best hours which is what a writer really needs. I also still have evenings clear. Three more evenings than I had on the ole schedule. I am smiling.

Final cover for A Cowards SolaceI have been thinking about what I want to write in this blog next month. One thing I have to do is finish the re-edits on my book When God Turned His Head. I hope this is the last re-edit I will have to do on that book. A lot of people who have read the book like the context of the book, but almost everyone has commented on the fact that there is a lot of typos in the book. Thanks to one of my beta reader, that should change.

Another thing that I am planning to work on next month is to work on creating my business plan. I am seriously, increasingly considering my writing as a business and a business needs a good business plan. I got a book that I am reading that is really good for this and next month I plan to share it as I develop my business plan.

Another thing that I have been thinking about stepping up my online marketing.One thing that I intend to do is to work on developing twitter tweets related to the history and characters in my books and connect my website and here in my blog. I will probably connect Facebook too because a lot of my friends find my trivia questions interesting. I have had more traffic with my trivia questions than I did with almost anything else. We will see how that works out.

As things move forward, it is time, actually, probably past time for me to look ahead and find online reviewers for A Coward’s Solace. I have to tell you that finding people to review A Coward’s Solace creates anxiety for me because I am not certain how the book will be received by other people and that makes me nervous. I, of course, think that my book is a wonderful creation. I hope others feel that way, but like my children, I am prejudice toward my own creation. So right now, while I am finishing the final preparations for my book launch, I am also working on finding these reviewers and asking them what they think. I have done this before so I know the drill. I am learning to have a thick skin.

If you are interested in reviewing my book, please let me know by replying below. I will get back with you with a free e-copy of Book III of The Locket Saga: A Coward’s Solace..

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


What should I do now?

I’ve been spending a lot of time in front of the computer lately.

The big thing with posturing this month is that it is all about getting ready to make things happen. At the end of next month, I will be fully into marketing my next book: Book III of the Locket Saga: A Coward’s Solace both online and physically. Therefore other things need to be done so that they do not slow down my momentum. This month I am finishing a big chunk of Book V of the Locket Saga: In The Shadow Of The Mill Pond by completing its second draft. In addition, I am researching ways to market and sell my books. This is a major shift that I am taking in this second half of 2015. I am shifting from production mode to marketing mode. I have gotten good at creating a good product now I need to get paid for the work that I have already done.

Write An Email for Getting Reviews

One of the main things that I will need to do next month in regards to launching my book is to get some reviews of my book as quickly as possible. That means that this month, I will need to find people to do those reviews. (If you are interested in a free print copy of my book to read to do a review, let me know.)

Writing Press Releases

The main press release that I need to write is the press release explaining about my book launch. In this press release, I would also like to acknowledge my two beta readers by having photos of them with their copies of my book in this press release.
Another type of press release that I will need to write will be for subsequent book signings in this area.
Yet another type of press release that I will need to write will be for every interview that I will conduct and have conducted over the next several months.
Finally, I need to write press releases regarding guest blogs that I might share. I think that it would be fun to do a blog tour and visit other author’s sites. In addition, I will ask those same authors to write on my blog.
These press releases I will send out to the media (first ones local and online, then national and finally international). In addition, they will be posted on my social media sites and sent to my mailing list of people who specifically want to know when my books are published.

 

Setting Up A Book Launch

I have done this before and it was a fun event. It was very stressful because I didn’t think that anyone would show up. However, they did and I even have a photo of the event that I often post.

Setting Up Radio interviews

I have done a few online radio interviews, but I hope to do a few regular radio programs as well. I can find the stations on line, send an email to who I think will be an interested party, and go from there.

Setting Up Blog interviews

Finding people to interview me on their blogs will probably involve me reciprocating and interviewing them on my blog. Therefore, I will need to in addition to answering any questions that the blogger has for me, but also I will need to have my own list of questions for them

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Setting Up a Blog tour

I have participated in a blog tour in the past where I was asked to blog about another author. In the case of a blog tour, I would need to have a few prizes to give away. In addition, I would want to make it especially fun. Perhaps include games of some kind rather than just a drawing for people to get the prizes. For instance perhaps I could have a trivia game where you had to go to the next stop on the tour to find out whether you had the right answer. If you were the first to get the answer and were the first to post on that next blog that you were there, you would get the next prize. That way, not only would I get more traffic, but we would all be sharing traffic

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Setting Up Public Appearances

In addition to writing and setting up my book launch, and radio and online interviews, I will need to set up for public appearances. This will not only include book signings, but also events where I speak. As I mentioned before, I spoke at a local church, but I intend to do more than that. During the fall months there are numerous fall festivals that I can set up booths and display my books. I know from past experience that I don’t usually make that much money at this type of event, but it does give me publicity. I can also go to nearby libraries and speak there as well.

Now that I know what I need to do, I will need to put deadlines on these projects and add them to my schedule. Stay tuned as I continue over the next several months with my publishing projects.

IMG_8330 final copy

Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

 

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