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Book Launch in Final Preparations

Just nine more days until my book launch! I am so nervous and so excited all the same time! The flyers are up all over the county. I have contacted the media and I am tracking the books on FedEx. they should be here this weekend.. Now all I have to do is work out the details. I am working on a speech for the book launch. It can’t get any more exciting than this!

Final cover for A Cowards Solace

 

A Coward’s Solace Is Available on Kindle!

Whether or not you plan to attend the book launch, (or whether or not you are even able to attend the book launch or not), A Coward’s Solace is available on Amazon Kindle! If you are intrigued by real events from a fictional prospective, you will love A Coward’s Solace. If you like a good love story, you’ll also enjoy A Coward’s Solace. If you are looking to be inspired, again, you will love Book III of The Locket Saga: A Coward’s Solace. Now available on Amazon Kindle.

No Longer Afraid

The other day when I was putting my flyers for the book launch of Book III of the Locket Saga: A Coward’s Solace and the flyer for the writer’s group around town, I put on my Nikes and called them “my just do it” shoes. I liked the play on their logo because it reminded me of this month’s affirmation. I will do it anyway, even if I am afraid.
What is amazing is that this week I discovered something truly amazing. I am no longer afraid. What was fear has now been redefined as excitement. Whether the book launch or the writer’s group is a success or not, I have discovered that I am enjoying the journey.
I am also no longer looking at problems as problems, but rather as challenges that I have to overcome. I have discovered that I am not panicking over every one of these challenges as they come up.
Allowing Room For Others To Procrastinate
I have learned that I am a lot more dependable than several people that I have worked with recently. Although it is frustrating, because I have developed a do-it-now mentality, I get projects out of my hands and into the hands of others sooner so that if they do procrastinate, I can be (as I told one person) the squeaky wheel. Although I am frustrated, I am less frustrated than I would be if I didn’t have this mentality. Dealing with other people is after all just another challenge.

Have Had Calls About the Writer’s Group

since putting up the flyers for the Writer’s Group, I have been receiving calls and continuing my arrangements for the first meeting. I still have to create itinerary and questionnaire handouts for the meeting.and I have to rehearse my speech, Just over a week and it will be history! How time flies when you’re having fun!

More Event In The Works

In October, I plan on participating in another event both as an author and as the president of the writers group. I will have more about that as time draws closer.
In the meantime, I want to work on participating in more book signings around the area and continue to expand my book sales region, more on that later too.

 

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.


Planning My Book Launch

What should I do now?

What should I do now?

I have been working lately on my book launch. I have been creating one list of individual that I want to email to invite to my book launch and creating another list of individuals to ask to guest blog for me. I also have a list of individuals or organization to request an appearance or interview, I want to individualize each of these invitations or requests. I want to let each one know why I have chosen them.
Although I want to personalize each email that I send to people that I want to get involved in my book publishing venture, I also want to begin the process by creating a template with the basic information that I want to be certain to send to each recipient. It is important to remember who, what, where, when, why. I need to be certain that there is consistency of this information on every email or letter that I send.

Writing Press Releases

I may not need Superman, but a guy like Clark Kent comes in handy when you want others to know about your book.

I may not need Superman, but a guy like Clark Kent comes in handy when you want others to know about your book.

I need to start writing my Press releases and sending them to the media and posting on social media online. Press releases  need to be standardized, but, at the same time, they also should be personalized to the recipient. For instance, I live here in Missouri, but I grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania. I want to be certain that not only do I need to be prepared to send a press release to the local newspapers and radio stations here, but I will want to be prepared with a press release to send to Pennsylvania with specifics that relate to area and my connection with that area.
Creating a Phone Script
My favorite mode of communication is writing, not speaking on the phone. However, in many cases where I have sent emails, I may have to follow up with a phone call. Again, each call will need to be personalized, but a phone script can also help ensure that all of the information that I want to relay to the person I have called is relayed and I don’t forget anything.
By creating a template phone script for specific types of contacts will help me stay on track when I call each contact. By phoning related calls at the same time, I can also build momentum with each call that I make.
Making A List And Checking It Twice, make that Thrice
This month, I have been making a series of lists. From the first list, I have created subsequent lists. I have a list of marketing ideas. I have a list of sales ideas. I have lists related to each item on the marketing ideas lists.
I have specific markets that I want to hit. I also have specific places that I want to sell my books. In addition, I have a list of people that I want to know about and potentially attend my book launch. On that list of individuals there are also groups of people that I want to research further.
From these lists I build a database of places and individuals that I am able to talk to about my book. It certainly beats going door to door.

Starting A Writer’s Group

In addition to my book launch, in August I intend to start a local writer’s group. I have been talking about starting one for several months now, however, I have finally decided to take the plunge.
I recently set the date for the writers group.  August 31 will be that first meeting. I think that the first thing that we will do at the meeting is fill out a form (that I will create) in which write down what genres that we plan to write in, what each of us hopes to get out of the writers group, and what expertise each of us feels that we bring to the group, our writing strengths, and our weaknesses. In addition, we could include on that list who we know who might be willing to speak to the group as well as our wish list of individuals who would like to hear speak to our group about writing. (Remember, skype!) We will then introduce ourselves and we will discuss what we have written on our papers. Since it will be the organizational meeting, I have will have us elect officers (except President, this year, I will be president because I am the original organizer. Next year however, we will open that position as well). Also, I was thinking about perhaps naming the writers group something more creative than The Oregon County Writers Group.
I was thinking about possibly speaking myself at this first meeting about the online writing platform and how I would suggest someone could start or improve their online platform very quickly by including book reviews (related to their genre) into their blogs (every active blog should have at least a weekly post so they might consider writing one review per month.)

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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