Friday, September 28, 2012

A Book Review - Marketing Your Book on a Budget 2012 by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones


This book was definitely worth more than I paid for it.  I have not worried about marketing a book for about 10 years.  The world has changed since then with social media and eBooks.  The strategy has changed  from sale to the bookstore to sale direct to the consumer.  Kathryn Elizabeth Jones has written the How-to-Book for authors of reviews, interviews, blogs, and social media.  She has creative ideas for book signings, contests, and author speaking engagements.  This is a great marketing outline for me, as I get ready to publish new novels.  I highly recommend this book to the new author and anyone needing a quick update on Book marketing.
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A Book Review - Conquering Your Goliaths:A Parable of the Five Stones by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

Ever go to a job interview, only to be met by God in a thin disguise?   Ms.  Virginia Bean  goes in search of a job and finds out much more about herself and the importance of her life.  Kathryn Elizabeth Jones brings her characters to life in this thoughtful Christian parable.  If you need something uplifting without a guilt trip, this is your book.  

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Lunch with an Author & Book Publisher

I went to lunch today with Kathryn Elizabeth Jones.  Her book SCRAMBLED has just come out in an eBook and Print On Demand on several platforms including Kindle in both the USA and UK.  My husband told me not to have too much fun as I was going out the door to meet her.  I told him I was meeting Kathy and could make no guarantees.  She likes to have fun.  Her books are fun.  The classes she teaches are fun.  It comes through in all she does.  Because of that, I can’t wait to read Scrambled.


            I’ll post a review here when I finish.  I just finished her book on Marketing Your Book on a Budget.  In a few pages, I caught up on changes in book marketing in the last ten years.  I recommend it for anyone trying to market a book, but don’t act on it too quick.  I’m trying to beat you to her recommended sites before you get there.  Dee’s book review site is so overwhelmed they are no longer taking submissions for book reviews.  I tried yesterday.


I feel like I'm playing catch up.  Someday, I'll tell you what I've been doing for the last ten years, but it will probably happen in a fiction book first, because you just can't make real life glamorous.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Do the Write Thing

My first book, Shelby's Plan was published by Avalon Books 16 years ago.  Since then I've learned that life happens and you don't always accomplish everything you want to all at once.  My paperback version of this book unfortunately came out on September 11, 2001.  I too long associated my book with the events of that day and couldn't market it like I planned.  If you read Shelby's Plan you  know that the message of that book is that you have to live because you never know when you or your spouse could be gone.

Jump forward to 2012, my publisher decided to do a kindle ebook of Shelby's Plan.  And Avalon Books was bought out by Amazon Publishing giving the backlist new life. I also was finally able to recover all my old manuscripts from ancient computer disks. .(There were compatibility issues to be overcome.)  I'm writing and editing again and hope to get another book out this year.

I have two rewrites in the works of Laura's Fence Posts and There's No Such Thing as Fate, and have started Shelby's Baby.  I hope to finish this year strong!