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BLOGWORDS –  Friday 26 August 2016 – PLANNING A RELEASE EVENT – LIVE EVENTS

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PLANNING A RELEASE EVENT – LIVE EVENTS

 

 

In addition to any online fanfare, I host a live event here in my town. When I was a wee (figuratively speaking) novice of an author, I stumbled on what has become my go-to spot for events. Turns out the owner’s son and my granddaughter were in the same class that year. And Lisa and I have been friends ever since!

 

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I like to incorporate the story into my event setup. For instance, Tessa was an artist. Her mother was an artist, and her sister was an artist. All different styles, and all very gifted. So I printed miniatures of some classic pieces of art to display on the table.

 

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Tessa, book 2, is also artistic, her art being in the kitchen. Her specialty is macarons and not that’s not a typo or misspelled. A macaron is a different cookie to coconut macaroons. So I served macarons, which I found at an authentic French bakery here in town. I displayed the mini art pieces from Tessa, and printed some recipes you might find at Clara’s bakery, The Cocoa Crescent.

 

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They are raspberry and lemon, the girls’ favorite flavors. I had stacks of each book, and lemonade and a selection of hot tea.

 

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The actor in me loves to read a good part, so I chose some excerpts from the story, and wrote a couple of bonus bits.

 

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And of course, the signing! It’s not an author event unless you sign your books for your readers!

 

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I like the intimate setting of the coffee house. I’ve held a couple of other events at local bookstores, and have talked to the director of a library in my area. I have a list of other venues to contact about scheduling an event.

 

Of course, if no one knows about the event, then no one is going to come. I created banners and posted it on Facebook, and I wrote copy for press release for the newspaper in my town. I scheduled a giveaway on Goodreads, and freebie days on Amazon. I told everyone I could about my event and passed out flyers.

 

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It’s your event, own it. Make it your own. Put your signature on it. These are the things that work for me. Do something no other author does. You wrote your book, it’s your creation. The launch event should be unique, too.

 

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Cissy is Book Three in the unsavory heritage series. The culmination of the stories, and overreaching story arc, the resolution to generations of unsavory conflict. A story that illustrates how powerful our words are, and the devastating effects of believing the worst of yourself.

 

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So if you’re in the Greenville area, you’re invited. I’d love to see you there! Friday 30 September from 5:00 til 10:00. Come on out and show some love for this author, y’all!

 

 

rem“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

 

I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, Tessa in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.

 

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

 

 

Tessa and Clara Bess are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print, with the third book in the series, Cissy, coming out in September of this year.   I also have several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, http://maryblowers.com, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. I will also be working on a personal compilation of poetry to be released in 2016 as well.

 

 

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BLOGWORDS –  Friday 19 August 2016 – PLANNING A RELEASE EVENT – BLOG BLITZ

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PLANNING A RELEASE EVENT – BLOG BLITZ

 

 

Last week I mentioned the blog blitz I host to kick off a new book release. It totally breaks the don’t toot your own horn too loudly or too often. Then again, I only do this in anticipation of release day.

 

 

And releasing a third novel is a pretty big deal, fanfare worthy.

 

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I realized yesterday that with the three books in the series, I have worked with these people, er, um, characters, for three years! It will be bittersweet to say farewell and move on to another story. And there’s LOTS rambling around in my brain, lemme tell ya!

 

So, Cissy. Book Three in the unsavory heritage series. The culmination of the stories, and overreaching story arc, the resolution to generations of unsavory conflict. A story that illustrates how powerful our words are, and the devastating effects of believing the worst of yourself.

 

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So to celebrate this milestone in my writing career, you better believe I’m gonna celebrate. I’ve attended several events and parties on Facebook, and seen plenty of blog  release announcements and celebrations. And here’s my take, my plan of action. I mentioned last week, I rather stumbled into it. It’s a lot of work, and this time, third time around, I seem to have a better handle on it. Maybe…

So, because I post different features on different days of the week—and honestly, some of that was birthed from my first blitz two years ago for Tessa.

 

 

I took it a step further. You may notice there’s no feature for Wednesday or Saturday. That’s by default, not by design. For the blitz, however, I got something going on every.day.of.the.month. WHEW!

My interviews are characters interviews, which are fun to do, an extension of the story. I use excerpts and write bonus bits for Saturday. Wednesday is special feature, a theme that is central to the story. With Tessa, it was art because they all are artists. Clara Bess is a pastry chef, so for her I shared recipes. Like the others, Cissy is a phenom, skilled as an artist and genius level intelligent. Her feature will be some of her poems. Brace yourself, some are dark and horrid.

 

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This hoopla begins in eleven days! Are you ready? Are you coming to celebrate with me? (correct answer is YES!)

 

 

There’s also the Facebook party event. I kick off the party at 1:00, welcoming guests and reminding everyone to refresh the screen. I provide guidelines and give the link to my blog for scavenger hunt style questions. I post a new question or comment, or share something new, every fifteen minutes. I ask questions about the covers and about the character interviews and other blog posts I had done throughout the month. Last year I had all this printed out, as a script so I could keep up with myself! LOL And my handy red pen to check off each incremental post as I shared it.

The floor is also open for guests to ask questions. And as most if not every FB event I’ve been part of or attended, I offer a giveaway and prizes for anyone who participates.

 

 

 

And of course, you can’t forget the virtual refreshments! (there’s more than this, but I’ve been busy writing, not squeezing lemons and baking lemon bars!)

 

RASPBERRY TEA, A FAVORITE!

 

So you’re invited. Here’s the link (just remember it’s not live til 30 September.)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1849598995263289/

 

 

 

rem“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

 

I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, Tessa in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.

 

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

 

Tessa and Clara Bess are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print, with the third book in the series, Cissy, coming out in September of this year.   I also have several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, http://maryblowers.com, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. I will also be working on a personal compilation of poetry to be released in 2016 as well.

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS –  Friday 12 August 2016 – PLANNING A RELEASE EVENT

 

PLANNING A RELEASE EVENT

LIVE or ONLINE

 

Decisions, decisions. When you’ve written a book and want to have an event to celebrate, there are two types to consider: online or live and in person.

 

 

This month, in honor of the release of my third novel next month, I’m going to share what I’ve learned about both, and hopefully garner some ideas and suggestions in the process.

 

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I’ll start with online events. I basically live on Facebook, and so have hosted my two release parties there. The other biggie (to this author’s knowledge) is on my blog. But not my blog only—other bloggers can get involved and share in the big event on their blog.

 

Something I started—more like stumbled on—is doing a month long blog blitz. (I seem to do a lot of blitzes!) My debut novel, Tessa, was first released for Kindle only, in March of 2014. I soon realized the advantage of having print copies, and set the print release for October. Since the story is about a woman hiding her identity, setting the date for Halloween seemed appropriate. Then, ‘long about the last week of September, I had this brainchild of an idea, and the blog blitz was born. I do NOT recommend setting up a blitz in that short amount of time. I will discuss more in next week’s post.

 

The other type of event is held local to where the author lives. There are several venues open to such events. I stumbled onto my favorite spot quite by accident. I was checking out locations in our small downtown area, and discovered this nifty little coffee shop and wine bar. More on that in my post on the last Friday of this month. Local libraries like to have local authors host events. As an Indie, I have also held events at small bookstores. I have yet to venture to the national chain stores.  One thing I did find out about book stores, is they expect a percentage of any book sales made. For this newbie, I’m happy to do that—it’s all about getting my name out there still!

 

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rem“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

 

I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, Tessa in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.

 

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

 

Tessa and Clara Bess are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print, with the third book in the series, Cissy, coming out in September of this year.   I also have several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, http://maryblowers.com, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. I will also be working on a personal compilation of poetry to be released in 2016 as well.

 

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