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A Pleasant Shock

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I had a pleasant shock today.  Daughters of Deliverance  rated ONE out of Amazon’s  top 100 free Inspirational Fiction books.  There’s still time for you to put Daughters of Deliverance  on your Kindle for  free through January 31. I check those numbers every day and there were days when it didn’t rank at all in the top 100.You can always buy either Kindle or print through Amazon books.

Publishing a book includes leaving yourself open not only to criticism but to undeserved praise.  I’m so thankful for the more than thirty readers who’ve taken the time and made the effort to write a review on Amazon. ( I need more! )

Here’s an example which encourages me to do all I can to see that  The Queen’s Daughters is published September 1,2017.

Although this is historical fiction set in the late 1800’s, the issues are as contemporary as today’s headlines. This is the story of Dr. Kate Bushnell, whose deep and authentic compassion for exploited women is matched only by her unflinching courage in the face of opposition. A good read. I’m eagerly waiting for the sequel, “The Queen’s Daughters”, which will complete the story of this extraordinary life.

I received a review that excited me several days ago which  opens up a whole new readership I hadn’t expected.Since teen-agers are so worldly-wise these days,they would understand  Kate’s passion to release women from sex-slavery.

While I was staying at my grandmothers house, I read your book ” Daughters of Deliverance.” I want you to know that I really like it and I think that you did a really good job writing that book.  I can’t wait for the sequel. Henna, 16 years old. ”

Since teenagers are so worldly-wise these days,they would understand  Kate’s passion to release women from sex-slavery.This  opens up a whole new readership I hadn’t expected.

 

 

 

Down to the wire/almost

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Down to the wire/almost

Twelve days till launch day.  Daughters of Deliverance will become public.

Amazon has already posted it , but no one can buy, or even review it until December 1, 2016. I have a small stash of books in preparation for the launch party on that night. Invitations have been issued, cookies and cider ordered, and door prizes arranged.

A special list of readers have a one-time-read- only-file  in the hopes that they will write a glowing– or even not so glowing– review for Amazon. Evidently Amazon’s algorithms will determine if my book has drawn in enough reviews to give it a boost.

The promo cards arrived from the printer which I’ll use to invite people to the launch party.  You probably won’t be in the vicinity that night to attend , but I shared the card above so you may know how to buy the book for yourself.*

I learned recently that  129,864,880 books have been published in all of modern history according to Google algorithms.  That makes  Daughters of Deliverance the 129,864,881st book to see the light of day. Which may make my contribution to the world’s wealth of literature infinitely small and unimportant, but the value  of Katharine Bushnell’s life and work among mistreated  women has impacted countless lives.

*The book’s description reads:  1886 Kate begins work with women in Hell’s Half Acre, then on to the white-slavery dens in Wisconsin’s brutal lumber camps.  Trusting God, she sends her report to the governor.  Will he listen to the plight of these young women?  Or brand her a liar?

Good intentions

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Somewhere underneath the pile of paper on my desk is a to-do list from a month ago.  My plan– to write on my blog every Saturday.

Here I am — lost the list –and haven’t written a word.

But there’s progress. Today I’m writing a blog twenty-four hours ahead of schedule to let you know how things are progressing with my latest book, Daughters of Deliverance.

I see it on Amazon– that’ s almost as exciting as holding the print book in my hand. Amazon is clever — they’ve put the teaser out: the cover, the price, a few words to intrigue you.  But the launch  date is almost a month away. Someone wrote me yesterday that she has already ordered a copy!!

This blog is just a teaser as well.  You can read Daughters of Deliverance now if you are willing to write a review by December 1.  Contact me through this blog, or on my Facebook and I’ll send you the information, not only how to get a pre-launch ebook, but even how to put a review on Amazon.  And they are clever too.  No help from them until the reviews start rolling in.  So write a few words — even if you didn’t like the book (how could you). Every review counts.

Here’s a word from the Psalms that I keep on my desk to encourage me — and now you.

The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Thy loving kindness, O Lord, is everlasting Do not forsake the word of Thy hands.  .Psalm 138:8

Lorry

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To Market, To market. . .

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To Market, To market. . .

Marketing is not my profession nor preference. In the good old days, I sent a manuscript to the publisher who had given me a contractor, and basically they did everything else. (Course they didn’t always sell a lot of books!)

Things have changed.  The fun stage of writing and editing (yes I enjoy that part) , and seeing the proofed copy on line are over.  Now I’m in the difficult stage — between writing and selling. It’s called marketing, and in this day, the author carries a lot of that responsibility.

So for the last few weeks I’ve been trying to figure out a marketing plan that would produce results right away!  Since Daughters of Deliverance will come out on December 1, just in time for  Christmas  shopping, it’s the ideal season. The problem is that there are just too many options–many options– which require knowledge and experience using social media. Here’s what I mean:

Launch party–for real, with snacks and door prizes

  • Facebook launch party–online, no snacks 🙂 but free books
  • Blog
  • Book blog tour
  • Online book club
  • Email
  • Getting Reviews
  • Flyers produced and printed for handouts
  • Bookstore connections
  • Video interviews
  • Twitter
  • Goodreads
  • and more!

What’s most important — and what’s least productive? For your good advice,  I’ll send you a free copy of my biographical  fiction based on the life of Katharine Bushnell, MD,  advocate for women caught in white slavery in the 19th century.  Watch for Daughters of Deliverance coming out December 1.

Hope you like my creative formatting. The list was supposed to be in a straight line after dots, but I rather fancy WordPress’s design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two books is like having twins in the birth canal

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Two weeks ago I received a contract for the second book in the series about Katharine Bushnell.  Kate, M.D. is a strong, resilient , courageous woman who encountered sex slavery in the nineteenth century and grappled with it as fiercely as a dog with a bone.

In my coming blogs I’ll talk more about Kate and the not-too-distant-in- the-future  publishing date.  But now I want to talk a little about the publishing process.Anyone who has offered a book to a publisher knows you wait — and wait– and wait.  You keep contacting your editor to see that he’s done everything that he can do.  He has.

But you can understand why I was anxious.  I’m 88 year old — even if you turn 88 around it’s still 88.  But like my brother who is 84, he could mistakenly type 48.  This is a great time of life for me. I’m healthy, no metal parts, and still love to write.  Besides that I don’t have to plan meals, cook them, clean the kitchen and flop on the couch too tired to do anything else. Like last night, I ate a light dinner (had a virtual feast in the Bistro at noon) and worked until ten-thirty.

But getting back to waiting.  Boundless (we’ll call book number one that) had been with another publisher for over a year.  In that process they asked would I please rewrite the book.  I did, and still waited– and then they said “no.”

But in the meantime my editor had found another publisher who was interested. So we managed to keep the two in hand– and when the first said no, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas said “yes.”

So after ten years in the process (far too long to use the birth canal idiom) I actually had a contract and an editor who knew how to gently pull the best out of me.  I’ll probably write about that sometime.

My title says “two books,” and yes book two, The Queen’s Daughters, was accepted two weeks ago. And the process begins all over again.

I don’t know many writers, so most people around me aren’t interested in hearing about the publishing process. Writing back cover copy, a synopsis of your book which took ten years in 35 words, how an endnote line has appeared at the top of the last 75 pages of the manuscript and you don’t know how to get rid of it–  maybe you’re interested.

If so, hang in there, and when I get back to writing my blog — sooner than four months like my last one — I’ll tell you more  of what it takes to publish a book.