Friday, August 31, 2007

Celebrity Black Book - Free!

Well, this is a good deal. The 2007 Celebrity Black Book is now available for free. There's just a $9.95 US shipping charge. ($19.95 for international orders.)
Click here to order it. I just ordered mine. It's been seen in "Us Weekly, Autograph Collector, Entrepreneur, Book Marketing Update, & More". I highly recommend it.

It's a great resource for authors to get endorsements for their books. Currently, I'm working on Rachael Ray and am getting nowhere. But, I'll never give up!

Maybe I'll try Stephen King, what do you think? It can't hurt. He seems like a nice guy.

Take care.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Adirondack Nighmare is Ready to Give $100 Cash!

Ok, the book sweepstakes count is at 98. I only need 2 more people to send in a proof of purchase for the book and we draw the winner! I'm psyched to see who wins it. It's been a fun promotion.

Wow, I'm a pretty horrible photographer. The above is a picture of the 98 tickets from book buyers for the promotion. It's in my office now and why did I take the photo in front of a window? Duh.

Good luck to everyone who's participated and thanks so much for the support!
Take care.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Great Book Signing And Online Course With Anastasia Suen

Our book signing at The Bookstore Plus went well. It was so great to see John Briant and his wonderful wife, Marge, again. The weather was wonderful!

Nick and I sold six books, John did MUCH better. He has quite a following and it was interesting and informative to watch how he interacted with people. He's such a "people person". I wish I had more of that skill.

I've also just finished a fantastic online writers workshop titled: "School Visits 101" by Anastasia Suen. I learned so much from this independent study workshop. It was worth every penny of the $75 fee plus more. I simply can't recommend it enough. Anastasia has "sold 100 book manuscripts: board books, picture books, easy readers, and chapter books (including a book for adults about how to write children's books)". She's also written articles for textbooks and magazines. What an inspiraton she is! Thanks, Anastasia!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

My Book Order Form Is A Nightmare...With or Without The Adirondacks!

Well, now that I've had some downtime with the book, I decided to revamp my order form. It was suggested to me by a fellow blogger and she's right, mine was a mess.

Here's the new form. I think it's pretty straightforward and a bit neater. I haven't had any orders from my web site yet so I'm curious to see if this helps.

I also added a button to direct folks to this blog on each web site page. A blog button used to be on just my home page and I think that made things look inconsistent. I'd been putting it off, to be honest, as it's pretty monotonous!

Tomorrow, Nick and I will go to The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid for a signing with John Briant of the Adirondack Detective book series. It might be cool but I'd rather have that than heat any day. Here's to hoping the rain holds off!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Adirondack Nighmare Hits The Newspapers

Wow, I'm a bit overwhelmed right now!

First, on August 8th, the Tupper Lake Free Press put our book news release, verbatim, in their popular regional newspaper. Our release was originally written by Shel Horowitz and I strongly recommend his services. I can't speak highly enough about his work. I've tweaked the release a bit but it's basically his skilled writing which got us in print.

Second, on August 9th, Geoff Hayward, Features Editor of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, gave us a WONDERFUL review of the book. He really understood that it's for "reluctant readers" without my pointing it out. He even put the front cover of the book in his review. I think I'll start marketing it that way more often. Hey, I used to be a "reluctant reader" and now I've turned into a reading machine! Well, almost.

Third, on August 10th, Lisa Bramen of the Glens Falls Post Star put this blurb about our book in her paper! (I'm not sure how long the link will last but what the heck.) Notice how she lists where she thinks people should be able to buy the book. Now I can follow-up with those places to be sure they have it in stock .

How did I do it? I mailed a copy of the book with the inside cover stamped in red, "NOT FOR RESALE". I encluded a print copy of our news release and a CD-ROM which contained separate files of:
The News Release
Book Endorsements
Author Bio
Author Picture
Front Cover of the Book
Where To Buy The Book

I've sent this to five papers, follwed up with two so far, and got in print three times in one week! In three days!

We've got a big book signing in Long Lake tomorrow at Hoss's Country Corner. It's called the Adirondack Author's Fair and I'm hoping this exposure will help. There's going to be 75 authors there and Nick and I will be attending.

Wish us luck?

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Adirondack Nightmare Is Selling Like Hot Cakes, Rachael Ray!

Well, I just got an order from my book distributor, North Country Books, Inc., for 40 copies and one retailer, Raquette Lake Supply Company, just reordered! Theresa said she's down to three copies and needs more! You betcha!

Now, back to Rachael Ray. I haven't heard from her regarding an endorsement for the michigan sauce recipe in the book. Hmmm, I'm quite surprised. I just called John Rosen's office at the William Morris Agency. He's Rachael Ray's contact person. When I tried her office at the Food Network, the mail room guy said he sent it to her New York office. Anyway, I still haven't spoken to John (or is it Jon?) but John's assistant took down the information again.

The Devil Wears Prada, anyone?

Ok, time to do my running around and get my act together. Take care.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Adirondack Daily Enterprise & A Great Stephen King Interview

I'm sitting here, blogging away, trying to find ways to plug our book. Just did a follow-up phone call with a regional newspaper, The Adironadack Daily Enterprise, and Editor Geoff Hayward said we'd be in this weekend's issue. He's passed the book along to a colleague and she's going to read it to her grandkids. I look forward to the artcle, fer sure! Geoff's been really nice to work with.

Ok, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise hasn't interviewed Stephen King, at least not that I know of, but I did find a great online interview with the "King of Horror", Stephen King, On The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. I found it to be very candid and interesting.

Hey, cool. I just opened my mail and there was an entry for our $100 cash sweepstakes. SOMEONE JUST BOUGHT A BOOK! Time to update the number on the web site!

Take care,

Friday, August 3, 2007

Adirondack Nightmare at The Chronicle Book Fair!

I can't believe how long it's been since I've posted. Shame on me! Well, to be fair, I have just closed one video store. Under One Roof Video in Morrisonville is now a goner and the closing went very smoothly. I still have some inventory there to bring over to the Plattsburgh store to sell. It's been hard to finish that task because this past week has been our annual family vacation week. We've had a great time and I only wish I could have taken more time off to visit with everyone.

About the book...we're in a very large author's fair in October. I'm so excited! It's The Chronicle Book Fair at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls. Cathy DeDe has been wonderful to work with. It will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Great, just got a room booked for us for only $89.

One of our next signings is in Lake Placid. It's at The Bookstore Plus on Main St. from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.and we're signing with John Briant, the author of the Adirondack Detective book series. What a wonderful guy! We met him and his wife, Margaret, at the Old Forge Author's Fair. Margaret cracks me up, she's hilarious. John and I swapped autographed books and I can't wait to see them again.