When Your Book Is Out, the Work Begins
“I thought you were done after you wrote the book,” said the young woman standing beside me at the presentation by p.m. terrell, author of Taking the Mystery Out of Promoting Your Book. (Learn more about Patricia at http://www.pmterrell.com/)
I was standing next to my pal Angie Fox–that’s Angie on the right. We’re holding copies of each other’s books. (Visit her at http://angiefox.wordpress.com/ ) I smiled at Angie, and she smiled back at me. “No, that’s just the beginning,” I said.
Truth is, I’ve never worked so hard in my life. I have a list of 30 promotional activities I’m trying desperately to pull off. My friend Shirley Damsgaard warned me. “Joanna, I know the kind of person you are. You’re going to have to come to terms with the fact you can’t do everything. Do what you can and move on.” (Visit Shirley at http://www.shirleydamsgaard.com/)
So what did I get done today, which is Sunday as I’m writing this?
* I wrote a column for the Suburban Journals, circulation 660,000.
* I designed and set out (with David’s help) my first Constant Contact e-blast announcing my book signing dates to our local friends.
* I wrote a post that will run in the Lipstick Chronicles on Saturday, October 18, thanks to the kindness of my friend and sister home-girl Elaine Viets. (She’s formerly from St. Louis.) ( See http://www.thelipstickchronicles.typepad.com/ )
* I began the judging of the Best of British Scrapbooking contest. One section, experienced scrapbookers, has more than 90 entries, and each entrance submitted six layouts. There are two sections. I have no idea how many are in section two, the new talents. I’m afraid to look. I’m happy to do this because the magazine provides great exposure for me in my UK market. Visit the ScrapBook inspirations blog at http://www.scrapbookinspirationsmagazine.co.uk/
* I bought some supplies for my upcoming visit to Scrapfest in Minneapolis