First off, apologies for this being late. Our dog seemed sick this week. When we took her to the vet, they discovered medical problems requiring surgery we can't afford. So we lost our good old blue heeler, Yosefina, tonight. Anyway ...
My attempts at marketing our novella collection took some unexpected twists and turns last weekend. Marketing to me seems challenging. Like a lot of people I'm afraid of sounding proud and braggadocious as the kids say, but want to do my best to get the news out about what I've written.
Since Barbour Publishing released "Quakers of New Garden" as an e-book this fall, that gave me a hook, a reason to send out an e-mail update.
To my surprise, I heard back from the Levi Coffin House Association. They invited me to their annual banquet and gave me an opportunity to talk about my story, which was set at the historic home in Fountain City (Newport).
What made the event sweeter was talking to volunteers who remembered my late grandmother during her time as a volunteer. Several other folks know my parents. I have not lived in the area for almost 30 years so talking about family and old friends was refreshing.
The manager of the historic site said they are always glad to have more exposure for the house.
I also touched base with a reporter from my hometown paper, who mentioned that she planned to include my story in a round-up of other books by local authors.
At that point I made a vivid impression by discovering I had lost my car keys, so the reporter and Coffin House volunteers teamed up to help me find them. Glad to report that instead of dropping them down a storm drain as I had feared, they had slipped through a hole in the lining of my purse.
The next day my folks saved a corner of their table for books at the Richmond YWCA Christmas Village. There I got to talk to lots of people, sold a few books and later helped my parents folks pack up their artwork.
This attempt at marketing was a lot more fun than I expected!