Posted in Craft of writing, Marketing, Promotion

Promoting my Book Locally

Sometimes it is difficult to find an audience for your book and the process is time consuming. But a recent opportunity came along that I couldn’t pass up. The Comfort, Texas, Public Library had its annual Read-A-Thon Saturday, March 30, 2019. I was invited to read and exhibit my book, At Home in the World: Travel Stories of Growing Up and Growing Away.

A small but faithful crowd came to hear local community members read from their own book or a favorite – children and adult stories, scenes, essays, poetry; fiction and nonfiction.

Caren Richardson of Fredericksburg (photo above and below) read poetry from different sources. The first was about a horse; therefore the reason for her painting of a horse at her feet below.

Along with my travel memoir, At Home in the World, I also took the Story Circle Network’s (SCN) recent anthology, Inside and Out. I have a published essay in the book. Carol Wichman (below right with her friend on the left) saw the SCN’s book and said she was a member who reviews books for the organization.

She volunteered to review At Home in the World for hundreds of women readers across the nation who are members of Story Circle Network. Thanks, Carol!!!

What a wonderful way of sharing my books and my writing in other publications with readers and writers alike.

Thanks to the Comfort Public Library for this opportunity to promote my book.

What other ways can you promote your book in local community events and venues? Share your ideas below with our readers. Thanks!

Posted in Craft of writing, Submitting for Publication, Writing

WOW! Women on Writing publishes my essay: Finger Gone Rogue, Writing Gone Mute

Some of you will recall me sharing with you last year that I almost lost a finger but saved it by getting Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). Good news came from that unfortunate experience.

Life often gives us our stories. We bring them to life for others by writing them.

Publication life is fraught with rejections; nevertheless, this story produced two publications for me. These two publications make the point of the story even more real and robust.

  1. I submitted this limited-word story for a membership-only audience. It was accepted by the Story Circle Network. (See their site for a membership application, online courses, and story contests.)
  2. Later I fleshed out the story in full detail for a different publication opportunity. WOW! Women on Writing accepted it for their Tales from the Trenches competition and published it today. (See their site for online classes, story contests, and more.)

Both organizations are committed to the writing of women and seeing that it gets published. Don’t overlook these two online resources for writing inspiration and an opportunity to develop your craft of writing !!!

Read my story online at WOW! Women on Writing, Finger Gone Rogue, Writing Gone Mute.