Writing life

Blog Tour for John 3:16 Marketing Network

Writing a book isn’t easy. You spend hours, months, maybe even years culling through and refining ideas, researching information, and writing draft after draft after draft. Many people tend to think that the author’s job is finished once she signs a contract with a publisher – that editors at the publishing house make every sentence sparkle, marketers plan and implement national publicity campaigns, and book store managers automatically purchase multiple copies to feature in their front window display.

Granted, some of those things can come true to a certain degree. But for the average author – especially one who isn’t a household name – handing off the manuscript to her editor is just the first step on a whole new leg of the journey.

One of the biggest jobs that falls to an author these days is marketing. Literary agents, editors, and publishing houses want to know up front what kind of marketing plan or potential reach an author has. Yes, they’ll still help with marketing to a certain extent. But they want to know who the author knows or who the author has access to that can help spread the word about a book. They want to know how many people follow the author’s blog, how many hits her website gets each month, how many friends or contacts she has on social networks, how people she knows through organizations or groups can help create a following for her.

In other words, they want to know how the author plans to create buzz for her book and help get it noticed. And the better potential she has to reach her target audience, the better her chances at getting attention.

I mentioned in my post a few days ago that I was a new member of the John 3:16 Marketing Network. J316 is a network of Christian authors who help increase awareness of each other’s books and create some of that momentum an author needs to get noticed. An author in the network schedules a release date for her book and invites others in the network to participate in the launch. She helps them prepare by providing information on the book, potential interview questions, photos, etc. I don’t know that I’ll be able to participate in everyone’s launches, but I hope to help however I can. And the cool thing is, with so many authors coming together on the same day, the author with the launch can offer some pretty nifty prizes on that specific day. I’ll have all the details here on those days.

The network is still fairly new and we’re still letting people know about it and trying to connect with other authors who want to participate. We actually kicked off a promotional campaign yesterday and have several of our authors hosting a blog tour over the next few days.

Click here to learn more about the blog tour and where each day’s stop will be. You might even be able to stock up on some free e-books or other gifts from the authors who are participating. I hope you’ll check it out!

Book Love

Book Launch: Completely Whole by Paulette Harper

I’m a new member of the John 3:16 Marketing Network, a group of Christian authors who connect with each other and help promote each other’s book launches. I’ll have more about that later, but wanted to let you know about the launch of author Paulette Harper’s new book, Completely Whole, and the specials you can take advantage of if you order a copy today.

Paulette is a much sought after speaker, certified life coach, minister and author. As an inspirational and motivational speaker, her desire is to motive women to reach their God given potential through conferences, workshops and seminars. As a writing coach, Paulette is the visionary behind “Write Now” (releasing the word in you) literary workshops designed to coach aspiring writers in the areas of creativity, development and publication of Christian books. Paulette has authored several other books, including That Was Then, This Is Now, This Broken Vessel Restored. She is the co-author of Victorious Living for Women and just released Victorious Living for Moms.

About Completely Whole: Oftentimes, many people try to seek fulfillment from money, relationships, accomplishments, or material things. Others choose to cope with difficult problems by using drugs or alcohol, but they often come up short and one day must face the fact that those things don’t bring true happiness and fulfillment in life. So how can we successfully solve the problems that we face and find true happiness and peace in our lives? Paulette Harper uses Completely Whole to show readers how to overcome suffering caused by alcoholism, substance abuse, poverty, and other obstacles blocking the path to a life of wholeness in spirit, soul, and body.

The resource-filled guide provides readers with practical and biblically-based solutions to overcome everyday problems. Completely Whole features prayers, meditations, and powerful scripture passages to allow readers to interact with the text and to apply it to their own lives. Paulette uses personal experiences and biblical principles to place readers on a path to be in connection with God. This life-changing book will help readers to transform their spirit, soul, and body through Jesus Christ, so they can live a life of peace, joy, and fulfillment.

Special for Today Only – Monday, May 9 — Buy a copy of Completely Whole by Paulette Harper and get immediate access to amazing Free Bonus Gifts and contest giveaways.

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What others are saying…..

Author Harper is to be commended for the useful compilation of thoughtful chapters, application of scripture and use of her personal experiences to assist the reader(s) in their quest for spiritual wholeness.  Whether you are at a crossroad of your life or seeking to strengthen your walk with Christ, you will find valuable inspiration, encouragement and most of all, assurance that by choice you can become COMPLETELY WHOLE.

Dr. Linda Beed, Author

COMPLETELY WHOLE” is a guide one can refer to over and over again during times of need. Ms. Harper’s grasp of real life and her method of dealing with these situations truly make this guide a learning tool that can be used over and over again.

Tamarra Bryant, Literary Wonders Reviews

Book Love, Living in Faith

Book Review: Keeping the Faith

I”m about halfway through a book that many people might be surprised to see me reading — Coming Back Stronger by Drew Brees (the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints). My husband got it for Christmas and has glanced through it, but said he probably won’t read it until football season was over. Of course, that was right after the Saints beat our Falcons when we were nearing playoff time …

It’s been an interesting read, especially in terms of how Brees has fought back from a rotator cuff tear that many people assumed he’d never fully overcome. The story definitely is about his football career and how one thing has led to another, but he’s also open about being a Christian and what a big part it plays in his life. It weaves football and his personal life together all along the way, so it’s interesting to see how each area affects the other.  He’s authentic about giving the credit for his successes and determination where it’s due: God.

When I finish it, I’m going to encourage our son to read it. He’ll love the inside look at football. I’m hoping he’ll also pick up on some good things related to living out your faith in real life, even when the world keeps knocking you down.

Here’s one of my favorite paragraphs so far:

Faith is a gift from God, but it’s also a responsibility. It’s not enough to have it. You’ve got to live it out, even when times are tough. One of my favorite quotes is, ‘Your actions speak so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.’ In other words, don’t just say it; be it. (Coming Back Stronger by Drew Brees with Chris Fabry, c 2010, pg 134)

How true that is (and to think I found it in a book about football, LOL)! Faith is a gift from God, but it doesn’t do us (or anyone else) any good if we don’t put it into practice. Faith has to be exercised and tried out every day so it can keep growing stronger and support us. Otherwise it will shrink and shrivel and might not count for much of anything when we need it most.

One of my favorite Bible verses is Hebrews 11:1: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (ESV). That’s my goal for this week — to practice keeping my faith in God, no matter what happens along the way, no matter what I can or can’t see. How about you?