Readings from Book Two at Urban Olive and Vine

If you publish independently, your work is cut out for you. You are going to be just plain invisible unless you understand that it’s all about networking.

This past July, an independent bookstore opened in Hudson, Wisconsin, so I put my marketing hat on and headed that way. I met Brian Roegge, gave him a copy of No Longer Afraid, and asked if he’d sell it in his store. He told me that he or his wife would have to read it first since I published it myself.

A couple of weeks later, I got an email from his wife, Sue. She thanked me for dropping off my book, she thought it was a wonderful story, and she offered to sell it in her store.
Needless to say, I was thrilled.

A couple of months later, Sue called to say that Urban Olive and Vine, a lovely restaurant owned by Kay Timm in historic downtown Hudson would be offering afternoon teas on Sundays in cooperation with Sue’s Chapter2Books. Sue would come up with the authors or presentations of interest to women. Kay would offer high tea (tea with sandwiches and dessert) or a la carte menu items to the women coming in for the presentations. A partnership was born.

Sue asked me if I would like to set a date to speak at one of the Sunday afternoon teas, and I didn’t turn her down. The date was set for December 4, 2011 from 2 to 4 in the afternoon. After I got off the phone, I began to worry. Why? Because I wondered if anyone would show up to hear about a book that’s been around for a year and a half, a book that all the book clubs have already read and so forth. I didn’t want Sue to order books she couldn’t sell, and I also didn’t want Kay to lose any money on the deal either.

It was then that I decided this would be the perfect time to start marketing Book Two. I just finished the second book in my series Home to Lake Louise with the working title of Enough with the Secrets. I’m going to spend some time looking for a publisher so it won’t be available for awhile, but I sure would enjoy talking about this project and reading some excerpts to anyone who is interested in finding out why Maggie’s mother, Claire, abandoned her daughters forty years earlier.

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