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A pelican pause

December 23, 2009 at 12:14 pm

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photos courtesy of sister Jill Weiss (from a real camera)

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Last minute holiday gift ideas – brought to you by, the Shameless Promotion Department!

December 21, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Let’s get right to it. If you click on some of these babies, you’re going to make some people (if not yourself) very happy. Now, start clicking!

Something Beyond Great

For your spiritually minded friends & family – click

Ultimate Gardener

For visions of nature, warmth and things that are beautiful and green: click

Crazy Aunt Purl’s

For anyone who laughs, knits, drinks wine, or just likes to pet their cat: click

Getting It Through My Thick Skull

So, you like true crime, or a good memoir, or you’ve just discovered you’re living with a sociopath: click

Vegan Yum Yum

For the foodies on your list: click

Staging Your Comeback

Best New Year, New You book of them all: click

Ultimate Dog

So, who doesn’t love dogs? Cat owners? They secretly do, trust me: click

Get Life You Want

Isn’t it time? Click

From Belly Fat

The grand finale book choice – something we all need post-eggnog, Christmas cookies and latkes: click

Be safe, be happy! Be full of good food, love, joy & books!

HOW COULD I FORGET THIS BABY????

Going Rouge

CLICK!

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To help you remember what’s under the snow…

December 20, 2009 at 3:24 pm

can you find the heron?

can you find the heron?

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Tiz the seezon of ooh la la!

December 19, 2009 at 10:45 am

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How it’s done: Creating a kick-a** press kit Q&A (a case study)

December 17, 2009 at 5:00 am

Everyone needs one.

Everyone with a book, that is.

Inside of your press kit, your little treasure chest of book materials designed to entice the media, there needs to be a prepared list of questions.

For my authors, I like to include a list of questions WITH answers. It’s a chance for a reporter or producer to get a flavor of the book and the author. It also provides them with a handy tool they can use in their own interview. (At the very least, there should be “suggested interview questions” somewhere in your cache)

If you’ve been following this blog for awhile,  you already know that I’m big on making the jobs of  producers and/or writers easier. I’m just that kind of publicist. And, for those times when media people come to your interview unprepared — having not read the book and/or are seeing your story for the first time, your prepared “author interview” can save the day.

The wonderfully gifted and witty Laurie Perry aka Crazy Aunt Purl, is about to release her second book with HCI.  It’s a February title but it already seems to be available on amazon.

Go figure. Timing is everything.

Except when it isn’t.

This one’s called “Home is Where the Wine Is.” She just turned in a Q&A to me that was so original, so inspired and so trademark ‘Crazy Aunt Purl’ funny, it inspired me to post this.

You may not be peddling humor like Laurie does, but it’s a really good idea to make sure that your unique voice comes through when talking about your book (or anything else, for that matter) in print and in person.

Have a look at this gem of a press kit piece. Read and learn (in between your giggles).

INTERVIEW WITH LAURIE PERRY:

1) The cover of your book has another pair of sexy legs in high heels. Are those your legs?

No. Have you seen me? We had to go with stunt legs.

2) What was your motivation to write the book?

Money! Fame! Celebrity endorsement deals for my cats.

3) Is it strange sharing so much of your life with complete strangers?

I don’t share everything and I do use pseudonyms when I can, although I’m running out of made-up names after this book. I always try to hold back a healthy amount of detail for my own privacy.  This book is really the first time I’ve ever talked in-depth about dating and I didn’t plan on that — I thought for sure if your private life became your material you’d have no private life — but really the only thing I got out of online dating were all these funny stories. Seemed like a shame not to tell them to someone! But it is a little weird for a guy to email me and ask if he was the inspiration for something I wrote, especially if it was about a really bad date.

4) What is your writing process?

Now that I quit smoking, I have no process. Writing this book was 100 times harder than Drunk, Divorced and Covered in Cat Hair… because back then I could smoke the whole time I was writing. So now I sit down and try to type stories out as fast as possible. I feel like I’m still a cub reporter trying to make deadline. I can’t tell if I’m writing funny essays or covering a trial.

5) If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

Deeply in debt, probably. Maybe locked away in a state home.

6) Sometimes your books end up shelved in the self-help aisle. Do you have any helpful advice for your readers?

Mostly, I want them to know that if they have also recently tried to sign up for a trial membership at a gym using a pseudonym, they are not alone.

7) Do you think you learned anything from your trial gym membership?

 

Yes! I learned that there is a whole tribe of people who are able to stand naked in a locker room and have a conversation with other naked strangers … and I am missing that gene. I am from a repressed, fully-clothed clan. I can’t even talk to myself naked.

8) You write about traveling alone for the first time. What was that like?

Surprisingly awesome. Since I wrote Home Is Where the Wine Is I’ve taken all sorts of other vacations by myself and now I’m officially a creepy solo person who roams the earth with a rolling carryon bag. I love traveling alone now, but it took that first trip to get me out of my little safety zone. I still can’t believe I admitted on paper that I bought special outfits and styled my hair just for a passport picture. I will probably wish we’d edited that out of the manuscript.

9) Are you a crazy cat lady?

You know, if a woman has a big 40-pound dog, people think, “Oh, chick with a dog! Cool!” If a woman has three cats, each weighing around ten pounds and totaling less than the sum weight of one border collie, people think, “Crazy cat lady!” It’s pet-induced discrimination.

10) Will there be another Crazy Aunt Purl book?
Maybe — it’s getting harder to tell stories and still have friends and family members who invite me to things. I may have to do a fiction version. Or I’ll have to change my name so I can date again.

p.s. sorry about the smiley face on question #8, I can’t seem to get rid of it. A good omen, maybe?

February '10 almost seems to far away for this one

Article courtesy of:

Kim Weiss, Director of Communications, HCI Books

And proprietor of Kim Weiss Publishing Services

http://www.helpmewithmybook.com

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