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Shiny! Book Launch and Signing Party! October 17, 2008

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It’s official.

My latest book, The Right Words for Any Occasion is out, and tomorrow (Saturday, October 18) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage Perk Coffee House in Taylor, Mich. is the Book Launch and Signing Party.

Book launches and signing parties being what they are, it usually means that you have to be at a physical bricks-and-mortar location to join in, which in this case is true too, unless that is, if you’re hundreds or thousands of miles (or oceans) away.

So what’s a girl to do, when she really wants to share the fun with her friends and family who are far away? She streams the event live on the Web, so that everyone who wants to be at the signing and launch who wants to but can’t be there can still be there virtually. It’s no Second Life, but it’ll just have to do.

The good thing is that the virtual attendees will still be able to get signed copies-if they purchase theirs before Sunday, October 19 at Midnight (Eastern time).  And … there’ll be a bonus gift give-away at the signing, which one lucky random Web participant will also get. How will the Web-winner be chosen? Simple…post a comment during the Live Broadcast of the Signing, and one of the commenters will be chosen by whomever wins the give-away at the live event

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Purchase your copy of The Right Words for Any Occasion – The handy guide for your letter writing needs for social, personal and business correspondence. Purchase before midnight Sunday, October 19 and you will receive a signed copy as part of the Book Launch and Signing Party. Purchase Here
  2. Tune in tomorrow, Saturday, October 18 starting at 2 p.m. Eastern time to join the fun ’til 4 p.m. Where? Here.
  3. Comment during the live broadcast and be entered to win the matching bonus gift give-away at the signing party at Heritage Perk. What can you win? A mini starter stationary wardrobe, of course. (Now you have to get the book to find out what I’m talking about.) (Specific commenting/gift eligibility rules will be posted right before the event.)

Hope to see you there (or here) tomorrow, Saturday, October 18 between 2 and 4 p.m. Eastern Time.
(And for you Wolverine fans…don’t worry, the event ends before Kick Off!)


Platforms are in the Air October 31, 2007

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If visions of Dalí-esque diving boards and planks of wood floating around a sky with dripping clouds are going through your mind, you’re probably not a writer. Lately in the writing circles—especially the non-fiction writing circles, there has been a lot talk about the importance of having a platform.  A what? Yeah, a platform—and you thought that all you needed was a fabulously irresistible, well-written manuscript.  The good thing is that you don’t need to head out to one of the big box hardware stores and buy two-by-fours, nails and a hammer, or call Norm Abram or Ty Pennington to your rescue. You probably already have the foundation of for a good platform and don’t even realize it. (No schematics or blueprints needed.)  I realized that about myself while working on two proposals, and ended up writing about the non-fiction writer’s platform in a three-part series for Inkwell Newswatch (IN), the monthly writing and literary e-zine for writers published by Freelance Writing Organization Int’l (FWOI).  Not only has writing about it helped my own platform, maybe reading about it will help yours too. (Okay, so maybe there are some schematics and blue prints out there.) Part one is in the October issue, with parts two and three following in the November and December issues.