Archive | July, 2013

Marketing Thoughts

29 Jul

Heading into three weeks and counting before the big release of HGWK, I contacted Penny Sansevieri at Author Marketing Experts looking for information and estimates on doing a virtual book tour. She sent back her proposal today, so I’ll be reviewing the various packages she has suggested. Serendipitously (okay, that’s my favorite word today) my first blog interview for HGWK was posted by Book Country.

I’ve been a member of Book Country for months enjoying the writers’ community where I could upload draft copies of my chapters for review by my peers. As I do not currently belong to a writers group, Book Country filled that void for me. And being a published author, I contributed to the discussion boards where I could pass along some of the experience I’ve gathered over the years. If you haven’t checked out their site, now is the perfect time. They’ve included more genre types. I love the new look of their website now.

Just a short note for today. I need to work on the sequel tonight.



36 Days and Counting

23 Jul

At the stroke of midnight, Monday August 26th my paranormal dramedy Her Ghost Wears Kilts goes on sale. That’s thirty-six days from now. Cover image posted on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and my website with the release date: check. Blog set up for the book: check. Initial contact made to Author Marketing Expert services, Penny Sansevieri. Thirty-six days and so much still to do.

Postcards ordered with Ninth Moon promotional services. I’ve already received my promotion stickers with the cover image and release date. Next step is the postcards.

Need to research and send out celebrity endorsement requests. I don’t have a list made. Do I want to shoot for best-selling authors in the romance field or do I send to actresses I see as perfect for the protagonist? Sally Fields is the first name that comes to mind or Valerie Bertenelli, she’s always fun in a Lifetime made for TV movie. Time to subscribe to Contact Any Celebrity for at least a month and find addresses for sending out request letters.

I need to gather names for my Street Team, close friends and family who are willing to work at spreading the word about my latest book.

I understand two weeks before the release date, the eBook will be available for pre-orders. Do I focus most of my advertising energy to gain pre-orders or spread the news around but punch into high gear once the eBook is available? Do my readers want immediate gratification by reading the book as soon as it is purchased? Or patient enough to order early and remember to put HGWK at the top of their list once it is downloaded to their account? Decisions, decisions.

Stay tuned for more. I need to get a few pages written on the sequel and get plenty of sleep for my day job at Gorham Printing.

Sunday Dilemmas

21 Jul

It’s early morning and an entire day stretches out before me – no errands, no visitors expected. How do I fill the hours from the basket of writing possibilities? I don’t want to reach the end of “60 Minutes” tonight and play the shoulda, woulda, coulda game. That’s a given. But we’re running out of forks, so doing a load of dishes is a must sometime today. Think, think.

Do I block two-hour increments toward marketing for HGWK, which then has a list of subcategories I could block time for? One of which is reading my copy of “Red Hot Internet Marketing” by Penny Sansevieri and highlighting ideas and concepts. Read one chapter and make a to-do list – that’s a feasible goal. One post on Facebook, one tweet on Twitter, check. What about working on the sequel “Murder in the Castle” (working title)?A 72,000 word manuscript doesn’t write itself. The characters are tapping their toes wondering when it will be their turn to dazzle on a blank page. Goal today? One to three pages – a page a day finishes a manuscript in a year.

Baby steps – isn’t that what I always say in my classes? Whether a newbie writer or a well-published author with a new book on deck, don’t overwhelm yourself – succeed at a few things consistently, baby steps.

Now, do I hang a copy of the schedule on my back so that family members will respect my time? Hmm, why bother as they won’t see it from shouting my name from the next room. But I can pin it to the front of my shirt and remind myself of my priorities.  It’s my passion, my books are my dreams and no one is going to magically part the waters of responsibilities and life for me. I must demand the time of myself because I deserve it.

Ready? Begin!

Advance Reviews and Endorsements

17 Jul

Before your book is published, you need to build a list of possible readers, celebrities, known names you’d like have read your book and possibly provide an advanced review. Your list can include other authors in the same genre or field as yours, names that would lend credence to the quality of your work.

One name on my list to send an ARC (advanced review copy) was Cheril Vendetti, an incredible stand-up comic, chef and author. Her Ghost Wears Kilts is a romantic comedy and who better to request a quote from but a national entertainer and fellow author. The scary part? Will someone who makes a living making people laugh and feel good find my characters loveable? Ms. Vendetti was kind enough, during her busy schedule of appearances and travel, to not leave me chewing my fingernails for long. See her response below:

“I loved this book, it kept me interested from the first page, I could not put it down. Kathleen is a wonderful writer that knows her craft and makes you feel you are inside the pages with all the characters. Truly a delight. Man, can this woman write!”
                          — Cheril Vendetti, infamous stand-up comedienne aka “The Italian Floozy.” Author of a funny cookbook about Mobsters, mayhem, macaroni and of course her mother, called “MISTRESS OF THE MOB CUISINE.”

Take the risk and ask. What is the worst they could say, but no. Who would you like to see reading your book?

Upcoming Release

17 Jul

My latest romantic comedy is officially on the Crimson Romance website as an upcoming release. Don’t those words have a special sound? Maybe you have to be a writer to appreciate them. The only other thHer Ghost Wears Kilts, by Kathleen Shapuitsrill I could relate to them is a movie release. This new book would make an adorable Lifetime Made for Television movie. It’s fun, suspenseful and has a cast of memorable characters. But I digress (unless there is an agent or producer in the audience). August 26th at the stroke of midnight this eBook will be available for download. From what I understand pre-sales start two weeks before the release date.

This is my first venture with a romance publisher and I am proud to be chosen as one of the team with this new imprint of F&W Media: Crimson Romance. It will be interesting to experience the eBook edition released first and the printed edition early in 2014. Many of my Baby Boomer friends do not own an eReader yet. I

Her Ghost Wears Kilts, by Kathleen Shapuits

own a Kindle and my husband has one but we also have a house overcrowded with books.

So begins a new adventure. Come with me and find out the struggles and ecstasy of a new book’s launch into the world.