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When a Book Releases

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Who the Bishop Knows will officially release on March 6, so today I thought I’d share with you what happens when a book releases. TherWho the Bishop Knows - Sharable 2e was a time when a book release meant a flurry of signings at bookstores and possibly a book tour. Times have changed though, and in our virtually oriented world, book releases look different. Activities before, the day of, and in the weeks after include:

Before:

  • Send a list of potential influencers to my publisher. These are usually people with blogs who are willing to read and review the book.
  • Send marketing material to my street team members–bookmarks, business cards, and of course they will receive a copy of the book too.
  • Build anticipation on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Answer interview questions. Both my publisher, Harvest House, and Family Fiction magazine have requested interviews. I’m very excited about these pieces and will share the links as they become available.
  • Sharing early reviews. We’ve had wonderful reviews from Romantic Times as well as several Christian fiction bloggers.

Release Day:

  • There’s a big on-line push the day of a book’s release.
  • I try to personally answer all the posts congratulating me on the release of my book.
  • Lots of giveaways are usually taking place, so I share those as well.
  • I like to share the book’s origins, details and pictures about the setting, and giveaway fun things that I’ve purchased while visiting the area.

The Weeks After:

  • Promotion doesn’t stop the day after your book launches. In many ways it’s just getting started.
  • Appear at author talks and discuss the inspiration for the book. I love having Q&A at these events.
  • Share reviews, accolades, and any follow-up giveaways

While all of this is going on, guess what else an author is doing? Writing the next book. That’s probably the most important thing to do. When readers finish a book, you know what they want.  Another book.

Now it’s your turn. Tell me some fun things you’ve seen done for a “book launch.” Or maybe something you’ve thought of that no one has done yet. I’m all ears! Remember, leave a comment below, and I’ll draw one winner from each post’s comment section. If your name is drawn, I’ll send you a paperback book of my choice from my supply closet. If it’s one you already have, you can donate the unsigned copy to your local library or a friend. Last post our winner was Karen T.

Blessings,

V

Who the Bishop Knows Giveaway - For VannettaAnnouncements for this week:

Pick a Memory

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It seems that during the holiday season, more than any other time of year, our thoughts turn to special memories. That’s probably completely normal. It’s also probably normal for many of those memories to be happy and a few to be sad. It’s important for us to remember the people who had such an influence on us, who are a big part of who we turned out to be.piano 001

I love to look back over pictures of Christmas as a child, the houses where we used to live, Continue reading

Conference Craziness

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Why bother going to a conference?

Authors spend a lot of money to attend conferences. As a teacher, I did the same thing but the school district paid for it. When an author goes to a conference, they pay all expenses. So is it worth it? Why bother? The answer to that depends where you are in your writing career. I attended the ACFW conference in Grapevine, Texas last week for several reasons. IMG_0604

1. I wanted to meet up with my agent. Steve Laube is based out of Phoenix, AZ, so we don’t get to see each other much. Conference is a good time to touch base, discuss upcoming contracts, and talk about baseball cards. (Wait–that was Steve and my husband who talked Continue reading

Bishop Henry is BACK

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When the Bishop Needs an Alibi 12-12-16New Release–When the Bishop Needs an Alibi

I’m thrilled to announce the release of book 2 in my Amish Bishop series. When the Bishop Needs an Alibi is now available in stores everywhere.

Hopefully you’ve read What the Bishop Saw and met Henry Lapp. Henry is the best of all the pastors I’ve known. He’s wise and kind and friendly. He cares about his flock. He loves doing Continue reading

Why Dystopian

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I’m so excited to let you know that Deep Shadows, book 1 in my dystopian series, The Remnant, is now on sale for 99 cents! It doesn’t get any better than that, unless it’s free. Speaking of free, Overshadowed, the prequel to this series is free all the time (ebook only).

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I thought it would be fun to answer some of the most frequent questions I receive about this series.

Q. What is dystopian anyway? I’ll skip the fancy, academic definitions. Dystopian books deal with the future (in this case, the near future), and they portray a world that isn’t quite as perfect as we’d like it to be.

Q. Why did you write that? I like challenging myself with questions like Would I be smart enough to… Many times the answer to that is maybe at best! My mom knows a lot more about practical living than I do, but I like to think that I could learn. In many ways, this series asks if I could live a plain and simple life. (Remind you of something else I’ve written?)

Q. What point did you hope to get across? That God’s grace is always enough, regardless our circumstance. That maybe it would be good if we got to know our neighbors a little better. That simpler makes sense. That teenagers are smarter than we often give them credit for. And that we are all stronger when we pull together.

Q. Is their faith in this story? Yes, there is! I can’t imagine writing about main characters who don’t have their feet set firmly on the truth of scripture. Which doesn’t mean their perfect. Shelby and Max and Carter have their doubts, they struggle with questions of why, and they sometimes don’t know what they should do in a situation. But always, they fall back on their faith.

Q. Will you still write Amish books? Yes! What the Bishop Saw is a new Amish mystery series set in Colorado and will release 5-1-17.

Now it’s your turn. If you have a question, let me know.

Blessings,

V~

Announcements for this week:

  • Deep Shadows, book 1 in my dystopian series is now 99 cents with all ebook vendors.
  • Overshadowed, the prequel to this series is free all the time (ebook only).
  • Sarah’s Orphans is currently $3.19 and Anna’s Healing is $2.99 in the Amazon Kindle store.
  • Raging Storm recently received a 4 star review from Romantic Times. This is the 2nd book in my series The Remnant and will release 1-31-17. If you pre-order, Amazon offers a price guarantee. If the price goes down between now and release, you’ll receive the lower price.
  • Paperback versions of Deep Shadows, Raging Storm, and What the Bishop Saw are all under $9 at ChristianBooks.com.