Today is a big day. Really big. CAPITAL LETTER BIG!! 😉 Why? Today our new, interactive GiG devotional book, TRUSTING GOD, A GIRLFRIEND IN GOD FAITH ADVENTURE releases. Woohoo! (Happy dance with us!)
God called Sharon, Mary and I to write this. We believe that the message of this book will bring women to a deeper place of faith because it is stuffed with Scriptures and stories that are purposed to connect the heart of each reader to the heart of God.
Because you are a friend to this ministry: we do life together. So that makes you the best people to share this book with those in your circle of influence! Bottom line: we need your help in getting the word out… and would sincerely appreciate it.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Here’s a list:
There are so many ways to help spread the word and start a “buzz” about a new book and you’ll never know how much the author appreciates readers who do that!
Not everyone will feel comfortable or have the means to drop leaflets while parachuting from an airplane, but on the list below, you’ll find at least one thing that will be a perfect fit with the ways God has gifted you.
•Write a review for the book on online bookstores such as:
http://www.amazon.com – Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/vkImXE
http://www.barnesandnoble.com – Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/tmpvfG
http://www.christianbook.com – Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/v4CxUj
•Write a review at one of the many online book review sites, including:
http://www.goodreads.com – Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/uuZCv8
•As soon as you start reading the book, post a comment and/or link to your facebook profile page, or send a tweet on Twitter letting friends and followers know you’re reading (and enjoying!) the book.
•At http://www.christianbook.com you can recommend books via an e-mail link that will take your friends right to the page of the book you’re promoting.
•Recommend the book as a featured title for a church book discussion group (or start your own bookclub! We call these “GiG Groups”.). This is especially appropriate because the book has discussion questions for each of the 12 weeks.
•Start a discussion about the book on your blog or on e-mail loops you’re a part of.
•If you have a website or write a newsletter, consider featuring books you’ve read and enjoyed.
•Add the book to your list of favorites on myspace, facebook, shoutlife, or other online communities.
•After reading and reviewing the book, give it away as a prize in a drawing on your website or blog.
•Donate your influencer copy to your public library or church library when you’re finished reading it. Better yet, share your copy in other ways and buy a second copy for the library.
•Print out a review you’ve written, or other reviews of the book and give them to your public or church librarians for consideration.
•Hang out in your local bookstore and “hand sell” the book by talking it up to customers shopping in the faith department.
•Talk to the clerks in any bookstores and libraries you visit and ask if they carry the book. If not give them a short book report and recommend they order a few copies.
•When visiting bookstores, do a little creative rearranging to turn the book face out on the shelves. Use good judgment and don’t hide one book to promote another. Also keep in mind that in some stores front-table space is paid for by the publisher, so don’t “steal.”
•Offer to write a book review for your church newsletter, neighborhood newspaper or any other printed source that might reach readers.
•At your next women’s retreat, volunteer to organize a book table, where you will feature the book.
•Offer to organize a blog tour for the author, setting up a week when numerous blogs will feature the book and interviews with the author. (How fun would this be, bloggers!?)
•When you’re finished with the book, tuck it into a gift basket for someone who is ill or in the hospital; or take it to your next dinner party as a hostess gift.
•Leave the book in a waiting room where someone with a few extra minutes might start reading it.
•Prison ministries are always looking for encouraging books to distribute. Check out groups like Prison Book Project.
•Word-of-mouth is still probably the number one way books hit bestseller lists, so simply start conversations about the book. Tell your friends and family what you’ve been reading and why you enjoyed it so much.
•Drop leaflets as you parachute out of a plane.
(Note: Portions of this list was written by Deborah Raney, who is a novelist herself. I copied it from a post on my friend MaryBeth Whalen’s blog. A big thank you to Deborah for creating this list and to MaryBeth for posting it!)
Blessings and Thanks!!!