Life After the Book Launch
Busy. Really busy. Sadly, not in the direction I would like, but I've been too busy.
I am a hairstylist in all the hours that I can't get away to focus on writing or publicizing what I have written. And we have been in the depths of "holiday season" since I had my original book launch on November 3rd. Which means hours and hours of standing behind the chair making everyone beautiful for their family gatherings, which I am happy to do, mind you, however, not a lot of time has been spent getting the book out to the public. No book signings have been added to my calendar, no speaking engagements have been reserved for the new year, book sales are slow, writing the next book is even slower. And I thought writing the book was the hard part! Since I do not have the support of a major publishing company to put my name out there and book events for me, I am on my own. It seemed like a brilliant time to release a book so I could catch the windfall of Christmas gift-giving, and I still think its a great opportunity, but I've really dropped the ball at getting it out there. There is still so much I need to learn.
On a positive note, I've been getting a lot of positive feedback by those who have read Captive Heart!! The reviews on Amazon.com are good and people who take the time out of their day to come and talk to me tell me that they have enjoyed it. It warms my heart. I am so flattered by the response and inspired to keep moving forward. Luckily nothing has been said about keeping my day job or go live under a rock... I find that encouraging!
I've been so busy earning my paycheck that I haven't had time to get away and travel (which is when I do my best writing and visit my grandbabies). So, I need to shift up my priorities and get busy getting Elizabeth Bourgeret on everyone's radar! So I can in turn, set down the scissors and pick up the pen!
I could really use your help if you wouldn't mind. If you participate in any book clubs and need a guest author... it could be me. If you blog on-line and could drop the name of Captive Heart or the author (me!)... awesome. If you could recommend this website or even my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/EBourgeret)... so grateful. If you could stop by your local bookstore and ask them to carry Captive Heart... sweet! If anyone would like to invite me to speak at their church or small groups and allow me to sell books there, I would greatly appreciate it. If you have read Captive Heart and could give it a review on Amazon... oh...it would help so much! It's so easy to get distracted and run out of time for everything, but I'm trying.
As if my plate isn't already spilling over, I am working on a few new projects. (As I am told to get something else out to the public while there is momentum - even a small amount!) I am excited about these, and by telling you about them here, in advance, it holds me accountable. So now I HAVE to write them!
First, there is a new fiction romance coming called Waiting for the Sun. It's about a woman that was thrown into a divorcee life so she turns her darkest hour around to start a new life and opens her home to foster children. I am really excited about this story and there are some twists and turns that I hope will get you excited about it too! It holds the opportunity to become part of a series. I hope that it will be released in Spring of 2014.
Second, there's a small, fun non-fiction book called Pillow Talk. It offers fun ways to get to know your significant other a little more or to develop a budding relationship to the next level. That looks to be the next item out, with any luck this Spring or early Summer.
And finally, an untitled non-fiction work all about love. The ups and downs, the pleasure of it and the pains, the wholeness of it and the emptiness. I have been working and researching this one for quite some time and am really working hard to put it together into an awesome manuscript. Love. It's our common denominator. Everyone has felt it in some way or another. This book will touch on many aspects of the most famous of emotions. I am hoping that this book will also launch into a series of speaking engagements. Love. What a great subject to write about! Don't you think? I have NO idea when I'll get finished with this one. It's a doozy!
Well, there you have it. Insight into the mind of Elizabeth. Scary, I know. But I am so happy that you are here with me and helping me stay balanced and keep a forward momentum. I am happy to get your e-mails (firstname.lastname@example.org) and comments here and on Facebook! Keep them coming!
I do hope you are enjoying your holiday season and are taking some time out for you and your family. I'm one to talk, I know, but believe me, I may let my writing and promoting slip, but my family is always on the top of my list!
Until next time! Buy my book! (See? I'm promoting...)