Archive for April, 2012

Great Tips: How Can You Help This Writer?

~ More on Nanci’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Writing a book takes a lot of disciple, a great idea, some cash, and a lot of prayers and support from other people. It’s not an easy task. Nothing is guaranteed. To me, that just meant I had to depend on God for everything.

In my case I wrote and researched for 30 months. After that I worked another 8 months with the publisher’s designer on the book’s layout. Writing is one of the few professions where you don’t get paid every two weeks for writing a book unless you have a big agent and get an advance on the number of books you’ll sell.

 Here are a few things you can do ~ tips for my readers ~ if you love THIS WRITER or maybe just even LIKE ME and want to help me bring these great resources to Ohioans and share the Good News as well. Thank you so much!

If You Love a Writer ~ by Eileen Flanagan

(from Eileen’s blog post of Friday, July 24, 2009 at 12:20pm)

After ten years of writing around my children’s schedules, I have a book coming out soon, and friends have been asking what they can do to support me. I’ve been touched by their offers and yet reticent to ask too much, especially of busy people in a tough economy. At the same time, the online writers groups I belong to are a buzz day and night with authors trying to figure out how to publicize their work before the entire publishing industry goes bankrupt. So, as a community service, I’ve decided to write up ten suggestions for all the people who love a book author who’s been fighting the publicity odds (Fellow writers, feel free to forward this link or add your own suggestions in the comment section.):

1. Buy your friend’s book. If you can afford it, buy it for everyone in your extended family.

BUT: If you can’t afford it, ask your local librarian to order a copy — or two! In fact, you can suggest it to your librarian whether you buy a copy yourself or not.

2. Don’t wait until Christmas or Hanukkah to pick up a copy. How it does in its first weeks determines whether a book will stay on the bookstore shelves or be sent back to the warehouse to be shredded (along with your friend’s ego). Try to buy it as soon as it’s published, or better yet pre-order a copy, which makes your friend look good and gets your friend’s publisher excited about the book’s prospects. An excited publisher will invest more in publicity, while a bookstore that is getting advanced orders is more likely to stock the book on its shelves.

3. Friends often ask where they should get the book, which is a tricky question. In the long-term, it is in every writer’s best interest to support independent booksellers (reader’s too, actually). If you don’t have a favorite one yourself, you can go to IndieBound to find one near you. When a book is newly released, however, it may help your writer friend more to buy it through a big chain, so they keep it stocked where the most people can find it. Likewise, a high sales rate on Amazon can get people’s attention, and if your friend’s website links directly to Amazon, she may be part of a program where she makes extra money when someone enters Amazon through the link on her website and then makes a purchase. I personally have links to several booksellers, on the theory that it’s good to spread the love around. (Family Christian Bookstore in Strongsville has it now).

4. If you genuinely like your friend’s book, write a review on Amazon or Goodreads, mention it on Facebook and Twitter, and recommend it to your book group.

5. If you’re friend’s book is sci fi, and you’re more of a Jhumpa Lahiri fan, say something like, “I’m so proud of you for following your passion,” and skip writing the review.

6. If your friend is a good public speaker, recommend her to your church, synagogue, mosque, ashram, kid’s school, Rotary club, etc. If you live far away, your friend might get to come visit you and write it off her taxes.

7. If you have a website or blog, link to your friend’s website. The more people who link to her, the better she looks to the search engines, which may help people who don’t already love her to find her book. To be really helpful, don’t link on the words “my friend,” but on whatever keywords your friend might be using to find her target audience. (For example, I would especially appreciate people using the phrase “Serenity Prayer” to link to my page About the Serenity Prayer.)

8. If your friend could legitimately be a reference on some Wikipedia page, add her as one, with a link to the most relevant page of her website. Authors can’t tout themselves on Wikipedia without getting a “conflict of interest” badge of shame, but there is nothing more fun for a writer than discovering a spike in her search engine traffic due to a link posted on Wikipedia. It’s kind of like having a secret Santa.

9. Don’t ask your friend if she has thought about trying to get on Oprah. Trust me– she’s thought of that. (Nanci: No, I never did and still don’t cause she is off the air.)

10. If you pray, go right ahead. It couldn’t hurt to pray she gets on Oprah or the New York Times Best Sellers List!

NOTE: If you genuinely like your friend’s book, write a review on Amazon.

Thank you for reading this post ~ and doing something for this writer!!

Make it a Great Day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

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April 27, 2012 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

New Bookstore Tab

~ More about Nanci’s book Fresh Hope … Cleveland

Today I added  a new Bookstore tab on my blog. Here you can find out where to purchase your copy of Fresh Hope …. Cleveland and perhaps purchase another copy for your friend!

I’ve added one new local bookstore location where you can purchase this helpful guide and workbook. Make sure you come by and visit the new Bookstore tab today!

Make it a great day ~ wind and all!

God Bless You!

Nanci

April 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm Leave a comment

Winners of Book Give-Away Contest

~ More on Nanci’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Remember the Book Give-Away Contest?

Two ladies won books through the Book Give-Away contest which ran Easter Sunday through April 15.  I’m pleased to tell you that both ladies are people that will receive both help and wisdom from my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Throughout the year there will be other Book Give-Aways! I’ll announce them here!

Make It a Great Day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

April 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm Leave a comment

Update: Where to buy Fresh Hope … Cleveland

~ More about Nanci’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland

Find my soft cover book Fresh Hope … Cleveland: Resources to Help You Navigate through Unsettled Times (164 pages) at the fine places listed below. Yesterday I added a new store where you can purchase my book locally starting next Thursday, April 26. The new bookstore is the first on the list! Buy Fresh Hope … Cleveland at these fine locations:

  • Family Christian Bookstore  ~ across from SouthPark Mall on Rt. 82.
  • Amazon.com
  • Westbow Press (publisher: westbowpress.com) ~ eBook version too!
  • Local bookstore ~ will order it for you:
    • ISBN-10:1449730116
    • ISBN-13: 978-1449730116
  • Public library will soon have Fresh Hope …. Clevelandtoo!
  • Author’s book signings ~ I will post those on my blog (nancigravill.wordpress.com) and website www.nancig.com
  • OTHER Distributors may be annouced as well ~ look for updates on those!

Note: If you or someone you love is being treated for cancer  at MetroHealth Medical Center, the oncology department has a copy of Fresh Hope … Cleveland to share with patients and their families. Ask oncology nurse, Barb. She’ll let you read it there.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

April 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

Where to Buy a Copy of Fresh Hope … Cleveland

~ More about Nanci’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland

Find my soft cover book Fresh Hope … Cleveland: Resources to Help You Navigate through Unsettled Times  (164 pages) at these fine places:

  • Amazon.com
  • Westbow Press (publisher: westbowpress.com) ~ eBook version too!
  • Local bookstore ~ will order it for you:
    • ISBN-10: 1449730116
    • ISBN-13: 978-1449730116
  • Public library will soon have Fresh Hope …. Cleveland too!
  • Author’s book signings ~ I will post those on my blog (nancigravill.wordpress.com) and website www.nancig.com
  • OTHER Distributors may be annouced as well ~ look for those!

Book Give-Away REMINDER:

Book Give-Way ~ See my March 27, 2012, post for more information on the dates of the give-away. I also have a post devoted to how to win a “Free” book on last Friday’s post ~ April 6. You can enter at either post. Go to nancigravill.wordpress.com

God Bless You!

Nanci

April 13, 2012 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

Newly Remodeled Blog: Six New Features!

~ More about Nanci’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

HiP HiP Hurray! Nanci’s blog got some new pillows, a sofa, and lamps to add just the right soft lighting! I love the chaise in the corner and you will too! But be careful. If you sit there for a moment or two, you won’t want to leave that cozy place!

Okay. Seriously, six new tabs have been added to my blog which gives it a whole new look. It also gives visitors like you more information! Make sure you click on the Book, Book Signing, FAQs, Leave a Message, Press Kit, and  Wisdom for Your Life tabs.

Why did I do the remodeling ? It’s simple. I thought I’d use my blog to tell you more about my new book Fresh Hope …. Cleveland. Now when you come to read my blog posts or participate in the Book Give-Away contest that’s going on through April 15, you’ll be able to learn a lot more. Maybe you have friends that need the help my book offers or maybe you or a friend would like to try and win a free book. Now my blog tells you the entire Fresh Hope story and it’s always available so you can come by anytime day or night.

How to Win a Free Book ~ Contest April 8 – April 15:

If you’d like to win a free copy of my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland: Resources to Help You Navigate through Unsettled Times:

1. Post a comment to this blog post (or the March 27th  or April 6th posts) between Easter Sunday, April 8 and Sunday, April 15, 2012.

2. Make sure you include an e-mail address where I can reach you if you win.

3. In your comment, please tell me why you would like a free book. If some of the explanation is too personal, just tell me what portion of your comment I can post. The rest will help me decide (with God’s help) who really needs a free copy. I want to respect your privacy.

4. You don’t have to live in Cleveland or in Ohio to win a free book.

5. All posts must be received no later than midnight April 15, 2012.

On Saturday afternoon, April 21, I’ll select at least four (4) winners, then notify the winners by e-mail, and mail the copies of Fresh Hope … Cleveland at the beginning of the following week.

If you don’t win a book now, there will be other opportunities during the year. Remember, you already are a winner ~ Hurray!

Also ~ Don’t worry. Our God knows your needs and He is moving things into place in your life to restore and help you. Look for His answers! God is faithful and so000000 good!

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

April 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm 2 comments

Win a Free Book ~ Begins Easter – April 15

~ More on Nanci’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland

I’m posting the Book Give-Away information again … just in case someone needs it.

In Fresh Hope…Cleveland author Nanci Gravill shares information and the successful strategies that helped her navigate through five years of difficulties. People think because she had breast cancer her book’s about cancer. “Oh no!” she tell them astonishingly. Fresh Hope…Cleveland is all about the great things Nanci discovered along her journey. It’s all about RESOURCES.

Learn More about Nanci and her Book Fresh Hope … Cleveland at this Link:

http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000490343/Fresh-Hope–Cleveland.aspx

How to Win a Free Book:

If you’d like to win a free copy of my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland: Resources to Help You Navigate through Unsettled Times:

1. Post a comment to this blog post (or the March 27 post) between Easter Sunday, April 8 and Sunday, April 15, 2012.

2. Make sure you include an e-mail address where I can reach you if you win.

3. In your comment, please tell me why you would like a free book. If some of the explanation is too personal, just tell me what portion of your comment I can post. The rest will help me decide (with God’s help) who really needs a free copy. I want to respect your privacy.

4. You don’t have to live in Cleveland or in Ohio to win a free book.

5. All posts must be received no later than midnight April 15, 2012.

On Saturday afternoon, April 21, I’ll select at least four (4) winners, then notify the winners by e-mail, and mail the copies of Fresh Hope … Cleveland at the beginning of the following week.

If you don’t win a book now, there will be other opportunities during the year. Remember, you already are a winner ~ Hurray!

Also ~ Don’t worry. Our God knows your needs and He is moving things into place in your life to restore and help you. Look for His answers! God is faithful and so000000 good!

Happy Easter!

He is Risen!

Nanci

April 6, 2012 at 10:13 am 3 comments

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