Saturday, January 19, 2008

All Sorts of Excitng News for a Saturday!

"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

So I've been really confused the last few days, because Marianne and Judy of LASR kept leaving these really cryptic comments on my posts about books..and reading...and needing bookshelves...now I know why. Apparently I won their January giveaway contest and a whole bunch of autographed books! Very, very exciting!! Now I just have to find the time to read them...

Thanks, guys!

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So you'll remember that I was stressing about the telephone interview I did with a reporter from my hometown newspaper. I was worried about what I'd said (and forgotten to say)...but I just got a copy of the article/interview yesterday, and it turned out great! Of course, you can't read it online, because it's a small town and the paper's website only features the front page and lead stories (maybe one day I'll be there!), but she did a good job and was pretty much true to everything I said :)

My advice to other authors out there: send out press releases and do as many kinds of contact/promo/interviews as you can, especially when it doesn't cost you very much. Speaking of which...

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Tonight I am going to a "private author party" - sort of like a Tupperware party, only we're selling our books rather than food storage containers. It's being organized by Stella Price, the author I met back at the December Book Fair in NYC (who, it turns out, lives about 30 minutes from me), and there will be 4 authors there total, and about 15-20 guests. I'm looking forward to it, even though I'm a little nervous as well. I'm obviously not "selling" my books, since they aren't in print yet, but one of the other authors emailed me tips on making excerpt booklets for both One Night in Boston and Lost in Paradise, and I'm going to give those away. I'm hoping that if people read and enjoy the first chapter, they'll want to buy the whole thing!

Not exactly sure what to expect, but I'm keeping an open mind. Hey, I figure the more people who hear my name, the better, right? So I'll give you the lowdown, tomorrow...make sure to check back!

8 comments:

Sarita Leone said...

Good luck tonight. It sounds like a lot of fun... much better than Tupperware! :)

Diane Craver said...

What a great idea - have fun at your author party!

I'm glad the article turned out well for you. I'm sure it will also generate sales for you.

Anonymous said...

Good Luck, Allie.
Don't worry - it sounds fun!
Liz

Marianne Arkins said...

What a really cool idea!! And, LOL, the cryptic remarks were Judy's idea, since we already knew where to send them and didn't have to ask.

Congratulations :-)

Judy Thomas said...

LOL... we were wondering when you would "catch on." We talked about just emailing you and telling you.. but where would be the fun in that? ;-)

I hope you have a tremendous time at your author party. What a great idea! Be sure and let us know all the details!

windycindy said...

Have you seen your name running across the page at the LASR site?! You won the New Year's Contest for the tote full of books! Way to go.
Enjoy your book selling party! Best wishes.....Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Allie Boniface said...

Judy, I had a hunch...but I never win anything, so I didn't really think it could be true!

Dru said...

Congratulations!

I'm glad you liked the articlel. I would have loved to read it.

You're doing a lot of good things to promote your name and your books.

Ooh, that author's party sounds like a great way to promote your book.

I can't wait to hear the details about the author's party.