Sensationally Sudsy! Behind the Scenes!

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You have to be creative and think outside the box (or, er, inside the tub) a lot when you’re a little-known author with a small, independent, Canadian publisher. As hard as it is to get new people to discover your work, you can’t give up. One technique not working? Try something new. Something different. You have to try things that you haven’t seen others doing yet.

When I self-published Three Spaces (2013),  people were just getting into e-reading, but I wanted to encourage paperback sales, too. I was looking over my own book in the bath one night (I rarely re-read my own stuff but our daughter had handed me a copy, ‘Here Mommy, you should relax and read this!’ ) when hubby decided to take photos of me to be funny. I told him to delete them but he didn’t. So as much as you think it was an ingenious idea, it was rather accidental. When I looked at the photos later, I realized that in all except a few photos you’ll never see ;), everything that should be covered up was covered up in suds. I then had the idea that one or two of those photos would be perfect to share to encourage paperback sales ( ‘No ereaders in the tub’ was the slogan). The rest is literary history! (ha! not quite. but such a fun little campaign).

It worked well, and made such a fun business card; one that started many interesting! conversations with new readers. So, with the OK from my publisher Morning Rain Publishing, we decided to do a similar ‘bathtub shoot’ for Strangely Incredibly Good. This time around, I knew the photos would be posted, so I was much more shy. “Bill, am I all covered up? You sure?” He’d smirk and throw lots more suds at me, then shoot the photo. It was a lot of fun!

Since most of you have been following my blog for over five years now (Wow! Thanks!) I thought I’d present BOTH final photos (the one with the beer, and the one with the wine – told you I had fun shooting these photos!) here as well as one that had an Instagram filter added to it. Feel free to share them. In fact, I ask that you do!

Oh, and if you’ve read the book, please give it a brief review on Amazon and Goodreads. Even two words will do! Every review helps.

Thanks so much for reading.

Heather

 

The one with the beer – not photoshopped -

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The one with the wine, with Instagram filter (wow! looks like it’s sunny in there now!):

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The one with the wine, original unphotoshopped:

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Half Price Signed Paperback Books!

Hey guys!
If you’re starting your holiday shopping for literary lovers on your list, I’ve got a deal for you all this month. Where the Butterflies Go, Leap and Three Spaces will be half-price if you order a signed copy in November 2013 (plus shipping to your city). So that’s $4 for a signed WTBG, $10 for a signed Leap (only 1 copy left! hurry!) $6 for Carry On Dancing, $7 for Three Spaces.  Payment is by Paypal. If you order several copies I can of course give you a great deal on shipping. CONTACT ME writer@hgrace.com to arrange for your signed copy to be shipped to you!

For those who prefer ebooks, it’s also sales time for you. I’ve reduced Where The Butterflies Go, Three Spaces and my screenplay, The Friends I’ve Never Met, to just $1.99 all this month, on all ereaders – Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Sony, Apple iBooks and many more!

Just my way of saying thank you for supporting my writing these past five years – hoping you’ll share the joy by buying someone you love some of my poetry or prose! CHEERS and thanks!ImageHeather

Win Signed Books!

THE GREAT SUMMER BOOK GIVEAWAY! It’s easy to enter. Simply SHARE my FACEBOOK AUTHOR page with a friend or friends. Please post this notice on their page or your page or better yet, tell them about it/ my poetry/prose in person. Post “I’ve Shared” on my Facebook Page once you’ve done so. You’ll be entered in a draw to win a SIGNED POETRY COLLECTION of your CHOICE: either Where the Butterflies Go, Carry On Dancing or Three Spaces! Four copies available. Contest ends AUGUST 24th.
SO, GET SHARING! :) Thanks for reading.
THE GREAT SUMMER BOOK GIVEAWAY! SHARE this page with a friend or friends. Please post it on their page or your page or better yet, tell them about it/ my poetry/prose  in person. Post on this page once you've done so. You'll be entered in a draw to win a SIGNED POETRY COLLECTION of your CHOICE: either Where the Butterflies Go, Carry On Dancing or Three Spaces! Four copies available. Contest ends AUGUST 24th. SO, GET SHARING! :)
P.S. Not a Facebook fan? No worries! If you don’t mind simply sharing this post with another blogger, reblogging it or tweeting about it, and letting me know you’ve shared it by signing in and posting a comment here, I’ll happily enter your name in the draw too!

100 Ways

You’re creative. You can come up with 100 excuses why it’s not convenient to write.

The ‘y’ on your keyboard is missing. Jay Leno is on. Your cat named Jay Leno ate your keyboard.

The truth is, writing is damned inconvenient. It’s never convenient to have a plot or character bothering you when you’re supposed to be presenting Marketing for Morons to, well, morons, or explaining what that thing is between your nose and your upper lip to your eldest child while talking on the phone and making your youngest child a ham sandwich (ham and lettuce on the side).

It’s easy to find 100 excuses why it’s not convenient to write.

A writer finds 100 ways to fit writing into their inconvenient life.

Here’s a great excuse for not writing on Mother’s Day: My daughter wanted me to BE SuperMom. No, seriously, with a pink cape and everything. So I did, and had a blast with her in the backyard. Then I wrote about it.

FREE in KINDLE STORE: THREE SPACES!

I just wanted to make sure you all knew that Three Spaces will be free in the Kindle store today, May 9, 2013, through to early Sunday morning. Don’t have a Kindle? No worries, you can go to Amazon.com and download their free reading software for a Mac or PC, desktop or laptop.
Just wanted to give my readers a gift this Mother’s day weekend. Enjoy!

THREE SPACES FREE in KINDLE STORE

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FREE SIGNED PAPERBACK BOOKS!

Yup, you read that right. I love giving my books away, especially when I can sign them and ship them right to your door.  If you live in Canada, the US, the UK or Australia, this is your chance to sign up for a free copy of Three Spaces AND, included in the package, a free copy of my 2012 collection, Carry On Dancing. Hey, when I do things, I don’t do ‘em small :)

I’m really excited about this giveaway. Please do share about it – let’s give thousands of people who think they don’t like poetry a chance for me to prove them wrong!

My Goodreads Giveaway:

http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/49443-carry-on-dancing

Please don’t forget to add my books to your “To Read” shelf if you sign up for this giveaway. Thanks!

Love,
Heather

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