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Getting the Word Out

cg_mustwriteI am not a marketer by nature. I tried in my 20s to sell items to people: roofing materials, cosmetics, and photography packages, to name a few. It just never worked out because I loathe asking people to buy things, and if someone says “no,” I believe them.

And I think that is why book sales have been going so well.

Yes, you read that right. I am so much more interested in building a relationship with others than I am in selling them a book. Of course, I want people to read what I write. I want to share my story, but not at the expense of getting to know someone.

I have been running ads on Facebook here and there just to get the word out, and I have found that the women who contact me have such startlingly beautiful and tragic stories to tell that I get caught up in them. That to me is the power and purpose of writing.

Read on. Write on.

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men…

oa_think Yeah, I have used this title for a blog post before, but it sure does seem relevant today.

I launched Two-Week Wait: Motherhood Lost and Found on Saturday, February 19, 2015 to good effect. I was getting regular downloads and excited feedback, and then…

Last night I was combing through the pages of the hard copy to find passages to read at my upcoming reading when I discovered that nearly half of the book was missing. Some of the richest entries, including those about my daughter and son, Nicholas, just never made it to the final edition that was for sale.

I could not sleep. I frantically scrambled through the manuscript to find the missing pieces. I was stunned. I had paid an editor quite a bit of money to avoid major errors like this one, and here I am with a mess on my hands.

The book is just fine without those readings, but I think it is a pale representation of what it could be.

What’s a writer to do?

Well, the first thing this writer did was rage. Rage against the dying of the book!

After I gathered my strength, I put a call out to all of my wonderful support groups, and I developed a plan of action:

1. Take the print version down from Amazon.
2. Leave the e-version up because readers will be updated with the new version as soon as I make the changes.
3. Make the changes.
4. Remind myself to never launch a book during the semester. Like, never.
5. Upload the changes.
6. Send free copies of the new paperback book to my devoted fans.

There are many lessons to be learned in this publishing process. I know that is WHY I am doing this, but, well, this sucks.

And the Ball Keeps Rolling

A MemoirEvery day some new aspect of the book gets finished. I am hoping for a book launch at the end of March. I am waiting on a bit more work to be done on formatting. Once it is in pristine shape, I am sending it off. I cannot wait to hold this book in my hands for the first time!

Just looking at the cover is surreal. Wow. Booking Readings now!

If you have signed for my email list, thanks! I really appreciate it. Keep checking your messages, there are a few surprises coming that tie in to the book.

Head Shots and Other Cool Things

Christina Greer
Christina Greer
In all of the years I have been writing professionally (12 now!), I have never needed a head shot. Today, I got one! I really want to make a personal connection with all of my readers, so I had a good friend, who is also a photographer, takes some snaps of me to add to my book flaps and website. It was fun. I told her that I wanted to look smart, but kind and wise, but approachable. I guess I will see soon enough if we pulled it off.

My cover for Two Week Wait is coming along nicely. It should be finished in a week. It features my son’s little toes.

Coming soon to this site: The Optimistic Addict blog with guest bloggers and loads of information about food addiction. Stay tuned, and as always, thank you for your support.

Up and Running (Kind of…)

I have carved out my own tiny corner of the web for my own site, where I can showcase my latest writing projects and update readers on live and virtual appearances. By far, though, the best part about christinagreer.com is that I finally have a forum where I can offer readers help with their own writing and glimpses into the writing process.

The site will be in perpetual progress, but hopefully in another few weeks it will look more like home.

Thank you for visiting my page. I will you will sign up for email updates, too.