Caring Lessons – Blog Tour Over – What Next?

I’m finished, ” I announced to my husband late last week. Always appearing a bit skeptical when I make such announcements, he said, “With me, or what?”

Of course, I had to say not with him, not with our fiftieth wedding anniversary coming up–I mean why would I trade down when we have a good thing going here–but I said, “With the active promoting of my book.” Then I gave him my rationale–it’s been over a year and a half of busyness–fun, but busy–and  I’m ready to go on with the next phase of my life.

So with the book blog tour over (thanks to all of you for your faithful following), and with five hundred (yes, that’s 500!) more postcards out, this time to nursing administrators in hospitals in the Midwest, I think we’ve covered much of the potential market for Caring Lessons.

at caribou, completing "my" assignment

I say “we” because I must again give credit to Amy Nagelkirk, my former student–a ’92 grad from Trinity Christian College–for staying on my case. Lots of promo things and lots of the hard work are thanks to her (and the friends she recruits to help her). With the second batch of five hundred post cards (the first batch went to schools of nursing), Amy “assigned” me only one hundred twenty. She and her friends have completed the rest, plus she did the search to find all the administrators’ names and hospitals in these states.

I also want to thank Dr. Sue Dunn, Dr. Patsy Ruchala, and Dr. Laurel Quinn, deans/directors  of the nursing programs, respectively, at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, University of Nevada-Reno, and Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. They helped promote Caring Lessons recently at the semiannual meeting of  AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing) for deans/directors in Washington DC.

So, what’s next? Another writer has stated my thoughts at this time about book promotion so well. I will reblog her essay on Wednesday.

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6 thoughts on “Caring Lessons – Blog Tour Over – What Next?

    • Thanks, Sandra. Having written a book proposal in which I had to outline my marketing plans for my publisher helped a lot after the book came out. I was able then to tweak the plan and methodically carry it out. I was very grateful to have my former student jump in to help. Marketing is a daunting and time consuming task. A pool friend of mine just observed that it feels like to her that I’ve been running a business, which pretty much sums it up. This “little” marketing effort of mine hardly compares to the international exposure my publisher gave the book, but it’s the local personal touches that I could and did do. Best wishes in your marketing travels!

    • I will, but I should make clear that I have not relieved Amy of her volunteer publicist duties! Thank goodness, she’s eager to stay involved. She’s been a godsend.Every author needs an Amy!

  1. Thanks Lois! I’m so glad to have my job back after thinking I was being laid off yesterday. My husband thanks you too, he likes when I stay busy, it keeps me out of trouble:)

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