I might have mentioned a time or twenty that I find the author’s life to be a bit of a tightrope walk. You pour your heart and soul into your writing (so grueling), it becomes a book (hooray!), then you have to figure out how to convince people to buy it so you get the chance to write another one (all without coming across as the obnoxious navel-gazer you hate to be but kind of are).
A lovely and delicate balancing act. One that I will, in all probability, never perfect.
I mostly like to dangle from the tightrope by one knee pit.
In other words, instead of a graceful, pointed-toe, confident stride across the wire, I’m all bumbling and awkward and trying my darnedest not to land embarrassingly in the safety net.
But enough of the metaphors.
As much as I loathe book promotion, I know I need to do at least a little bit of it each day (ish) in order to be a good steward of what God has given me. And I got an e-mail today that’s going to make my job a little easier tonight.
From a 60-year-old woman who just read Is That All He Thinks About?: We were on our way to a mutually agreed upon divorce when I gave your suggestions a chance. Your book saved our marriage.
Can you say ALL GLORY TO GOD?!? Talk about being humbled and honored and floored all at once.
She went on to say some really cool stuff that made me just shake my head at how God works. And I had to smile when I read these words: “I think you have an untapped market of baby boomers who need your message.”
Oh, for crying. All this time I’ve been barking up the wrong tree, speaking to Mothers of Pre-Schoolers when I should have been hittin’ up the Bridge Club (okay, so I don’t even know what Bridge is, nor do I know anyone who plays it, 60 years old or otherwise, but I digress).
Untapped market indeed.
I have a deal for you. And by YOU, I mean a somewhat-specific demographic.
YOU = all of the following: 1.) you’re a girl (woman, lady, whatever). 2.) you’re married. 3.) you have a blog.
If YOU’re interested in a free copy of Is That All He Thinks About? in exchange for a blog post about it, I have FIVE to give away. Just leave a comment telling me why I should pick sweet little ol’ YOU for a free book. (I’ll choose the winners Monday at midnight.)
If you want a shortcut, just go ahead and buy the book now. 🙂
And while we’re on the subject of FREE, I’ll give a copy of my e-book The Husband’s Guide to Getting Lucky to ANYONE who wants to write a little something about it. And it doesn’t even have to be a blog post–a Facebook update or Tweet will do (just let me know when/where you post it).
And instead of leaving a comment, just e-mail me here. (it’ll be easier to send you the link to the book that way)
You can also buy a copy of the e-book here for just $2.99. All proceeds to the Cambodia Fund. Woot woot!
Whew. That was painless. Thanks, friends!