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I read "Love Junkie" this week and congratulate you on a finely written memoir. It broke my heart. I can't release the images of you and your brother as children. All the choices and destruction that followed made far too much sense given the beginnings. Your success as a writer is the happy ending.
Hi Rach, thanks for the invite I don't know how you have time to do all this PR and blog, too. Missed your last year debut, glad to see you are back in SM in December to round out the chapter I heard you read long ago at UCLA...Wife Goes On is a book club pick this month, even to there are still typos on the back cover adn everyone gone from publisher who was attached, so I'm jugglling book pimping with writing, hate that, just finished a class (you still at UCLA?) then was Paris where bf was teaching (yay) but had to get housesitters, don't trust my teenagers remember too well my own, then lost my bday bracelet a month after home burglary so life it its usual mix of trying to keep up, finish my novel while paying for groceries ---and taking it out on paper..I always cast myself as the murderer, ...love your website, what's up with you besides junky? I need tequila soon. xo
Hi Rachel - The previous press was Golden Books. They were starting an adult list and I was one of their first purchases. Big promises, big bucks, then they went under, which I suspected all along. St. M's did nothing except put an ugly cover on my book and start the printer. I hired my own publicist and that worked great until she quit the firm! This time I am fully prepared to do it myself, and, yes, I will definitely join the marketing group for support. Are you one of the founders of this site? It's great to find so many women at about the same stage in their careers - not world famous, but not wannabe writers either.
Picking up this convo from the Anthologies group . . .
Would love to spill about the two more "What Was I Thinking's" :-) Hopefully soon at an L.A. writers event. Look forward to meeting you in person. -S.
Hi Rachel - Thanks for welcoming me! I just found out about and joined this group yesterday. Resnick is my husband's name, you're right. St. M's wasn't too good to me, but I landed there after being orphaned by another house that folded. This site is overwhelmingly cool. Any advice on where to look first?
BTW I always thought I should do a workshop on the corporate sponsorship things because it was so odd and wonderful that I succeeded TWICE but I chickened out because I thought participants would want a guarantee of success. Silly, I know, because we teach writing with no promise of success and people don't care. I mean, it's like hiring a personal trainer, right? You may or may not get buff but you're still happy to be trying. Anyway, that's my own personal blah blah blah about the corporate sponsorship thing....
Rachel, I just posted a comment about how I did the corporate tours on the promotion/marketing site. I'm still learning how this website works, and it feels a little clunky to me -- not that it's a problem with the site; it's a problem with me :) Anway, you can check out that comment and if I can answe anything more, let me know. Your ideas for partnership are PERFECT but that's only hald the battle. Well, not even. It's like an idea for a good book. NOW you have to think of the killer pitch -- WHY those companies would love to work with you and what you will bring to that table. Not that this is a mystery -- you bring your voice and your brillliance, etc. But what will you DO, what tangibe thing.
No I never dished about corporate sponsorships, but I landed them BOTH with cold calls. Ford for breast cancer memoir (they are a national sponsor of Komen), Benjamin Moore for novel (about a quirky old house.) I LOVED it. Wish I could have been corporate sponsored forever! The trick is that EVERY company wants to reach their customers in a personal way and MOST don't have a voice with which to do it. Writers can be that voice.
I ordered "Love Junkie" at my local bookstore, Orca, in Olympia. It will be in on Friday. No, Rachel, unfortunately there is nothing boheme about Lacey but it is a bedroom community of Olympia which is artsy, eclectic and wonderful.
Thanks for the comment Rachel! Been a long time fan of your writing ever since I read "Go West" so many years ago and I'm so bummed that I lost my copy somewhere between the deserts of Arizona and Montreal. Hopefully one day I'll be able to afford attending one of your writing retreats..better get crackin' on finishing my book first! xox Jen B