I’m spending more time than usual at my computer—turns out there are multiple matters to attend to after your book is accepted for publication. They’re taking as much time as writing the book.
Half of my current writing time is spent typing lists. I’ve got mailing lists, a list of committed buyers, a list of marketing contacts, a list of places to post flyers and a contact list for local libraries and independent bookstores. (Wait. There aren’t any independent bookstores within forty-five miles of me.)
There’s a TO DO list and a deadline list for promotional blurbs, permissions, author photographs and final manuscript, all of which are already listed on my contract. I have a book give-away list and will gladly add you to it. Simply purchase three advance copies of The Glass Sponge between January 21st and March 6th, 2013. (Buy 3, Get 1 Free! Buy 3, Get 1 Free! Buy 3…did I mention I was in retail management for seven years?)
I’ve been corresponding daily with my editor and publisher and sending announcements to my email contacts. Some of my email contacts are helping me by disseminating my announcement to their email contacts. I had a nightmare last night. The Glass Sponge publication announcement was sitting in Spam folders around the world.
One of the hardest tasks is asking for endorsements. I’ve asked some incredible, esteemed writers and authors if they’ll endorse The Glass Sponge. I've had fantastic support during the process but it's still nerve-wracking waiting for endorsements. It would easier if family and friends reviewed our books.
The Glass Sponge Endorsement Blurbs:
1. Jules Jacob’s poetry is outstanding. I recognized her talent from the beginning.
—Author’s mother; retired English teacher
2. Jacob’s imagery and images are IM-mazing.
—Clerk at gas station
3. Jacob is a dedicated writer. The Glass Sponge proves it. She rewrote Dream House for twenty years. She reads her poetry to me first, including the revisions. I don’t get most of it.
4. A must read. Nine out of ten.
—The Bookworms Book club
5. I wouldn’t peg her for a poet. She wouldn’t give me a free copy of the book so I have nothing to say about it. Does it surprise me she’s cheap? No.
—Author’s former friend
6. I appreciate her skill. I’m proud of her but it’s no surprise. Her head’s been someplace else since we were kids.
—Author’s older brother
7. The weather one, spring one and Frenchie Blue one are stand up. The rest are…I don’t know. Poetry should be hearts and flowers. They don’t rhyme enough.
8. Beautiful and smooth. An amazing bouquet of well aged poetry.
—Author’s younger brother; wine expert
9. The Glass Sponge pulls your eyelids up to your eyebrows. Your heart will shim-mee. What an imagination. Such fictionary stuff! Nothin’ in these poems could be from Mrs. Jacob’s life. She’s a lovely, loving woman with a loving, lovely family.
—Friend of a friend of a friend who works at a box office in a theatre in Branson
10. Julie’s poems speak— listen. (Who’s the “lovely, loving” whacko and what rock did she crawl out from under?)
—Author’s Sister; Domestic Violence Probation Officer
11. Julie’s sharp. She also did well in math and science.
—Author’s father; retired Botany, Biology, Physics & Chemistry teacher
12. She reminds me of me.
I bet you didn’t know Maya was a friend. Does she have to know?
Causes Jules Jacob Supports
CASA of Southwest Missouri, Master Gardeners of the Ozarks, University of Missouri Master Gardeners, Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates Association...