_09X5241-PS-ava4x6-72dpi Hi, all – Ava Pennington here. I love a good party, don’t you? And I’m planning a special party in October – a launch party for my first book! If you’ve ever hosted a party, you know there’s a lot that goes into the planning. When we add the launch of a book to the mix, it’s not just another item on the list.

   A book launch party has its own peculiar nature. In this post, I’ll touch on the various logistics we need to consider for a successful launch party. Since I'm planning my first book launch for next month, I’ve received helpful suggestions from fellow authors and CAN members, and am including them in this post. Feel free to jump in with your own comments and suggestions.

 

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Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2) CAN Becky Harling Greetings from Sarah Sundin from Oregon, where I’m visiting family. Today I have the privilege of interviewing Becky Harling, the author of Rewriting Your Emotional Script and a speaker with a dynamic ministry of hope and healing.

Becky, how did you get into writing?

I felt for many years that God was calling me to be a writer, but didn’t know how to get started. God brought Linda Dillow into my life as a mentor and she connected me with Navpress. Navpress actually called me and invited me to send them a proposal. They turned down the first three proposals I sent in but told me to come back because they liked the way I wrote. They felt I wasn’t clear on my message yet. Turns out, they were right! I finally learned through a whole lot of tears how to write authentically from my brokenness.

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_09X5241-PS-ava4x6-72dpi Hi, everyone! Ava here, from the sunny (as in hot, hot, hot!) Treasure Coast of Florida.The calendar says August, but I’ve been writing October on all my paperwork – because that’s when my first book will be released!

As much as I’m eager for October 1st to draw near, I’m conflicted, too. I can’t wait to hold my book, but the fast-approaching date has ushered me into the world of marketing. I’d much rather focus my energies on finishing my next book, but as we all know, that’s not an option. My first baby needs to be introduced to a waiting world. Okay, so maybe the only ones waiting are my husband and a few friends and family, but with the marketing activities I have planned, that will soon change (she said hopefully!).

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BioPicBluesJan here, enjoying a beautiful day in the foothills of the Sierras. I'm getting ready to wander out to a coffee shop to meet a writing friend, but before I do I'd like to add another post to my sumer interviewing series.  

Today's focus will be the development of strong interview questions. Two goals: First, in your interviews, you want to get to the good stuff that will bring your writing to life. Second, the interview won't be boring for you or your interviewee.

So where to start . . .

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Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2) CAN Beth Goddard Greetings from Sarah Sundin in northern California, where the weather is actually cooler than the rest of the country. Go figure. Today I have the honor of interviewing author Elizabeth (Beth) Goddard. Beth’s a busy woman with Exposing Amber now available from Heartsong Presents, A Riverwalk Christmas coming from Barbour in September, The Camera Never Lies from Barbour in December, and Praying for Rayne from Heartsong Presents in December. Oh. My. Goodness.

Beth, how did you get into writing?

A voracious reader, I’ve always wanted to write but wasn’t sure that’s where God wanted me. In 2001, I met DiAnn Mills and joined then American Christian ROMANCE Writers (Now Fiction writers) and began submitting a chapter a week to my ACRW critique group. That’s when I knew I was heading in the right direction. The members of that original group, btw, are all published now. Meredith Efken, Lisa Harris, Jeanne Leach, Deborah Vogts, Tammy Alexander.

That must have been a fantastic critique group!

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