It’s spring! Before we know it will be summer break. I know, I know, for you students and teachers it just can’t come soon enough. 🙂 I’ve been thinking this weekend just how quickly summer is coming and with it the one year anniversary of the launch of the Double Cousins Mysteries. I’ve been thinking a lot about it this weekend because I’ve been focused on Book Two which I have tentatively named, The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Torn Map. Yesterday I finished initial revisions and now I am going to write a synopsis, cover letter, and other pieces needed for a proposal which I hope will knock the socks off of an editor. One of those “other pieces” is an endorsements page. This is where people say what they think of my book… especially those comments that includes the question “when is the next book coming?” I actually have quite a few on file but can always use more.
Another thing that I believe will help me as I contact editors is a count of the number of books I’ve sold. Obviously, the more I’ve sold the greater the chance that they will want to publish the second in the series.
So, here is my idea/suggestion/request.
Maybe you are a home school parent looking for a book to finish the year with. Maybe you want to have something for your child to read as soon as school is out!
Maybe you are a parent of a child who responds well to goals. Maybe their goal for getting awesome grades would be this new book.
Maybe your child needs to read a certain number of books for their school this summer and you want something that has good values and morals! Have I got the book for you!
Maybe you are an aunt or an uncle, a grandparent, a friend, looking for a great birthday present! Here it is. Maybe you want to stock up now on gifts for Christmas! Have I got a deal for you!
Perhaps you are planning the family vacation and want a book to read out loud while you drive from Pennsylvania to Yellowstone. Just imagine the miles flying by with this book in hand!
Maybe you are an adult who has never given up his/her love of simple mysteries and you need something to take your mind off of all the stressors out there… this is even for you!
I think you get the idea here. At this point I have sold over 500 copies that I know of. I will be getting my report for Jan-March from Winepress soon and I’m hoping to be somewhere near 600.
Here is my dream! I would love to be able to reach 1000 copies by the one year anniversary, August 1st. I really don’t think that is unreasonable. I have an advertisement coming out in May in the Homeschool Enrichment Catalog, and a book signing set up for May 15. If you know of someone who might be interested let them know. If you’ve been planning to get a book and just haven’t done it yet, GO FOR IT! Now’s the time. 🙂
Here are just some of the ways you can order…. from me, check out my website at www.doublecousins.net. You can order directly from my publisher at www.winepressbooks.com. The books are also on most of the online bookstores. If you ask your local bookstore to look me up (Miriam Jones Bradley – The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Missing Watch) they should be able to order it in for you. It’s as easy as that!
For those of you who have read clear to the end of this “shameless self-promotion” piece, THANKS! I LOVE YOU!