Reflections on Our Story

6 Feb
I have been working a lot of hours on promoting The Year of the Cicadas. I am really amazed at how much work goes into promoting a book. Funny, I expected a lot of work to go into the writing, and rewriting, the surprise has been how much effort and and time goes into the promotion of our story. If I had a large promotion budget, I would be doing ads and billboards, but that is not the case.We are operating a grass roots, out of the trunk of my car campaign. When I say we, I mean my children, husband and I, and you my wonderful readers. This effort would all be in vain if it were not for the support and encouragement I receive from all of you. The book clubs that you are taking my book to, the book signings that you keep showing up at and the ones you start up for me in different states and cities, the word of mouth campaign. The church groups and connections that you keep bringing to me. Thank you, thank you. In the words of my wonderful daughter-in-law, if this story changes the life of just one person, isn’t it all worth it? So, while I am in the trenches of promotion, I am asking you, my readers to let me know how this book is speaking to you? Are there people out there facing their own “cliff”? Perhaps it’s a TBI, a rocky marriage, an eating disorder, low self-esteem, or maybe you have lost your voice.

You are my eyes and ears into the community. Where do you see our book doing the most good? Is it your book club, your church, wounded warriors, or do you have another idea? Everyone who reads The Year of The Cicadas takes something different away from it. What is it saying to you?

Let me know, Catie
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3 Responses to “Reflections on Our Story”

  1. Paula Queen February 18, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    I heard Catie on the Erin Campbell radio show today. Thank you for sharing your story. I will read and share this book. What a blessing!

    • theyearofthecicadas March 21, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

      Paula, My apologies for taking so long to reply, I am still trying to get my hands around the many pages on this blog. I hope you have read our book by now and that it speaks to you. Our marketing plan is one person, one story at a time. Thank you for taking the time to write. Let me know if you have any questions. Catie

  2. Bryant February 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    Hello everyone it is me Bryant

    As most of you following know, The Year of the Cicada’s is the true story of how my family & friends helped me through my trauma, my major. Before mom wrote this book, I had been back to the hospitals, I had repelled multiple times off “the cliff”, I asked countless questions concerning the events however I do not remember these events. This book helped me piece a year of my life back together. Each time I dive into a chapter I am reminded how important my faith and family are to me, I am reminded to cherish the ones you love and tell them often. Life is to short to not have fun!

    Your comments keep our motivation and spirits high so please send us a little note about what The Year of the Cicadas has done in your life:). Please when you are done with your book do not let it sit on a shelf. Please pass it on to your spouse, significant other, your children, your pastor, your neighbor, your waitress, your barber, the person on the corner begging for change. This book passed on could and and probably will have a positive impact on their lives.

    NEVER GIVE UP!
    Bryant

    P.S. I will be at the next book signing so please come say hi!

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