Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Monday, February 22: Meet JUDY GANN

Drive-by Signings & Other Adventures of a Reluctant Marketer

Publishers expect authors to take an active role in promoting their books. But what if the thought of “book promotion” makes you break out in a sweat? Join a reformed reluctant marketer as we explore the unique challenges of marketing fiction, how to select the marketing avenues that best fit your personality and gifts (you can’t do it all!), as well as practical and relatively painless ways to connect with readers.

A librarian for over twenty-five years, Judy Gann selects Christian fiction for a large library system in Washington State. Although once a reluctant marketer, she conducted “drive-by” book signings in over 135 bookstores in thirteen states to promote her book The God of All Comfort: Devotions of Hope for Those Who Chronically Suffer (AMG Publishers). When she isn’t writing, speaking, or playing matchmaker for books and readers, Judy enjoys cheering the Seattle Mariners, collecting children’s books, and taking long walks—even in the rain. Visit her web site at http://www.judygann.com/


And don't forget--we're continuing the wonderful Beach House Getaway Drawing "twist" to our meetings. Each ACFW Portland Chapter member will be eligible to win a weekend Beach retreat at Lincoln City. The winner will be drawn at the end of the calendar year (our last meeting of the year.)

How do you win this stay in a four bedroom beach house with a view? Everyone who attends any given meeting will recieve a slip of paper to enter. Also, everyone who brings a snack will receive an entry slip. Whenever you buy a book from our used book fund-raiser or bring a guest, you will earn a chance as well. So, the more you attend, bring snacks or a guest, and buy books,
the more chances you have to win the stay in Lincoln City!

More information about the raffle and the beach house will be available at the meeting.

That brings me to snacks. Who is willing to bring SNACKS for the February meeting? Let me know if you can help, and what you plan to bring. Thank you!

Also, I believe that it's time to pay the chapter DUES. Please come prepared to give $10 cash or check (payable to PORTLAND ACFW) to Camille.

To get to the church, follow I-205 to the Padden Parkway exit and go east on Padden. Turn left at the 94th Ave light, then take the first left and turn left again into the church parking lot.

Please let us know if you can bring snacks or beverages! And remember--Attendance, donating snacks, bringing a guest, and buying a book each gives you an extra chance to pick up entries for the Beach House Weekend Getaway Drawing.