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                          October 1, 2009
Hi there,

Today, October 1, is THIRSTY's official release day. I'm so grateful and excited and happy. (It's even sitting right next to the new release by Joyce Carol Oates in the New Fiction section at the Barnes & Noble in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.)

Over the past few days, lots of you have asked, "What more can we do to spread the word about THIRSTY?" Not surprisingly [ :) ], I've got some suggestions (see below).

Thanks for your support!

Now back to Book Launch Central...



Dear Friends, Family, Readers, Fans, Friends of Fans, Fans-to-Be, And So On:

You are probably aware that today (October 1, 2009) my debut novel THIRSTY hit bookstores. What you may not be aware of (unless you are a writer or are lucky enough to be married to a writer) is that the first few weeks following the release of a novel are critical. Now that it has officially launched, THIRSTY needs to fly off bookshelves and into the hands of readers everywhere.

If you were born before 1980, you probably remember the Herbal Essences commercial in which "She told two friends. And they told two friends. And so on. And so on. And so on." The marketing campaign worked. Every girl I knew back then used Herbal Essences shampoo.

I'd like to create the same phenomenon for THIRSTY. How can you help? Not surprisingly, I have a few suggestions:

1.    Buy THIRSTY this week. If you've already bought a copy (or 3 or 4), encourage co-workers, friends, lovers, and strangers to buy it. Have you suggested it to your mailperson? To the woman who makes your espresso in the morning? To your roommate's boyfriend who reads voraciously? To the pretty girl you see every afternoon on the subway?

2.    Come to my readings/signings. I'm in Pittsburgh from October 5 through October 21, and I'm going to be making appearances (and most likely passing out very delicious cookies) at a number of venues. See my Calendar of Events at the THIRSTY website: www.thirstythenovel.com. From October 22 through November 2, I'll be back up in New England...reading, signing, and making merry. Join me!

3.    Review THIRSTY on your blog, at amazon.com, at Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and anywhere else you can think to post words about my debut novel. Even t-shirts.

4.    Read THIRSTY with your book club. Before the big discussion, ask me to join you via Skype or iChat.

5.    Donate your Facebook status to THIRSTY. People actually do pay attention to what you post on your Facebook page. It's a great way to spread the word.

That's all I can think of right now. If you have other ideas, give a holler. Please know how much I appreciate all your support, encouragement, and good cheer. I couldn't do this without you.



Kristin Bair O'Keeffe
ISBN #978-0804011235
Website: http://www.thirstythenovel.com

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What others are saying THIRSTY at B&N 2
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"O'Keeffe's debut gracefully encapsulates the working-class cycle of poverty and hopelessness in the lives of these hard-laboring, sympathetic wives and mothers."
--Publisher's Weekly

"Kristin Bair O'Keeffe's Thirsty has all the power of a small miracle. The mysteries of nineteenth century, small town factory life-the sudden appearance of thousands of butterflies, an extraordinary affliction of hiccups, a talking bird-brilliantly transcend the accumulation of everyday cruelties. A remarkably good read."
-Joe Meno, author of The Great Perhaps and Hairstyles of the Damned
About Kristin

Kristin Bair O'Keeffe's debut novel Thirsty (Swallow Press, Oct 1, 2009) tells the story of one woman's unusual journey through an abusive marriage, set against the backdrop of a Pittsburgh steel community at the turn of the twentieth century. Her work has been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Poets & Writers Magazine, San Diego Family Magazine, The Baltimore Review, The Gettysburg Review, and many other publications. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago and has been teaching writing for almost fifteen years. Kristin lives in Shanghai, China, with her husband and daughter.
Spread the Word
About Kristin
Early Praise
Thirsty Cover Art



THIRSTY at Amazon


Book Trailer on YouTube
Me and Tully in HCM

Early Praise

"Thirsty is a beautiful tale, vivid and gently told. It is the story of one woman's incredible strength of spirit, and a reminder of the foundation contemporary America is built upon-one of unspeakable cruelty, and Job-like suffering, as well as generosity and unbreakable hope."

--Don De Grazia, author of American Skin


Contact Kristin at kristin[@]kristinbairokeeffe[dot]com