Ooh, ooh, ooh! So many amazing things have been happening with Thirsty since its publication on Oct 1, and who can I thank for it all?
You! (and you...and you...and yes, you, too!)
First, Thirsty and I had a fabulous U.S. book tour. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us...at Wine-Sense in Andover, Massachusetts, at Jabberwocky Books in Newburyport, Massachusetts, at Borders in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, and at all our other stops. I had a terrific time meeting and chatting with all of you.
Second, since returning to China from the U.S., I've been on a worldwide, whirlwind blog tour. (Not sure what means? See below.) I've listed a few of my stops; if you're interested in reading every word I've written in the last two months (good for you!), you'll find the complete calendar at the Thirsty website. Just click here.
Third, Thirsty has been getting some great buzz out there in the reading world. Right now, it is featured in the December issue of Woman's Day magazine (whoo-hoo!). If you're not a subscriber, look for Woman's Day next time you're in line at the grocery store or at your favorite bookstore. Buy a copy. Turn to page 24. Smile. Show the person in line behind you. Tell them they should buy a copy of Thirsty.
Just like I said. All kinds of amazing things happening for this novel of mine. So thank you, thank you, thank you!
Have a beautiful holiday season.
"Thirsty is a great book that all women,
not only mothers, should read."
--from a review of Thirsty at Mom Knows Everything
The Worldwide, Whirlwind
What is a blog tour?
It's a virtual, online book tour (without the jetlag) during which I write guest posts for other people's blogs...about Thirsty or reading with my daughter or a favorite book or some aspect of my writing process. Sometimes I'm interviewed by the host blogger.
Is it fun to be on a blog tour?
Yep. I get to write about all different kinds of things and share Thirsty with lots of new people.
Still confused? Click this link. You'll see what I mean.Where else have I been? Great question. Here are a few of the blogs I've visited in recent weeks. (Again, if you'd like to read more, visit the Blog Tour Calendar at Thirsty's website.)
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P.S. If you're a blogger and are interested in having me visit your blog, zip me an email.
Amazon.Com: Write a Review?
So you've read Thirsty?
And...you've sent me a note, a Tweet, a text, or a message on
Facebook telling me how much you loved it?
Now...how about writing a reader review at amazon.com?
Yes, yes, I know. It seems like a pain in the butt,
especially for those of you who aren't tech savvy or who don't spend a lot of
time on the computer.
But truly, reviews on amazon.com help to move the book. The
more reviews there are, the more Thirsty will get suggested to online shoppers.
And if Thirsty gets suggested to lots of online shoppers?
Yep, more readers will buy Thirsty, read Thirsty, hopefully
love Thirsty, write reviews about Thirsty, and...and...
Well, you get the picture.
So...click here to get to Thirsty's amazon.com page.
Once you're there, scroll down the page until you see a
small link called "Create Your Own Review." (It's in the right-hand column.)
Click on "Create Your Own Review."
After that, you'll be led through a series of screens.
Pretty easy after all, huh?
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(Today there are 10 reviews at amazon.
My goal? 20 reviews by January 1!)
Back in October, radio host Mark David Gerson interviewed me on his show "The Muse & You." Listen here to find out what I had to say about Thirsty and the interesting collection of writers' quirks I've compiled. (I also read a short excerpt out loud...listen in!)
Kristin Bair O'Keeffe's debut novel Thirsty (Swallow Press, 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. |