TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT!!! ;)

Hi everyone…. I have some questions & comments…. goooood afternoon!! 🙂 

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So, you may have heard…. we’re planning a book tour…. not like planning to lose 60 pounds or planning the perfect wedding… this is happening!! So we have gotten tons of followers on this blog, which is awesome! BUT…. we still haven’t found all of our venues and we have never had a comment on the blog. SO… what should we do? Those of you who are following us, what would make you comment??  I mean, I am perfectly capable of writing something controversial to get people talking, but that’s not really what we have in mind…lol.  So, if there are topics you want hear about, think about, talk about…LET ME KNOW. Thanks!!!

We have thought long and hard about having a Paypal “Donate” button on our blog. What do you think?

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We are totally ready and willing to rough it, eat Top Ramen, sleep in the car, etc…. but we have to have gas right? Yes, our husbands are on board, but we really don’t know what types of expenses may pop up out there on the open road. We both have houses full of kids and I’d hate to take away from them, so we see people putting donation buttons on things all the time and we are simple girls! What if every person who thinks we rock gave $1?  That’s easy right?   Anyway, we thought the button can’t hurt….. so there it is. If you can spare a buck, great! If not, we still love you…. and we understand you’re saving up to buy books!! 🙂

Image  We are not going on a pleasure trip…. although we will have a great time!

 

Image Hopefully, we sell books along the way!  🙂

 

Image I am ready to go!!!!!!!!!!!!   But we need places to go to!!  If you know of a venue that seems perfect for us, please let us know! Coffee shops, book stores, church groups, etc. 🙂   Locations in or around San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, New York, Dallas, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Boston, Chicago….I’m missing some…. where’s my map?! 🙂

Possible blog topics for the future….

Who would be interested in a thirty-day exercise in anything; writing a book, losing twenty pounds, redecorating a room…etc?

What to do when your child disowns you

Who wants to get their Masters in Creative Writing WITH me??  There’s still time….

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I just got some final sketches on The Quiet Republican today from my illustrator Lindsay Schaub Graves!!!  How will I wait??!!!!!   So excited!!

ch

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Sell Yourself Tall!!

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I just sold a book. Just now, to a friend of a friend, who had already read it.

They were both amazed that I had written a book, that they were meeting a real author and when I said I had written ten I thought they would swoon and need to fan themselves and have a seat. She insisted I sign it and went on and on.

To this I reacted as I typically do.

“It’s nothing, really.”

Then I charged her $8, even though the price on the back is $11 and tucked the cash in my pocket, pleased that I would have lunch money today.

Why did I do that? Why did I undercharge? Why did I shy away from my well-deserved praise and why do I act as if writing a book is no big deal?

We musn’t do this to ourselves. Whether we have written a book or a book report, cleaned the house or caught a fish, we must accept credit and hold our heads high! If we do not place value on the things that we do, then how can we expect anyone else to?

 

I think some of this stems from childhood anxiety, not being able to take compliments, not ever being taught to receive compliments and instead being taught that to boast or commiserate in one’s own successes is somehow arrogant or prideful. Well I’m not arrogant, but I am proud, of myself, for writing TEN books! There, I said it. It is a big deal. It does take countless hours and it is worth eleven dollars! She probably would have paid twenty, but I’ll never know will I?

I did the same thing the other day with a photography client and I knew the minute she reached for her checkbook that I had charged too little. She jumped too fast and I knew she was surprised, pleased, but fully prepared to pay more. Why do I do that? My husband says I do the same thing with our furniture business, that I have never charged too much, so I let him give quotes more and more. 

So, how to handle this differently, next time. Say thank you. Tell a story about how many nights you sat up, how many rough drafts you had or what you’re working on now. Share the credit with an old teacher or your mother or your children. Ask them to please get back to you and let you know what they thought. Care. Be gracious.

ch

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Tour News…. Pens & Cups!!!

Had a lot of fun making these gifts for the Kansas Bar Association… cups contain…pen, tour card, scroll about all our tour titles, instant coffee, tea bag, raw sugar , creamer & spoon!!!  Variety of bows finished them off!! Being able to give these to the group of attorneys meeting next week is great exposure! 🙂 Thanks to the Neodesha Chamber of Commerce! 

 

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Tour news….

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Where is Pam??  Has anyone seen Pam? Pammie!!!!!!!??!!!!!

 

The quiet Republican is coming along great! I have decided to send a copy to Stephen Colbert and try to get him to bring me on the show. Even if he rips me apart….it’s face time!! 🙂

 

Check out our twitter too…. #pencup2015

 

We have decided to expand our tour venues to include a few churches, since some of our titles address faith, conservatism, etc.

 

Cheers.

C