Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Oh Yes, Did I Ever Happen to Mention ...

that I have a book? (Well, I'm IN a book; I don't exactly HAVE a book written by me, exactly) in my church's bookstore???

I did?

Oh.

Well, OK then, did I mention that the bookstore manager put it on the TOP shelf, next to THE SHACK? The bookstore manager initially ordered 10, and I said, "Bookstore Manager, don't you think maybe you'll be overwhelmed by all of the teeming masses, yea, even the madding crowds, asking for Life Savors: Savory Stories for the Soul? I mean, don't you think it would be prudent to order, like, 100?"

And she said, "No."

So there are six left. I bought one for my mother; my boss bought one; the lady whose car I hit in the parking lot bought one, and some unidentified person bought the other. Unidentified Person, whoever you are, I salute you AND kiss your boots. You are nice. (I wonder if Bookstore Manager hid it to boost my morale?)

OK, so I know that I told you I have a book in the bookstore, but have you ever seen physical proof that I have a book in our bookstore? No, you haven't. So I thought I'd better take a picture, for your sake. Lisa McKay is in this book, too. (Funny, when I spell-checked this post, the computer's brain suggested "Micmac" for "McKay.") But this is not Lisa Micmac's McKay's church's bookstore, so ...

they didn't put one of those shelf-talker thingies with her name on it like they did mine. My name is Linda Crow. It says so right there, in case you can't read it. See? That's my shelf-talker. Right there under the book. That I'm in with Lisa and a few hundred other talented people.





They say when you propose a book, you should also propose your personal marketing strategies. I've always kind of liked the marketing idea that you see on the left. So maybe I should walk into my She Speaks appointments with the editors on Friday, proposal strapped snazzily onto my head. Whaddya think?

If you'd like to win a copy of this book, which would give me another reason to buy one and make it look like this book has sold in our bookstore, please leave a comment. I will close eligibility Thursday morning before I leave. When I come back from She Speaks, I'll select a winner. I just mistyped "sinner" for winner, which is funny. So if you are a sinner who would like to be a winner, let me know.

50 comments:

Robin said...

I would love to have your book..I also love your blog..so entertaining ! Robin Brookshire
Dothan, AL.

Kimberly said...

Your post had me stiffling a giggle (it's really early and I don't want to wake everyone). I would so like to win "your" book. Does being the first to comment count for anything?!

Mocha with Linda said...

Oh, it's waaaay too early in the morning to be so highly entertained!!

I don't need to be in the drawing since I've got one. I won't mention that I think I got mine before you did. :-)

Maybe instead of messing up your new 'do, you should slap a button on your lapel that says "as seen in Life Savors."

Because, after all, your blog and book, like Life Savors, are a part of living! (The young ones won't remember that little ditty!)

Llama Momma said...

I am totally a sinner who'd like to be a winner. :-)

Susan said...

Oh, oh, oh, pick me! Pick me! Seriously, I'd love to win..and am praying for your meeting.

I just bought The Shack last night.

Hugs,

Susan

Queen B said...

Did that girl really have a book on her head?

I would love to win a copy of your book. I bought copies for my Mother's Day gifts and didn't get myself one. I did read your story and Lisa's and both were terrific.

Keep us posted on the bookstore inventory count...

Lennye said...

Your blog brought a smile to my face this morning. How exciting this must all be. Please enter me in your give away!

Jerri Phillips said...

Way cool!!!

To have Linda's book or not have Linda's book...HELLO!!! I'm here EV'ryDAY. I could read your work and not even have to get out of bed and stumble to my computer, OR I could take it on a road trip to an isolated campground where they have no internet. Yes, we do that here in North Texas.

And if you feel free to, send us general info on your itinerary so we know when to really hunker down and pray for you this weekend.

Susanne said...

I love your marketing strategy. Now that's thinking out of the box.

You know I want your book! Congratulations Linda. I'm so happy for you!

sara said...

I already have a copy,but would love to win one that I can give to one of the young women I mentor.

BTW, stick with the new do...the book on the head is a little over the top! ha!

Chatty Kelly said...

I'd love a copy of your book! And I love your blog & humor. AND (big plus) if I win, you can just bring it to She Speaks with you and pay NO SHIPPING!!!! Pick me, pick me!!!

In any event, I'll look for you at the bloggers reception at She Speaks. Hope you are there!

Merrie said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so excited for you and the world! I will go and look for your book. I am sure they have it at Mardell's.
But, I'd also love to win one since I am chief of sinners... and a big winner..
Love the marketing idea - I'm sure it will make a huge impression and get you the deal!

Michelle@Life with Three said...

I love the book on the head! That would certainly make a statement. :)

And, I'm a sinner who'd like to be a winner! Thanks for the chance to win.

Grace said...

You could market the mannequins to librarians. It could become the latest librarian-based fashion craze...

:)

Cyndy said...

I want one! I want one! (note the short blonde in the middle of the crowd jumping up and down and waving her arms maddly)

Thank you for the giggle this morning too...I really needed it.

Barbara H. said...

I would love to win a copy! Yes, I am a sinner who would love to be winner. :-)

I don't remember reading that you had an entry in a book before (congratulations!) That may have been before I "discovered" you -- or my memory may just be faulty.

Ang baylis said...

I wish I weren't a sinner, but I'd sure like to be a winner! I will buy the book regardless!
Much love to you!
Angie xoxo

Seized by Hope said...

I am all for tying the book onto your head...clearly a trendy look. I suggest a spectacular scarf be used for securing the book squarely on your head.

Serioulsy...featured in a book...forever in type...preserved on REAL paper. Wow.

You're becoming ever more quotable Linda Crowe.

Good for you!

Enjoy the conference.

Denise said...

I'd love a chance to win your book, and I just found your blog and am loving it :)
Have a great day, and good luck with the white pants!

Melanie said...

I'm a sinner but I asked Jesus to be my saviour, so now I'm a winner. :>)

I WOULD LOVE to win your book!

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

I'm in love with this post :)

Count me in, my famous bloggy friend!

Lisa a.k.a. The Preacher's Wife said...

Okay, MicMac checking in.

That is so, street. Makes you want to say, "MicMac is in da house" or something equally urban...

I'm have to tell you I'm so incredibly impressed by all the PR you have going on. But the book hat? That's sure to get you some major press. I DARE YOU to wear that to She Speaks.

Triple Dog Dare.

:))

Marsha said...

Another sinner looking to be a winner. Thanks for the opportunity to win Lidna!

Good luck with the proposal on Friday!

ps... leave the book on the shelf, not on your head!

Miscellaneous From Missy said...

Ooh, ooh! Select me! I'm a sinner!

Maggie - Mom of Six said...

I am always up for a good book! So, put my name in the hat!

I am still thinking about those white pants!

40winkzzz said...

I think you should pick SIX winners so that the bookstore will sell out and the manager will have to issue rain checks while awaiting the hundred more that she will then be forced to order while eating Crow. (Oh, that was totally unplanned and quite funny.) And even if you only pick one, it should be me, because as you can see, I need to immerse myself in reading some really good prose so that I will learn by shining example not to write such excruciatingly long and pretentiously verbose sentences.

BJ
www.homeschoolblogger.com/40winkzzz

cajunquilter said...

I would love a copy of your book! Please include me. I love your blog and read it every time I visit blogs.

Lorie said...

I would love to have a copy of this book and I will look at our Bookstore if I don't win.I love your blog also!I love 2nd cups of coffee with french vanilla cream and blog reading:O)
bE BLESSED!
lORIE

Elizabeth said...

Wow I'm pretty sure I've seen this book somewhere.. maybe advertised in Focus on the Family magazine? I distinctly remember the photo on the front. I'm just a visual person like that. It's neat to connect the two.. maybe I'll have to pick up a copy ;)

Laura said...

very fun post! Glad that you're published....I would LOVE to have a copy!

Teri said...

Maybe you should come up with a contest in order to win...like maybe "Best Book Proposal PR Idea" in which I would win.

Instead of wearing the book pages on your head...paste them all over your white pants and presto...no more white pants diet! (Go ahead, have a bagel and a mint mocha frappy!)

See, I should SO totally win that book!

Maybe intimidation will work...I might just have to dump you for Bamb....

No...I'd NEVER. <3

Have SO much fun at the conference and I will be praying for you!

R.L.Scovens said...

Impressive!! Congrats!!

Darnelle said...

I just do not need TV. I have Linda Crow. Amen.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Sign this sinner winner up!

You made me giggle at the thought of you marching in there with a book on your head. Doesn't get more impressive than that.

Carol said...

Would it be a sin to ask you to sign the copy of the book if I win? Cuz Im totally gonna (ask that is).
~Carol (throws like a girl)

Macromoments said...

I'm skidding in late in the day to sign up. I would love a copy of Life Savors. (*Tell Bookstore Manager to keep the cover facing out. Otherwise you'll have to hire all of us to do it.)

thouartloosed said...

I'm a sinner who wants to be a winner-(does it count against me that I'm a SAVED sinner?)
I need to win because I didn't see this book at our bookstore.

annie's eyes said...

WHERE do you find these pictures?? I'm a sinner. Pick me! I love that you can laugh and still convey such marked enthusiasm. You are going to blow them away at She Speaks. Praying...BTW bought that O magazine if you need it. Love, A

Jerri Phillips said...

So does the store manager who doesn't think 100 copies are necessary ship books to say...Texas?

If so, how does one get in touch with keeper of the book?

Carole said...

Please count me in for the contest, and I think the idea from a previous comment of giving away SIX books just to wipe out the bookstore is a GREAT idea. But if you don't decide to do that, you should put a little ticker on your blog page so we can all keep track of how many books are left at all times. :-)

I'm tagging you for a meme tomorrow but of course NO OBLIGATION - it's just a little more publicity for ya! :-)

Carol said...

Oh please, oh please, oh please wear the Life Savor book on your head when you meet with the editors. I think they will think it is fabulous.

I would love to win the book! Can't wait to meet you. I think Amy said we were giving you a ride back to the airport, so I'm sure by this time next week we'll be new BFF's.

See you soon!

Kelley said...

I would LOVE to win a copy of the book you are featured in. I can't wait to hear what kind of marketing strategy you come up with. I will be praying for you on Thursday as you travel.

See ya on Friday!!!!

Brenda said...

Ha ha! I love it. I would like to be a sinner. . . err, winner.

PJ said...

Me! Me! I'm a sinner winner...winner sinner. Sinner who wants to be a winner!!! And if I don't win, I'll join Jerri and see if said Manager can ship a book to Illinois!

Linda Vujnov said...

Hey Linda, I'd love to be on your "Daily Fixes" since, you know, we're both Linda and all. :)

The book looks great! MOPS just posted one of my articles on www.MOPS.org if you'd like to take a look. It is titled, "If Only."

Darlene R. said...

I would love to have your book, Linda!

Beverly Lewis said...

Life Savors. I want it. Great title. I'll be praying for you as you fly and such. You will be full of new blog material- lucky us!

DidiLyn said...

I would do a perimenipausal dance if I won this book. Earing red pants. Just in case.
Please pick this sinner.

Jodie said...

Okay, sign me up. I want to help boost your morale. And your book sales. I'm a giver like that.
You're welcome.

Carol said...

Well, I'm just going to have to get me one of those books. But please tell me I don't have to wear it on my head; I'm not much of a hat person.