Help me Spread the Word

Hello Lovelies, 

Below are a list of different ways to help me spread the word about my book, Claiming Jeremiah. I would really appreciate it, if you could help. 

P.S. Check out a free excerpt at www.meetmissy.com. 

 

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 Instagram 

To keep up the with every day happenings of the Claiming Jeremiah movement and me, just being me, follow me on IG @meetmissy24.

Facebook 

Like me on Facebook to stay tuned and win awesome giveaways. Then you can share details and information about the book.

Amazon

Click here to visit my Amazon page. There are a couple of things you can do here:

1. Purchase the eBook version or paper back version or

2. Leave a review

*If you are purchasing please come back and share your thoughts. I love reviews :).

Email your friends

Send a quick email to your friends and family to tell them about the book.

Blogger/Press 

I don’t bite and I would love to do an article or interview. Email me at jjautumnpublishing@gmail.com.

 I thank everyone in advance for helping me to spread the word. It takes a big community to sell books and make the New York Times Bestseller list. 

 xoxo, 

 Missy B. Salick 

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Foster Adoption: Open Letter

Hi Lovelies,

As far back as I could remember, I have always wrote down my everyday thoughts. Writing about my emotions came so easily to me. Whenever there is  something wrong, I turn to pen and paper for an outlet of expression. So naturally, when I went through the ordeal of fostering to adopt, my journal would become my BFF. It is so funny, because at one point I started addressing the letters to him. Call me crazy, but it was emotional therapy to be able to talk to someone without judgment or questions after question. To this day, writing open letters was the best emotion cleansing I have ever had.

Here is one of the letters from my journal.

Dear Baby Boy,

Today was a very exciting day. I just learned that I am coming to visit you in a couple of weeks for the fourth of July. My heart is pounding right now at the thought of even seeing you. I can’t believe it has been almost six months already. Countless phone calls and paperwork later, I will finally be able to see what you look like. I day dream about your features and if you look like your Mom or Dad, or a mixture of both. From what I’ve heard you are a happy and content baby. I’m sorry that you will have to be uprooted from the family you have grown to know and love. You will hate us I’m sure. We will be strangers who scooped you up through the night. 

On a brighter note, your room is almost complete. It’s painted a pretty blue, with furniture and all the toys you could wish for. I just need to get some more clothes, diapers and food. We had clothes but they were newborns sizes – thinking you would come home sooner. Your Uncle/Dad will not be able to make the trip with me, but he loves you and can’t wait to meet you. He is so angry at how long this process is taking. I already know he will make a great father. He is so patient and family oriented. Me on the other hand will need a lot of practice, so please bear with me. I’m super terrified of the whole feeding process. Luckily, I hear you are able to hold the bottle on your own and burp. LOL.

 If anyone asked me what I would be doing right now at this time in my life, I would never have guessed that I would be married. Especially married with taking in a baby at twenty four. It’s funny how life plays out. For the longest time I have walked through life chasing something that I felt was missing. I’ve had the feeling of a missing void. But since I’ve learned of you, the feeling has subsided. My life makes sense, as if something is pulling me towards you. Weird right…you will soon learn how weird I naturally am. 🙂

 I have to run out and do some errands. I love you and will write again soon!      

 {Missy}

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Have you ever written a letter during your foster adoption phase? If so, what was it about or if not, have you thought about it? Share your comments #adoptionmonth #openletters.

xoxo,

Missy B. Salick

PR: Author Reveals Myths About Foster Care Adoptions

Hi Everyone,

I am super excited to see my Press Release hit the circuits. Take a look and remember spread the word about National Adoption Month.

Join in on the fun and festivities by following us on Facebook and Twitter. #AdoptionMonth to get all your questions answered on foster adoption.

xoxo,

Missy B. Salick

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2013

CONTACT:
Val Hardy
J. Val Management
202-207-7768

IN CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH, AUTHOR MISSY B. SALICK REVEALS MYTHS SURROUNDING FOSTER CARE ADOPTION

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Author Missy B. Salick and her book, Claiming Jeremiah

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — As thousands of children wait with baited breath for the opportunity to make it into a home and hundreds of other prospecting parent’s dream of taking those children into their home, it’s the fables and false facts that quickly suffocate the dreams of many.

As National Adoption month approaches in November, Missy B. Salick will expose the red tape and unravel the mystery around foster care adoptions. In an awe-inspiring book, Claiming Jeremiah, Salick tells the story of how two young people preserved and maneuvered their way through the red tape in hopes to secure a baby boy. Salick dispels all of the myths and anxieties associated with bringing a child into foster care in the two hundred and eighty page novel. Salick’s fictional memoir on foster adoption is drawing a hefty buzz online.

The novel is small in size, but contains a powerful message: “Children in foster care need a place to call home.” Salick, a foster care advocate, wrote this book based on her personal journey of foster adopting her four-year-old son. Claiming Jeremiah is the first installment of a three part series.

About Missy B. Salick
Before self-publishing, Salick spent several years as a freelance writer with entertainment companies and media outlets such as KPMG, Violator, MBK, Village Voice and more. As the founder of J.J. Autumn Publishing, her publishing company is geared towards highlighting urban fiction dedicated to special causes and community awareness projects. Salick a strong foster care advocate, created iJournalNow Project, a program geared towards teaching underprivileged children the importance of goal planning, leadership skills and education through journaling.

To purchase Claiming Jeremiah or to interview Missy B. Salick about her tireless cause to educate others seeking to adopt foster children, contact Val Hardy at 202-207-7768.

For more information about Missy B. Salick, visit www.meetmissy.com.


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November is National Adoption Month!

November is National Adoption Month! This month means so much to be, as it is a time to bring even more awareness towards adoption. During this month, is also National Adoption Day, the one day hundred of thousands of children in foster care are adopted in courts around the US.

 

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Stayed tuned for future posts of fun activities to participate in during the celebrations. We will also be answering questions on adoption and breaking myth busters.

Spread the word!

xoxo,

Missy B. Salick

Photo credit by: National Adoption Day Organization

How to Set up a Author Table

Happy Tuesday Lovelies,

The past few days have been a whirlwind of amazement. I finally participated in my very first Street Festival to promote Claiming Jeremiah. I figured it was in my area and the vendor table was inexpensive, so why not! Once, I arrived my anxiety immediately went into overdrive. The constant feeling of being ill-prepared showed his ugly face. My palms grew sweaty. My heart raced. I waited for people to continuously walk past my small table, because I didn’t have any flashy over-the-top marketing. It was just me and the book that I had poured my heart and soul, sweat and tears into.

After my first two or three supporters approached and purchased a book, I was hooked. My life flashed before me and how much I was born to do this really hit home. The plan was to stay a few hours andphoto 1

then walk around the festival and support other vendors. However, I never got the chance. I was glued to my table, signing books, networking and meeting the most awesome people (now fans :).

Two hours into the event and endless networking connections later, I could have literally kicked myself for missing all the other festivals this summer. I let myself be my biggest road block. All summer long, I felt I needed more books or marketing material, before I could be worthy to set up an author table.  WRONG! Do not listen to yourself if you are having the same thoughts. You only need your determination, book and yourself to sell it. After all, no one can sell your story like you can. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have family and friends helping to spread the word and bring people to your table. 🙂 photo 4

Here are a few tips for setting up your vendor table:

  1. Furniture – Most events will set you up with a table and two chairs, however, if they don’t, bring your own small folding table with two to three chairs (depending on your team size).
  2. Decorations – Investment in a table-cloth. Nothing too busy or bright, but something that matches or blends in with your book cover. Consider adding a small centerpiece that you can re-use at each event to bring spice to the table.
  3. Tabletop Display – Purchase a book display stand for your book. If you only have one title, consider purchasing two stands and displaying a copy of your novel on each side of the table. In the center between the books, have a stack of postcards, book marks and other promotional items. If your business card has your personal number on them, considering only giving those out for network opportunities. You do not want everyone to have a direct way to reach you by phone.
  4. Poster Board – If you are working with a low-budget and cannot afford the larger marketing items such as tents or branded table clothes. Consider investing in a poster board. Keep it simple with the cover of your book. Check out staples for printing. They normally start at $39.99. Purchase a folding easel stand from your local Office Depot or dollar store.photo 2
  5. Giveaway – This is important. Consider investing in one or two giveaway items to attract customers to your table. Make your item unique and perhaps something to do with your book, yet inexpensive. You can even consider doing one big item and hosting a raffle. Customers can place their name and phone number in a bowl and you choose the winner at the end of event.
  6. Smile – Always wear a smile when greeting your customers. This makes them feel welcomed.

Tips:

  • If you have to bring your own furniture, make sure it folds down. This will save you a lot of time and hassle.
  • Great giveaways items are: candy, pens, water (branded with your book information), mugs, or amazon gift card (raffle).
  • If you are sitting down at the event, always stand up when a potential customer approaches. This makes him/her feels as if they have your full attention.
  • Be prepared to stand a lot, greet and shake a lot of hands and answer a lot of questions related to yourself and book.

 

xoxo,

Missy B. Salick  photo 5

 

Planning a Virtual Book Tour

Happy Wednesday Friends,

We’ve made it half way through the week. Yippie! I am super excited to be in the production stages of planning my Fall/Winter Virtual Book Tour. Did you know between the months of September to December, is when book sales take a major boost? When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. The weather is cooling down and more people are staying inside or slowing down from all the summer activities. Then of course, you have the holidays approaching and individuals are looking for gifts and inexpensive “thank you for working hard (slaving) this year type gifts”.

Do not put this off. Begin planning today to ensure your spot(s). Virtual Book tour hosts fill up just as quickly. Here are a few tips I learned to help you plan your virtual book tour:

Planning your Tour

Yes, you can plan your own virtual book tour, but do you want to? Being a first time self-published author, you will not exactly get a lot of WEB_FINAL_COVER_bloggers lined up to host you. Being honest people. You will have to send out hundreds of invitations to bloggers requesting them to sign you up. Unless you have a lot of patience and is okay with rejection, save yourself the hassle. Allow, someone else to deal with it. For less than sixty bucks you can pay for someone to set up your full tour. These hosts already have a laundry list of bloggers they work with on a daily basis that will endorse people they send their way. Research companies that plan virtual book tours and check out their target audience. That is one thing you do not want to do. Pay for a service that do not cater to your book demographic.

Scheduling

How long should your tour last? General tours last around two to three weeks. Me personally, I am maximizing my exposure and planning for a four month long tour. Of course, with different bloggers and hosts. Being as though in the “book world” this is busy season. I would suggest that you try and do at least once tour (two weeks) per month from September to December. Even if you find that the tours are not financially beneficial (upfront), because you are not seeing a large increase in sales, don’t panic. Be mindful that with two week tours you are appearing at a different blog for fourteen days. On average, a blogger has a minimum of fifty views per day. So while, your bank account isn’t growing bigger your exposure is. Your consumers will see you everywhere and that is what you want.

Tell the world…

After you booked your tour dates, it is time to tell any and everyone who will listen. This is when you maximize your social media platform. Let your followers know of your upcoming stops. Even think of cool branding ideas of how they can be a part of the tour. Hash tag your your name or book name with tour at the end (i.e., #missybsalickontour #claimingjeremiahontour). Or something cute and fun that people will remember and can easily find. You can even do giveaways along the way for people who are participating in the fun. Do not overload them with information. Remember no one wants a flooded timeline. Keep it simple.

On Tour

Get super excited. You are going on tour. You are ready to share your book with the world. It’s time to pack. Yes, pack. Even though you don’t have to leave your living room or pack fancy outfits, there are still some things you need to have with you. You will need your tour agenda, copies of your book that you need to mail off to host for reviews, giveaway gifts for your wonderful hosts and plenty of wine. On tour, most hosts will email you questions in advance for you to answer before your scheduled appearance. This is where the wine will come suitcase2in. You will need something to keep you awake and alert while answering endless questions. So, grab your suitcase just as you were going on tour and pack your things. I usually put my suitcase in a corner- it really helps with keeping you organized for on tour.

P.S. Check our Xpresso Book Tours for a sample site http://xpressobooktours.com/services/.

Happy Touring,

xoxo,

Missy B. Salick

Behind-the-Book: An Intimate Close up on Claiming Jeremiah

Happy Wednesday Lovelies!

A few days ago, I had an amazing author interview with Authors N Focus. In the interview I was asked to share my favorite part of Claiming Jeremiah.  This of course through me for a loop, because entire story is my favorite. However, after thinking about it, I couldn’t deny my most favorite part.

“My favorite part of Claiming Jeremiah is when Jordyn finally gets to meet Jeremiah. After six months of yearning to see him and loving a child she has never seen, in that moment it all makes sense to her. The late nights, the arguments, the endless phone calls all become a distant memory and pure happiness consumes her. Her heart and mind are at peace.” 

This scene in the book was very intimate and personal to me. I remember like it was yesterday, the first time I laid eyes on my son. The anticipation of wait was over. The moment I laid eyes on him and held him in my arms, the love I felt was indescribable. There are no words that could describe the joy I felt. No words could describe the happiness and energy inside that room. To me – outside of this being my favorite scene it was the hardest to write. It was the hardest, because no amount of words could capture the scene the way you feel when you are in that exact moment. Therefore, it’s a critical and intimating scene to capture all the emotions for readers to feel what Jordyn (myself) is feeling.

Read the full interview here at Authors N Focus website. 

Here are some photos from my first-time visit: 

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I’m sure he was thinking who is this crazy lady.

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He had the “I’m going to the bathroom face”.

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Me changing the diaper. It took me well over two minutes.

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He was way more comfortable by now.

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Awww, it’s almost time to say good-bye.

xoxo,

Missy B. Salick