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Matthew 17:20, my favorite verse. "... If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Version of Press Release for Updated Book Signings

Following is another version of my press release. It's for the same book but I draw on differest aspects so the news is new!

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**


ABANDONED HEARTS/Mountain Lion Shot in Mo, similar to R. Tittel's Suspense Novel

Patton, Missouri - September 28, 2011

Following on the heels of Regina Tittel's recently released novel, Abandoned Hearts, was another report of a mountain lion in MO. Shot to death in Summersville, Texas County, it brings more reality to her story. Those that have read Abandoned Hearts can easily relate to the fascination and fear that accompanies a wild animal of such size. But because of Tittel's clever way of informing her readers, they're now equipped with knowledge of the habits of these mystifying creatures that live among us.

This first volume of The Ozark Durham Series, is gaining rapid attention. Abandoned Hearts has captured the interest of several youth leaders from various denominations. Tittel's tactful way of approaching the importance of abstinence through inspirational fiction has led to the development of a study packet, complete with purity ring to accompany Abandoned Hearts for youth groups. Mr. and Mrs. Tittel plan to have it available for use in the beginning of 2012.

Already her readers are vying for her second book, Unexpected Kiss. Look for it released later this fall.

Regina will be doing an area book signing at The Oasis Bookstore in Farmington, on Saturday, the 15th of October from 12-2. Future book signings, where her second book will also be available are as follows:



Marble Hill Library, Thursday, Nov. 17, from 9:30-11 am

Riverside Library of Jackson, Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 12-2 pm



Abandoned Hearts fits into the category of 'edgy inspirational,' a genre that is on the rise in popularity. Following is an excerpt from the back cover:

Stranded by flood waters in the heart of the Ozarks, Ann McHaven is forced to stay with a rugged farmer, Jacob Durham. Her original annoyance with him soon turns to attraction. The magnetic pull between them puts her faith to the test as temptations tease her thoughts.

Independent and stubborn, Jacob’s eyes and heart are opened to all he has to lose when a fearless mountain lion turns him into the hunted. Will his life be spared long enough to restore his trust in God, and admit his love for Ann?

Abandoned Hearts is available at Gospeland in Cape Girardeau, The Oasis Bookstore in Farmington, and through amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, smashwords.com, and createspace.com.



Contact:

Regina Tittel

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Marketing by Word of Mouth

Word of mouth can be a very productive advertising tool. Since my interviews came out in the local papers, more and more people are buying my book and asking when the second one will be available. Gosepeland has sold six in the last month. At a friend's birthday party, I sold five with requests for more. Friends and family are telling others about my books and requesting them as gifts. So can you see the benefit?

To add to this excitement is the latest opportunity that has come up. Because of a chance meeting in a park and a friend of the family, copies of my signed book will be available for sell at Pioneer Days in Marquand, MO. Pioneer Days is this town's annual fall festival. I was asked to do book signings but am unavailable for that weekend. Instead, I offered they could keep $2 of every sale to go to support their town park if they wanted to make my books available.

The opportunities are boundless. Never overlook where you got your start. Your hometown is the best place to grow as an author. Not only are they your best encouragers, but it feels great to be able to give back to them!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Need Help From Romania


I noticed I had someone from Romania check out my blog. It just so happens that the fourth Ozark Durham Series involves a Romanian. I thought I could use the flood that happened there a few years ago and draw interest to the importance of child sponsorship.

So . . . if someone from Romania is reading this and would be willing to converse with me so that I can learn a few more facts about your people and country, I'd be honored if you would contact me through the comment section or through my email, reginatittel@gmail.com.

And, of course, I'd be willing to accept help from anyone else that knows more about this beautiful country and its people.

Thanks!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Award Winning Marketing Plan – Free Download by Joanna Penn on February 20, 2009

Here's a marketing plan I found at

joanna@TheCreativePenn.com
(w) www.HowToEnjoyYourJob.com
(Blog) http://www.TheCreativePenn.com
I would have pasted the whole thing here but couldn't get it to work. But it is free, plus she offers a lot of other wisdom or publishing and marketing.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Interviews Connected with Sales

Here's an encouraging note. Since sending out my press releases and being interviewed, not to mention the various book signings I've done, my sales have climbed. I'm currently ten books above the norm this month for e-sales and I've sold at least 4 printed books online. That's not to mention what sales I may have occured at bookstores where my books are being sold.

Also, as I mentioned earlier, my husband and I are creating a study guide to accompany the book directed at young adults. We currently have five churches interested in using this.

I'm excited and hope you're seeing results as well!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Simplified Marketing

It's been said that it would be nice to have a proven way to market books with success. Well, I believe that many people offer just that. But for those of us who are less than enthused to go about it through face book and twitter, I'm going to provide you with another route, which I plan to help you build on.

Before I give you the list, let's assume your book is published online, is available in print and you have a ready supply on hand. (If you need any help in any of the afore mentioned steps, look in the archives of my blog.) Now that you know where I'm starting from, here is a timetable list.

Month 1/Week 1
     Approach stores with your book, press release, reviews and marketing plan. (I'll submit a copy of my marketing plan in the near future)

Month 1/Week 3
     Hear back from stores.
     Send out press release with information of bookstores that are carrying your book and the dates of your signings to every form of media.

Month 2/Week 2
     Pester papers to interview you. Do this with available for interview forms and send them updated forms as new dates are scheduled.
     Post fliers announcing book signings and mail out post cards. Leave bookmarks with librarians to help promote your book signing.

Month 2/Week 3
     You have your first signing.
     Continue to send out press releases with updates of rise in popularity and sales, basically, any information to garner more interest.


This is a great place to start. Where? This happens in your hometown and neighboring towns. I've now been interviewed in two papers, and had a large photo with mention of my first book signing in another. My pastor's wife posted a cut-out from one of the papers on the church bulletin and many are buying my book because of the notice these interviews have brought.
Do you know someone working in the school? Have them leave post cards in the teachers' lounge. Spread the word. People will want to buy your book!

Soon, I'll help you stretch your wings  a little further.

Welcome, Jacki Layton!

I'd like to welcome Jackie Layton this week as our guest on "a mustard seed of faith." Jacki is a member of one of my critique groups and an astounding writer. I rarely feel I've helped her when I critique one of her submittals as her writing is so clean and always a great read!

Did you always like to write?

I always liked to read. I remember writing stories and songs as a child. In the summer the kids in the neighborhood would create a play and perform it in my backyard in the summers. When my children were small, I’d make up stories for them.

How long have you been writing and has it always been romance?

I’ve played with the desire to write for years, but two years ago I decided if I was ever going to write I better get serious. I began writing and joined ACFW. I write romance and romantic suspense.

How do you work it in around family?

At first I wrote in carpool lines and sports practice then when I had time I’d get it on my home computer. Last year my family surprised me with a laptop, and I’ve become more efficient with my time. My youngest son just started college, and I’m hoping to find more time to write around my day job. I’ve teased my husband that I’m going to quit cooking which will save me tons of time.

Do you devote some time to write each day and how much?

Each week I try to plan daily goals depending on my work schedule. If we’re not leaving town for some reason, I write every day. Some days I’m up at 5:30 to check on e-mails so when I get home from work I can concentrate on my current story.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us?

I have a brother, husband and two sons. I’ve had to learn about sports to be able to communicate with all the men in my family. Over the years I’ve become a huge University of Georgia football fan. I’m a Georgia graduate and my husband went to the University of Kentucky. SEC football is a big deal at my house, and I’m not afraid to hang my UGA flag on the back deck even though we live in the heart of wildcat country.

Do you have a purpose to your writing and/or is it used as a therapy tool?

The purpose of my writing is to glorify God. I hope if I’m ever published my stories will draw readers closer to God.

Thank you, Jacki, for stopping by and sharing with us! May God bless you on your road to publication!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Welcome Farmington Readers!

     I've noticed a few people stopping by my blog after seeing my book-signing announcement posted with the Farmington Library in MO. Let me say welcome, I'm glad you're here and look forward to meeting you next Tuesday, the sixth.
     If there's anything you'd like to know about me, just ask in the comments section or email me at reginatittel@gmail.com. I've dedicated this blog toward helping other aspiring writers by sharing my journey in publication and marketing. If I can be any help to you, please let me know.
     Also, I'm featured this week in the Cashbook Journal Newspaper in Jackson and next week my interview should appear in the Banner Press Newspaper in Marble Hill. Both write-ups give you a look into my life.
     While you're here, check out the first three chapters of my books listed under pages. Then vote on which one you like the best. Abandoned Hearts is the book I'll be signing next week. The second of the series, Unexpected Kiss, comes out this fall.
     Enjoy reading and I look forward to meeting you!

I AM A HOUSEWIFE

I've only written two things of note before I began writing my novels. Eleven years ago, I wrote one poem and one song. The poem was written to encourage those wanting to stay home with their children. It is as follows:


I AM A HOUSEWIFE

I am a housewife, I can say that with pride

Conquering the world in a laid back stride



The occupations I seek

Vary as valleys to mountain peaks



The chores of the house are a little dull

But when accompanied by prayer I feel confident and full




That a home cooked meal is never too much



A gardener is yet another trait

For a stay-at-home mom who fixes the plate



Tomato, potato, and greenbean seeds

Are just some of the starters we wives need



That brings me to another interesting point

The hoe and spade is work for our joints



Strong as an ox, we're ready to bare

the work from our Lord, that's part of our share



Now I could go on about construction and mechanics

But as for you wives, I don't want you to panic



We already rate near the top of the chart

So all of our secrets we need not to impart



Only to encourage those in heartache and strife

To step into our world of love for this life



                                                                God and R.T.