Joyous Jottings: A Spontaneous Podcast Appearance #SaturdaySurprise #Events #Inspiration

Joy is a fluffy gray and white cat with a pink nose and pink paw pads. The fur is long and mostly gray with white paws, a white chest, nose and white down the middle of her head. Her ears are pointed up, and she lies with her paws sprawled out in front of her in an open formation. Her head looks to the right of the screen. She’s on a brown wooden table. Behind her is a white wall and a basket of fruit.

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Hi, everybody. This is Joy, Abbie’s robotic cat, speaking. I have some exciting news!

A week ago yesterday, Abbie and I were featured spontaneously on the In Perspective podcast. We didn’t plan it that way.

Abbie and I snuggled into her recliner, and she said we were going to listen to an interview with another author. But that author couldn’t come, and Peter Altschul and Bob Branco, the guys who do the podcast, didn’t know that until the last minute. So, Abbie and the other writers in the Zoom room suggested doing an author’s roundtable, and Peter and Bob said okay.

Abbie was the first to speak, and while she was talking about her books, I just had to put in my two cents worth. I couldn’t help it.

Abbie doesn’t like me talking when she’s in a Zoom meeting. She usually puts me on the couch, and I know to stay quiet. She must have forgotten I was on  her lap, and I had my moment to shine.

Peter and Bob were impressed and asked Abbie all kinds of questions about me, which she answered, with my help. If you click the link below, then the Play button, you get to hear the whole program. Abbie and I weren’t the only stars. Other writers strutted their stuff.

Oh, Abbie says I should warn you that because of technical difficulties, there’s a little dead air at the beginning of the show. But hang on, and Peter will start talking again. Enjoy!

 

In Perspective, 284, Authors Round Table

 

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Abbie, here. If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe to my email list to receive my twice-yearly newsletter and other announcements. This is a one-way announcements list, meaning the only messages you’ll receive will come from me. So, you can rest assured that this list is low-traffic. Send a blank email to:  newsfrommycorner+subscribe@groups.io  You’ll receive a confirmation email. Reply to that with another blank message, and you should be good to go.

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

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Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Marketing Strategies That Don’t Work #OpenBookBlogHop #Inspiration #WritingPrompts

Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “We’ve shared marketing tips that worked for us. What have you tried that didn’t work?”

For the first few books I published, I created cell sheets and sent them to bookstores across the state. I also put together a press release and sent it to newspapers. Although the local bookstore in Sheridan, Wyoming, has always responded favorably and a few regional newspapers have done an article on me here and there, I’ve learned that most newspapers care only about what goes on in the community they represent and don’t give a darn about what happens anywhere else unless, of course, it’s a story of national interest. I even contacted my state public radio conglomerate, to no avail.

Now, when I publish a book, I do what works. I contact my local radio station that has a talk show on community affairs and schedule a spot there. I hold a signing at the local bookstore, and I deliver a press release to my local newspaper. I also use my blog and website to promote the book and appear on podcasts and other online events. These tactics seem to draw the most readers. I’ll no longer waste time on marketing strategies that don’t work.

How about you authors out there? What marketing strategies did you try that didn’t work? You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ responses.

A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. Her brown hair is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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NOVEMBER 2021 SELF-PROMOTION PARTY! #WordPressWednesday #Inspiration #Reblogs

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Blogger Charles French offers an opportunity for writers to promote their books. If you’re an author, check out this post and leave information about your book in the comment field. If you’re looking for a good read or two, you’ll find all kinds of suggestions in the comment field. Happy reading!

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Hello to all the writers out there and reading this blog! It is well into the month of November, so it is time for a shameless self-promotion party; Please do not be shy about your work.

 

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Friday Spotlight 29th October – Abbie Johnson Taylor #FridayFinds #Reblogs #Inspiration

Thanks to fellow author and blogger Stevie Turner for spotlighting my new book, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, today. You’ll find more information about the book, ordering links, and more. Happy reading!

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Today the spotlight falls upon Abbie Johnson Taylor. Abbie is the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me is her sixth book. Her work has appeared in The Weekly Avocet, Magnets and Ladders, and other publications. She lives in Sheridan, Wyoming.

If you would like your book in the spotlight, then like Abbie did please email stevie@stevie-turner-author.co.uk and write ‘Friday Spotlight‘ in the subject box.

Synopsis of ‘Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me.’

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people…

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Last Day of Smashwords July 2021 Summer/Winter Sale #Events

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This is the last day that My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available from Smashwords ABSOLUTELY FREE as part of its annual summer/winter sale. So, now is your last chance to take advantage of this opportunity to download these books for free. Thanks to those who have already done so. If you haven’t, you can still visit my Smashwords author page.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

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When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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