excuse this one-size-fits-most reply to the many, many emails
I’ve received regarding the update on my popular greeting card writing book,
Write Well & Sell: Greeting Cards. First, thank you...thank
you...thank you so much for your nice emails inquiring about this book,
which has proven to sell beyond my wildest imagination over the past
decade. The interest in my original book—and its upcoming 2nd
edition—has been phenomenal.
I am aware of the escalated price of my first edition on various websites,
including Amazon and eBay. This first edition is still valid, but having
been written in 1998, is sorely in need of an update. Throughout the
various printings, I’ve tweaked it along the way, but there are still topics
that should be included for 2009 writers, topics not even on the radar
screen 11 years ago. So, unless you’re desperate for a copy, I’d ask you to
hold off buying it...
...because, I have very good news. Although we are still in the contract
phase, I am negotiating with a major publisher who has accepted my book for
publication. The projected target date for its publication is
September 2009. Initially it will only be published as an ebook; however,
if sales are strong, the publisher will then be willing to publish it also
as a traditionally-bound book. (Another reason to hold off buying the
semi-outdated, expensive first edition).
to tell you that despite a few initial misgivings, I am overjoyed at this
prospect. Self-publishing has taught me much, but I have come to the point
where I need an established publisher with a sterling reputation among
writers to give my book the next level of exposure. This will also free my
time to do what I love—namely write, keep up with the ever-changing dynamics
of the greeting card industry as it relates to creative freelance
contributions and above all, stay in touch in a timely fashion with all of
you who have written to me. I cherish the emails I receive, the stories you
share with me, the advice you seek and turning my book over to an outside
publisher will allow me, once again, to pursue those activities I love. (My
second book: A Few, Choice Words: Short Do-Able Writing
That Sells is still self-published and currently available).
said all that, I also understand that waiting until September is quite a
stretch for some of you who are anxious for the information my book gives.
In the interim between now and then, there are several options you have.
First, I will now have more time to keep my website updated—as well as
streamlined—as we’re planning a major overhaul. Within the next few weeks,
I will update the Greeting Card Writing Tip Sheet that so many people have
found informative...and free. I would invite you to totally explore my
website as it has many interesting features, as well as new links I also
plan to add.
always, there are my online classes in greeting card writing. Both are run
as a one-on-one experience; there are no crowded classrooms or chat room
atmosphere where you must vie for attention. You currently have two
options: my course through
www.writerscollege.com runs for 6 weeks and is $180 (that’s $30 per
session). My 8-session course runs approximately 3 months (one session sent
every 10 days) and was formerly taught through Absolute Write; however, now,
I run it directly, so I’m able to offer a $40 discount from the original
price—the 8-session course is now $200 ($25 per session). Until we get a
link up on my website, simply email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
if you’d like to enroll. (The limit is 4 students at a time). I will
consider reviving my 4-week course originally taught through BizyMoms, if
there is enough interest. Please email me for details.
I am so grateful for your constant support of my work and I promise you this
newest edition will be well worth your wait. You are all so gracious when
writing and I wish everyone a creative 2009.