My Inheritance

My mother is dying. There are shuffling noises overhead coming from her bedroom. She has cancer, and her death is imminent. I am her only child. We never liked each other.

I stare out the window at my large backyard covered in a crust of ice.

The bird feeder is nearly empty. I know I must replenish it, but I can’t command my body to move.

Before my seventy year-old mother moved in, I thought I’d continue working and hire a nurse to care for her. I wavered.  In the back of my head I wondered if we might find an emotional connection before it was too late. In the end, I convinced the senior partners’ at my law firm that it would be better to work at home for a while and take care of her myself.

Now I see my wish to wring more from our relationship as foolhardy. It’s elusive, like an important thought I can’t recall that hovers in the back of my mind. Now I just want to get through this miserable time and have it end. I’m so tired my teeth ache.

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Book Marketing Plan: Part Three (Tip #8)



9. Setup website: design well and link to other sites. Virtual Tours Track the hits. Newsletters.


10. Newspapers:

    a) Aim for free publicity in hometown and nationally by associating the arc of the book    and making it relevant to some aspect of society

     b) Doing the same in magazines and other media


11. Interviews:

a)      Newspapers

b)      Radio

c)      T.V.

d)     Magazines

e)      Literary Journals

f)       Local Newspapers

g)   Internet Promotion

h)  Colleges/Universities


12. Advertise:

a)      Publisher’s Weekly

b)      Kirkus Reviews

c)      Poets & Writers

d)     Local/National Newspapers

e)      Bookwire: 

f)       Links to Websites

g)      T.V./Radio

h)      Website for the novel

 i)   Book signing parties (bookstores/homes)

 j)   Flyers/newletters/tear-offs/postcards/bookmarkers

 k)  Visit Bookstores and do follow-up calls: (check position of book)


13. Reviews:

a)      Publisher’s Weekly

b)      Kirkus Reviews

c)      Nationally known newspapers

d)     Borders/Barnes & Noble



14. Workshops/Lectures:

a)      Workshops in hometown colleges and universities/Nationally

b)       Readers Groups

c)       Libraries

d)      T.V./Radio

e)      Organizations