I love my boss. How many bosses call you up on a Saturday night and say, “We’re having a drinking game. What kind of drink do you want?
I kind of babbled a moment (or five), since this isn’t the kind of question I’m used to getting from most of my previous bosses. She asked me the title of my book, and I said “Submission.” Fifteen seconds later, she IM’s me the recipe:
Submission Cocktail Recipe (Category: Shots)
Use a “In glass” for Submission drink recipe
Dissolve lime jello in a cup of boiling water. Add another cup (or more to taste) of tequila (for special occasions add slices of lime) and mix well. Chill for 2 hours in a freezer or 4 hours in a fridge. Serve in shot glasses
– 1 packet lime jello
– 1 cup hot water
– 1 cup tequila
The last thing my last boss offered me was an inferiority complex by asking me to search Craigslist for her for a new person to clean her house… at $5 more per hour than she was paying me for my 20 years of marketing and business experience.
Turns out this Submission shooter is made from my favorite flavor jello, and my favorite going-out booze. The woman is a mindreader. But I began to wonder. The “Submission” shooter may share the name of my upcoming release, but how historical is it?
Well, it may not be an authentic Regency drink. But check out this recipe from How to Mix Drinks, or The Bon Vivant’s Companion by Jerry Thomas, dated1862:
Here’s to being unfit for waltzing or quadrilling after supper!
So… anyone wanna sneak outta here and go pull some weeds?
I used to have a garden as a kid, next to the grown-up garden, and it always seemed so… Americana. So wholesome. So old-fashioned goodness.
It was a lie. Gardens are evil.
This year, I decided I was gonna try it. I wasn’t going to do anything dangerous… you know, no corn or anything hardcore. Just the recreational stuff. Tomatoes and maybe some green peppers. Maybe a couple of pumpkins for the kids. They’re perfectly safe. Everyone does it.
I got my hub to turn over the ground, buy some good soil, some peat moss, build a nice little edge around it with some old 4×4’s that were laying around. I started my tomatoes. Two kinds. It was fun.
Peppers. Some cabbages. Fun, I say! Purely recreational.
Then, I saw it… and I couldn’t resist. Broccoli.
Yellow squash. Cucumbers. Radishes, watermelon, strawberries, three varieties of onions…
I pulled my hand back from the rack at the garden store. I can stop. See? I can stop. I did NOT buy the asparagus or the super jumbo pumpkins the size of Rhode Island.
Three weeks went by, and I didn’t touch the stuff.
Yesterday, I fell off the wagon. I was in the grocery store, minding my own business, hand-selecting only the healthiest, freshest produce for my family. Then I saw them.
Seeds… lots and lots of pretty paper packages of seeds. The colors were all so bright and pretty….
Zucchini, carrots, green beans, a five-variety-pack of herbs. And multicolored peppers… red, yellow, purple, chocolate, white… And pumpkins.
I got the little cooking pumpkins. Kids can carve a couple, I can make pies…
There’s no use pretending. I’m caught in the web of evil gardening madness.
Off to turn over another 6×6 section of the back yard…
(who will be hurting in the morning…)
The results are in! What kinds of promo work best? All of them!
It was an almost exact tie, with the first two getting the highest response.
Romance author Jane E. Jones (www.janeejones.com) adds, “Honestly, I find that a good website and the social networking sites like Twitter, a regularly updated blog, and joining a popular writer’s forum or two have been the best promo for me.” You can read her comment to the What Kind of Promo Works Best for You post below.
Tammie King, (owner of Night Owl Romance http://www.nightowlromance.com, Romance Book Promotion, http://www.romancebookpromotion.com/romancebookpromotion, and Tammie King Web Design http://www.tammiekingwebdesign.com) suggests, “One way is to get started is by providing a monthly newsletter. Get people to sign-up by doing a monthly contest via the newsletter… promote that on your website and at other locations. I use Constant Contact, but their are other newsletter services.”
Here are the results:
|Posting excerpts with loops I regularly “play” on||
|releasing another book–each new release boosts back-catalog sales||
|blogging and/or twittering||
|Posting excerpts with loops I don’t regularly “play” on||
|Other (see below)||
|Offering contests and give- aways||
Best get working on that stuff…. after I tweat about it, and post it to myspace… come follow me!
Thanks to everyone who voted!
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