Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Skyping a Contract Signing By Angela Breidenbach

After authors Angela Breidenbach and Valerie Comer collaborated on a Christmas anthology, they decided to get the marketing ball rolling in a unique and fun way. I asked Angela to share their idea. -- Sandy

Angela: Snowflake Tiara is a Christmas anthology coming out Sep. 1, 2014. Two novellas set in the same town at Christmas 125 years apart. My novella, The Debutante Queen, opens the day before Montana becomes a state in 1889 while Valerie Comer’s novella, The Model Queen, opens during the current holidays. In our research, we found out 1889 was Helena’s silver anniversary and 2014 would be the 150-year anniversary for Helena MT! Delighted to celebrate these historic events!

We dreamed up this book concept at ACFW 2012 while attending the same workshop. Talk about mischievous girls passing notes in class! Valerie asked me if I’d write a 2-1 with her and the notes started flying. Then after conference, the emails kept us brainstorming and researching and emailing.

Techie vs Necessity

Valerie knew about an app for smart phones called Viber. It allows us to call and text for free between Canada and Montana. What a blessing when we just need to talk an idea out. We’ve tried Google Hangouts, Skype, and Viber to communicate for our collaborative efforts. If one happens to fail, and they do sometimes, we switch to another. We’re getting techier by the minute out of necessity! (Techier is a word, right??)

One afternoon we’d switched between all of our communication back up plans trying to choose an antique tiara for our story and book cover. It’s an important element and had to be one that would work in both 1889 and 2014. I have no idea who thought of it now, but we decided to buy identical tiaras. We could wear them to signings, events, and have one for the book cover photo shoot.

Big Ideas

When the story concept moved to contract, my co-writer and I were so excited that we wanted to sign our contracts together. But being in different countries, a few hundred miles apart, we needed to set an appointment to see each other’s faces and Skype the contract signing. Valerie owns an app, Call Recorder, which records Skype calls. It costs about $30 a year. She suggested we wear our tiaras and sign together while recording the first official event on the journey for Snowflake Tiara’s release. I imagine we’ll have some more fun recorded Skype events since this one was so well received.

Making a Splash!

Most of the time we laughed too hard for the recording to work. I highly recommend this for the pure laughter, but it is good marketing as well. Both Valerie and I are on Mac computers. She used the movie program to edit out a few blips, though we thought about a blooper reel. Then we had our final product. We had no idea the Skype recording would cause so much response! We hope Snowflake Tiara continues to create such a splash.

Would you like more info on how to record a call on Skype? Valerie wrote a lesson.

As a writer, what marketing ideas have you had that could be considered out of the ordinary? 


A little about Angie:

Angela Breidenbach is a captivating speaker, coach, and author of A Healing Heart, from the Abingdon Press Quilts of Love series, Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life (women’s Bible study & small group book), and countless articles, devotions, and compilations. New book, Snowflake Tiara, coming September 2014. She is certified in mentor/peer counseling as a CTA life coach, as a Stephen Minister, and a weight loss/nutrition/fitness coach. Angela volunteers as the Christian Author Network's public relations director. Her professional positions include editor with Choose Now Publishing and support editor for the Thinking About Suicide blog. Angela is owned by #Muse, the dog-like cat, whose antics and articles can be found on his new blog, A-Muse-ings. #Muse also knows social media and visits facebook, twitter, and Pinterest sharing his favorite books as the most well read cat in the world.
Twitter/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach

About Snowflake Tiara:

The Debutante Queen (1889) by Angela Breidenbach
While other women are marching for women’s voting rights, Calista Blythe is more interested in helping orphans. She enters the Miss Snowflake Pageant designed to draw winter tourists to Helena, Montana, hoping the prize money will buy one small street urchin’s freedom from cruel servitude. Pageant organizer Albert Shanahan is delighted his beautiful friend will compete. If only winning wouldn’t mean she must remain single for the full year of her reign. But when Albert discovers what Calista is hiding in his inn’s stable, will he help her or disqualify her from the pageant—and his heart?
The Model Queen (2014) by Valerie Comer
Supermodel Marissa Hiller left her glam days far behind to farm in Montana after agency photographer Jase Mackie challenged her motives for drawing attention to hungry children in Africa. When the Miss Snowflake Pageant is resurrected, Marissa’s organic cooperative persuades her to represent them for the sake of the single moms she’s helping…and because her triple-great grandmother competed in the first pageant. There’s more at stake than a tiara when she discovers Jase is out West as the official photographer, ready to mess with her heart once again. Can Jase make amends and convince her his love is pure?

What book does Angie currently have out?

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