As an author in this economy, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.
Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Joanne M. Rypma, who is taking her latest book, Know God and Love Him, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. She will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about her and her book.
Joanne was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so we could give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Know God and Love Him.
OP: Tell us a little bit about Know God and Love Him. What is it about?
JMR: This prayer book offers you an opportunity to reflect on God and your relationship with him. It will help you to experience his presence and power in your life, and encourage you to trust him completely in all you say and do. You will read about some of God’s promises and his love for each one of us. Whether you are preparing for a pastoral ministry or you just want to meditate on the Word of God, these prayers will assist you on your spiritual journey and bring you closer to Him. Scripture passages from the Old and New Testaments are included in these prayers. The readings used on weekends in church for the Liturgical Years A, B and C each have their own prayer in this book. You will find that through my prayers your heart will be opened up to God’s love in such a way that they will help you grow in holiness. Through the night and through the day, my heart and mind are searching for the way. Rest in the heart of Jesus and let His truth guide us through the mysteries of life. Each day let us celebrate the gift of life God has given us.
OP: Why did you decide to write this book?
JMR: I was attending a Bible study class at my church and the priest would ask the parishioners attending this class to say an opening prayer. Week after week no person volunteered so I went home and wrote several prayers that I would say as an opening prayer each week. Everyone loved my prayers and told me often how much they meant to them. I was amazed at how my prayers were helping people in a very personal way, and also enabling them to begin talking to each person there about their personal spiritual feelings.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this book?
JMR: These prayers can be used for private reflection or shared with others at religious gatherings.
OP: What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
JMR: I believe God the Holy Spirit inspired me to write this book of prayers. There are many benefits to reading a prayer book, but ultimately we will only get out of prayer the transformation we seek if we are open to listening to God guiding us.
OP: Thanks for your time, Joanne! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
After 25 years of doing business office work, Joanne Rypma is giving her time and talent to working for her church in the Catholic Council of Women. She was born in Michigan and now resides in Florida.
For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/knowgodandlovehim
This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road”. Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.
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