Thursday, October 27, 2011

Promoting "Deathly Quiet" and thoughts on NaNoWriMo

November is fast approaching. For me this means putting the "push on" for promoting my little tale of dark fiction, "Deathly Quiet".

My first public opportunity presents itself next week at MuseItUp Publishing Authors' weekend retreat, where a Meet, Greet & Book-signing event takes place at Zeller's in Pointe Claire on Saturday, November 5th from 1pm - 5pm.  Muse authors from all over the North America (and possibly a few from elsewhere...) will be promoting their short-stories, novellas & novels.

Although "Deathly Quiet" comes out November 18th, I'll be there making the most of the wonderful opportunity our publishers have given us, and handing out promo items with the details of how to purchase my gothic tale. I look forward  to chatting it up with readers as well as getting to know my fellow Muse Authors!

I've been working on different items to hand out and I thought I'd share this postcard I created using of the book cover art by Mike Zambrano.

I have a few other items I'll be using, all variations on the above, including a bookmark. For those with experience in this area of book marketing, what items do you find work best to promote your work? 

I'd like to let you know MuseItUp has just released
A collection of ten short stories written by Muse Authors 
Barbara Ehrentreu, Gloria Oren, Lisa J. Lickel, Nan D Arnold, Nathaniel Tower,
Rosemary Gemmell, Suzannah Safi, Tanja Cilia & Vicki Batman.
 The authors and cover artist have generously donated these stories and their royalties
to help raise funds for cancer research.
This book is dedicated to the memory of Karen McGrath,one of Muse's editors
who passed away from cancer in 2011. 
Click on the link above to purchase a copy.

November also means it's NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month.

The challenge is to  write 50,000 words in 30 days. That works out to 1,667 words per day, my blog-hopping peeps! I participated last year, meeting the challenge and finishing my first Young Adult novel - The Powers Within - in the process.

With only 4days, 12 hours and 10 mins to go...I'm still wondering if I'll participate this year. If I do, I'm thinking of writing the sequel to The Powers Within - thereby creating a duology as I always planned.

Hmm... Plan = Outline. I'm usually a Pantster but with so many things on my plate, I think I'll need one to brave the challenge this year.

What about you? Do you plan to take on the NaNoWriMo challenge?

:) Lisa

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Goodbye New York City!!

Thanks for the memories NYC....

Just about to load the vans and leave the Riverside Towers Hotel

Producer, Director and Driver Stephen!

Oops, this van visited the pound...parking in NYC is a tricky thing!

Au revoir New York City - until we meet again!

Monday, October 10, 2011

NEW YORK - Day 4 Final Performance & Strawberry Fields

Monik leading the way on our walk-about before heading to the theatre

Notice the Cirque du Soleil poster on the left.

The famous Penn Station. What a maze....I got lost in it twice! haha!
Any and all surfaces are used by Producers to advertise in this town!!

Avenue of the AMERICAS

After the positive experience we all enjoyed this weekend, we feel like we could be part of this club!
Bravo la gang de Armadillo Acres!

You are now entering the Fashion District - clever!

During my visit, I realised how much I love steet signs

I wish I had pictures from the show to post but it was such a whirlwind of activity once we entered the theatre, I couldn't concentrate on capturing wonderful backstage moments.

Gillie - sound tech

Susan and Herrick taking a much deserved break.

Closing Party
A beer and an order of fish and chips to celebrate our successful visit to NYC

With Stephanie - our "Pickles"

Pierre (Norbert) and Pierre (the "thief")

Classy choreographer Lorna

Simon - production assistant
After we feasted on pub fare we headed off our separate ways for a couple of hours. Some met up again to see Avenue Q while others - myself included - saw This One Girl's Story. It's part of the NYMF line-up of amazing shows.  I was totally blown away by the magnificient voices of the cast! I was so happy to have been invited to attend as were the rest of our group.

Afterwards, Pierre (Norbert) and I walked over to Central Park and joined the crowd gathered there to celebrate John Lennon's birthday. It was an emotional experience.

The Dakota - directly across from Central Park

John Lennon 
9 October 1940 - 8 December 1980

Sunday, October 9, 2011

NEW YORK - Day 3 Dress Rehearsal and Opening Night

A big hello from the Big Apple.

Opening night was a blast. Full house, high energy, lots of great memories. When I have a little more time I'll post more pics. We were insanely busy but Pierre, Monik and I made some time to have a hearty breakfast and a little shopping nearby.                   

                                Zabars! The official breakfast nook for us Trailer Parkers. Excellent coffee and hearty breakie!!

A little shopping before getting to the theatre

The Barrows Group Theatre
Look up....look waaaay up - TBG theatre

Yes Monik and Pierre, we're here!!
Up please!

Bare stage without our set

Ou rNew York Producer - Hillary Cutter

Betty and Ginny - the very best of Trailer Park friends!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

New York - Day 2

Good Morning!!

For those who've never been to New York City, let me show you what it feels like....
This sums up the "feel" of NYC. High and purposeful energy all day, every day!

After a hearty brunch at Zabars on Broadway and West 80th, running personal errands, taking in a bit of the sights, we all made our way to Carroll's Music Studios on West 55th Street. |Monik, our wonderfully funny Betty, joined us there after producing her morning show on 105.7 Rythme FM in Montreal.
Carroll Music Studios West 55th St. Manhattan

Studio 3 - we spend most of the day here
The band working through the score with NY bassist Don

Stephen going through the plan for the day
After the meeting with our director, we set to work doing an "Italian" of the show while the band worked in our NY bassist Don. An Italian - for those who might not know - is basically speaking through the show without music, singing or movement. After the Italian, we moved into Studio 3 and began an intense music rehearsal.
Sarah, Eve & Pierre looking through the NYMF program

Monik, Tina, Stephanie and Maxime work through some harmonies

Sweet sound from the Trailer Park Ladies

The Great American TV Show

Yes, I'm really here...I still can't believe it!!

Danica belting out her song

Pierre and I working through "Gardien de mon Coeur"

Ken - Guitar & Don - Bass

Paul on Drums
After a long day we all headed back to the hotel. Monik and I had a couple of giggles in our shared room before the world went dark and I drifted to sleep.

Now, here I am in the hotel lounge typing this out before I'll jump in the shower and then make my way back out to Broadway. We'll grab another hearty breakfast at Zabars and then take the #1 down to Penn Station to the TBG theatre for our first presentation of Ma Femme Ma Blonde et Ma Roulotte!!

Talk to you all later my blog-hopping peeps!!

xx Lisa