Tuesday, March 8, 2011

with Shellie Neumeier

Guest post by Lisa Lickel.
Shellie Neumeier's debut novel for Young Adults, Driven, reached the best seller list in her category several times in electronic format. Driven, a novel about a high school girl's struggle against the darks forces inside and out of this world, was released by Risen Fiction on December 1 as a special deal for Kindle in time for Christmas. The print version recently launched March 1. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Shellie's book was also entered for a Carol Award in two categories – Young Adult and Debut.

Shellie had her very own launch at her local independent book store, Fireside Books and Gifts in West Bend, WI, on March 5. I met her there and we talked for a bit.

"The book was based on my high school," Shellie said. Her classmates have been very curious about which characters they might represent, but of course, Shellie's not sharing anything about that. I asked how she prepared for this launch. One, she secured the book store date. Two, with her candid lack of cooking-related skills, she bought cookies: "I didn't bake so they'd be edible," and three, she used E-vite to send out electronic invitations to her launch day. "This was such a good tool," she said. "It reached folks not on FaceBook and Twitter, and it got my personal and church friends to talk it up if they were on the Internet."

How were sales? "Pretty good," Shellie said. "Steady for the first couple of hours." She paid attention to the recent talk about how to do a book launch on the ACFW main chat loop and thanks everyone for their great ideas.

Shellie's Web site: www.ShellieNeumeier.com.
Find her on Facebook.

You can purchase Driven from Amazon.

Shellie is giving away a copy of Driven. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Guest post by Lisa Lickel.


Anonymous said...

I'd like to win this book!

cjajsmommy said...

This sounds like a good book for young people.

Joanne Sher said...

Jealous you got to meet her, Lisa! I wanna win it too :)

apple blossom said...

please include me in this drawing thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Charity said...

Please enter me again. Sounds great! Thanks!


Courtney said...

Sounds like a great book! Count me in for the drawing!



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noseinanovel said...

I have been hearing good things about this book around the blogosphere. Would love to read it :)


Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Lisa Lickel said...

Don't you love it when others tell us they've heard of our books? And yeah, Shellie is pretty cool, even if she's ascaredy of flyin. :)

Shellie said...

*blushes* aw shucks guys. Thanks for the encouragement. And I am so humbled to hear such good things:D. Never hear that kinda stuff when it comes to my cooking...More like, "Mom, the chicken's pink again." ;D

Meredith said...

I'd love to read this! I like that it's based on her high school!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

windycindy said...

My niece would really enjoy reading
this book...
Many thanks, Cindi

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