Last week on Facebook there was a discussion about how hard it is for many of us to negotiate when it comes to salaries, honoraria, etc. We want people to know what we're worth without having to tell them, yes? Doesn't work that way... but knowing that doesn't make it easier.
So this is the post I've been dreading, yet I know it's really important. This is the "ask."
If you read this blog, you care about... I don't even know what to call it. The deeper things of life? Nuance? Weird connections between things? Random links? The subtitle of my blog is "beauty, ideas, creativity, and the life of the Spirit," but I don't know. Whatever brings you here, I believe that the themes in Sabbath in the Suburbs will resonate with you.
I could call all of this a movement if I wanted. A Sabbath movement! And yes, it is that. Life moves fast. People are anxious. Fewer folks take vacation and time for rest than they used to. Some people have forgotten how. Technology means our work week doesn't ever begin or end. Our kids are as overloaded with activities as we are. My little book is part of a much bigger conversation.
But it's also a book, and I hope you will buy it.
Here are some concrete ways you can support me and my book:
- Pre-order: The book comes out September 30, but pre-ordering helps build buzz for the book, so consider pre-ordering Sabbath in the Suburbs from Chalice Press or the online retailer of your choice. I know, Nameless Online Retailer gives you free shipping. But I get a smidge more money if you order from Chalice. I don't know how book pricing works, but I do know if the price goes down, you'll get the lower price, so no need to hold out.
- Mark it "to read": If you're a Goodreads user, put my book in your to-read pile. Again with the buzz.
- Host an event: Consider scheduling an event at your church or organization. I am still working out how to make such events happen while maintaining my congregational responsibilities at Tiny Church, but I am setting a goal of one event per month. Get in touch with me at maryannmcdana (at) gmail (dot) com and let's talk.
- Be a Sabbath Ambassador: Reviews are hugely important in helping people decide whether to buy a book, so consider writing one for Amazon, Chalice, and/or Goodreads. Will you commit to writing a review? E-mail me or comment below and I might even be able to get you an advance copy.
- Be a carnival barker: OK, sort of. I'll be planning some kind of blog carnival around a theme relating to Sabbath, so if you have a blog and would like to participate, leave a comment here or get in touch with me via e-mail. Again, maryannmcdana (at) gmail (dot) com.
- Connect: Of course there's Facebook and Twitter, but I'm also compiling an e-mail list. See below for more.
- Network: Do you know anyone in media that might be interested in highlighting the book and/or Sabbath? I'd be honored and humbled if you'd put me in touch. I've done a couple of interviews already and was pleased to see that I did not die as a result, so...
And finally, some free stuff:
- The YCW Sampler: Chalice put together an e-publication with one chapter from each of the five Young Clergy Women books thus far. It's a free download here and features the November chapter of my book.
- E-mail list: As I mentioned above, if you'd like to be on my e-mail list---no more than 2-3 e-mails a month and unsubscribe whenever you want---let me know in comments or at maryannmcdana (at) gmail (dot) com. Yes, those e-mails will have news about the book and speaking gigs, but it will also include content you won't get on the blog.
Thank you. We preachers are humbled and honored by the gift of people's attention, and I feel the same way here at The Blue Room. I know for sure that there would be no book without my blog readers cheering me on.