Monday, February 28, 2011


Join the fun and purchase your copy of DRIVEN from AMAZON.COM on March 1 and receive bonus gifts from the author and her generous supporters. (Offer good 3/1/11 only.) For more information check out my shellieneumeier.com .

ABOUT Driven:

Robyn loves her friends, enjoys her youth group, and looks forward to meeting cute Caleb Montague. But when a caustic news reporter challenges her school’s prayer team, Robyn must choose: defend their right to meet on campus and pray for whomever they wish or back down at the principal’s request.
Now she must learn what God wants her to do. And she had better learn fast, because there’s a supernatural enemy in town whose sole mission is to stop her—no matter the cost.

FREE E-GIFTS FROM THE AUTHOR—

• Purchase Driven Tuesday, March 1 and receive a personalized, signed book plate mailed directly to you plus. . .
• Free signed bookmarks to share with your friends

BONUS GIFTS

If you purchase Driven Tuesday, March 1, you will also receive free e-gifts (deliverable via email or over the internet) from authors Delia Latham, Lynn Dove, Tracy Krauss, Brenda Hendricks, and Elaine Marie Cooper.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT Driven

Driven is a new take on the age old battle of good versus evil. Gripping from the first page, this is one book you won't want to put down.

--Leanna Kay, co-creator of www.samiesisters.com - a place for Christian girls to grow in faith.


Driven is a breathtaking book of tension, intrigue, and heartwarming emotion. From the moment I began to read until the very last word, I couldn't put it aside. It held me enthralled!

--Lindsay Below, author of Head Over Hand-Bought Heels

Oily creatures of the night are seeking to destroy a group of teens at Brookfield Central High School. Their primary target? A resilient teenage girl who refuses to question her calling. But how much guilt, how much pain, and how much accusation can one human take? Laced with other-worldly plot threads akin to Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness, Shellie Neumeier’s debut novel inspires followers of Christ to stand strong in God’s calling regardless of tragic circumstances. Along the way she explores tragedy in friendships and the beauty of redemption.

--Caleb Jennings Breakey, Refining Teen Writers into Rockstars www.CalebBreakey.com

In the tradition of This Present Darkness and The Screwtape Letters, Driven pulls back the veil between worlds and reminds us that our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against Satan and his minions. But the journey of Robyn and her friends against both physical and spiritual enemies also illustrates the more exciting truth: that ultimate victory rests with our God.

--Anne Mateer, author of Wings of Dream, September 2011.




Married for almost 20 years, Shellie and her husband have four wonderful children and two goofy greyhounds. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, she went on to acquire an early childhood education certificate. Shellie also served in youth, children’s, special needs and family ministries for over twenty-two years.
Today she enjoys teaching her teens how to drive and chauffeuring her preteens across the Wisconsin countryside. And once in a while, she enjoys reading a classic tale or new suspense. In addition to writing fiction, Shellie is an avid blogger on her site http://shellieneumeier.com and several others including http://Samiesisters.com, http://www.suite101.com/.com, and http://thebarndoor.net.

Contact her at:
Website: www.shellieneumeier.com
E-mail: neumeier(dot)shellie(at)gmail(dot)com

DRIVEN's Amazon book launch has been coordinated through participation in the John 3:16 Marketing Network.

Friday, February 25, 2011

A 'Best Sellers' Post Script

One day after the launch of my book MY MOTHER THE MAN-EATER, I am still overwhelmed and oh-so-grateful for the 'surprise' of actually reaching best seller status. Yes, MAN-EATER reached #12 (to the best of my knowledge - it may have been higher) in the 'Romance-Contemporary' category at Amazon.ca/ - the sister subsidiary to Amazon.com in Canada. This was especially exciting since I had neglected to change my categories there to the narrower ones I had chosen at Amazon.com. 'Romance-contemporary' is actually a pretty broad category with 42,404 books listed.

In the end I can chalk up the success of the launch to several key factors:

1. Follow the 'rules' for book launches as listed within the 'John 3:16 Marketing Network' guidelines to the maximum degree that you are able. There are several excellent documents outlining exactly how to host a successful launch, written by people who actually know what they are talking about. And it works!

2. Stay organized. You will soon discover that your book launch 'to do' list, along with the plethora of correspondence, will bury you if you don't take steps to maintain an orderly system of tracking what you are doing. I created more than one separate 'folder' in my email account to manage all the correspondence, and I also created a separate word document where I could keep track of those offering to blog, give e-gifts, or just tweet. In the end I had 57 people willing to help me in some way and there would have been no way for me to stay organized had I not taken these steps to stay organized.

3. Prepare well in advance. I started preparing for my launch a good six weeks before the actual date. There are so many things to do, from changing browse categories at amazon, to creating a landing page, to contacting potential supporters individually - that you will quickly lose your sanity (and some hair?!) if you leave it until the last minute. Just a note on the 'contacting individually' ... this is a key factor, in my mind. An initial group contact is fine in the beginning, but I can't expect everyone to take the same amount of interest in MY launch that I am taking. We are all busy people and not everyone is going to remember to post or get around to reading every group email. You will be much more successful if you take 'ownership' of your own launch by doing most of the leg work.

4. Prayer. In the end, all my hard work and valiant effort is only as good as my trust in God. Ultimately, He is in control of my 'rising and sleeping'; my 'going in and coming out'. Whether you actually attain best selling status or not, rest assured, God is on your side if you are putting your trust in Him. The experience you will gain and the connections you will make are well worth all the effort.

I wish everyone many blessings as they continue to walk with HIM and as they move forward toward their goals. The Marketing Network is a wonderfully supportive place for Christian authors to work together and I pray that it will continue to grow as God sees fit.