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Alzhiemer' Trippin' With George Release Date Set

I am excited. You are excited.

The local County-wide paper did an article about the book and the launch party.


Launch celebration is set at Cattle Dog in Inverness at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 23rd.  There will be coffee and mini-muffins and folks chatting. 

Since this is my first book on Amazon I still am stumbling through it.  Each time I change my mind on the book cover it causes problems on my bookshelf on Amazon.  And it causes problems for the sites I have contacted for book reviews and promotions.  Each time I decide to delete more pages, it cause problems that have to be fixed.

I set a lower price for Pre-sales.  But then one of my mistakes kicked me off of Amazon's pre-sales ability.  Arg!  So now I am stepping back and letting things settle before I dig in again.   I have written Amazon and asked for forgiveness and can I please get some help.

The thing is, I envisioned me having copies of the book for the book launch so I could sign them for people, but I have not figured out how to get copies of the book without a stripe across the front that says, "NOT FOR RESALE".  More research is needed.

So we may just be giving away book marks at the book launch and then doing book signings at the local library.  Living and learning for sure through this!

A friend in the neighborhood had just launched her book, Our Journey by Kathie Heimsoth.  She is encouraging me and telling me to relax, it will turn out OK.  She didn't do any pre-sale promotions.

I have already been invited to speak at an Alzheimer's support group.  I was pleased to see someone I sent a review copy to send on a quote from the book to their support group leader.  So I will be speaking briefly at the  Alzheimer's Support Group on Feb. 15.  The group meets at 10:30.  I don't want to take up much of their time, I know how important it is for those who are in crisis to share and get support.

In the meantime I have had to give up some of my party-time with friends.  Not all of it, though.  Lots of fun times.  Last week I went with Debra and Frankie to listen to Jo Jo Moyes at the local pub.  And yesterday I went with a fellow Dementia Diva widow to hear a Beatles Tribute band.  We danced, we laughed, we sang along!

Today, a cold-rainy day, I have a couple that our staying with me getting shelter on their bike trip from the Keys to New Orleans and beyond.  They found me through warmshowers.com

Hopefully I will post again soon with some good news about the progress of the launch.  For now I am stuck in limbo.


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  1. What is the saying? "Life is a journey." Sue, you're doing fine and learning so much! The reality of your being out in the dementia community, sharing your and George's story through your books and speaking engagements, shows your big heart and desire to help others through their personal journeys.

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