‘How To Spend Less’ Update

I haven’t posted any ‘How To Spend Less’ articles since the new year began, so I just wanted to give an update about what’s been happening with this project. If everything goes to plan, it looks like it will be more of a success than I previously thought. But I have to be careful not to rush things and think small for now. Here’s what’s in the pipeline.

Supermarket stocking

I approached my local supermarket and presented a case for the book to be stocked there. I was advised to contact the head office and managed to get details of exactly the person with whom I needed to speak. Unfortunately, she was on holiday at the time. (Does this happen to you? You finally find the person you need to speak to, only to discover they’re on holiday?) Ten phone calls later, I was able to speak to her. She assured me that if I was able to go back and convince said supermarket (she gave me the specifics of who I needed to contact) to agree to take some copies, she would be happy to make arrangements for ‘How to Spend Less’ to be stocked there, and possibly even at other branches of the same store. I returned to the supermarket and convinced the person involved that selling How To Spend Less  there was a good idea. I got a yes!

So, I’m sending the book to head office this week with a positive answer. (I’ve been waiting for a delivery for the past week, but with the whole of Britain under heaps of snow, my delivery is lagging behind my will to push forward.) Hopefully, my contact at the head office will like it enough to get it distributed not only locally, but nationwide.

Library addition

I had a meeting with my local library manager who was very keen on the book, all the more because I live round the corner from the library. (I think its pertinent topic helped too.) Since there are 3 libraries in my immediate vicinity, I’ve offered myself to give talks at each branch on the subject of spending less. My new contact seems to think that this is the best time for such talks because of the current economic downturn we’re experiencing. The letters have gone out to the right people with their correct names and titles attached. My aim is to have the 3 libraries stocked with a few copies of ‘How to Spend Less’ so that people can have access to it without having to part with any cash. This book was meant to be my ‘loss leader’ introducing my work to potential fans. When the library teams are familiar with me it will be easier to give other talks about my successive books.

Website contest

I know someone who owns a site which also hosts a healthy family-based forum. I supplied her with free monthly articles for an entire year when she was first setting up. Now she’s running a very profitable and successful site, I’ve asked her for a little favour. She’s going to take on both my published books and give them out as prizes for contests. Of course this also depends on my delivery which isn’t happening at the moment.

In other news

And this is about my latest self-help book, A Model’s Guide To Losing Weight Without Dieting.  I’ve been in contact with my local health/fitness authority. They’ve recently connected with leisure centres and the National Health Service to bring about healthy living to the people of our communities. I’ve suggested we work together because my book raises similar issues they address in their nationwide self-improvement campaign. I’ve got a positive response and the book has been requested to be read and practiced as a trial. (Again, I’m waiting for the delivery). If all goes well, this is a project I’m very excited to be a part of. It will require me doing a lot of speeches, but that’s okay.

From next month I’ll be the proud editor of Chapter and Verse magazine (voluntary work) which will give me a lot more reasons to smile. I’ll try to upkeep my weekly posts here as well.

Here’s hoping that I have brilliant news on my next book update. Thank you all for your support and encouragement.

~ by yearzerowriters on January 12, 2010.

7 Responses to “‘How To Spend Less’ Update”

  1. Anne, there’s fantastic news in here, and a great testament to your hard work and determination. Not only that, of course, but some great tips for anyone trying to get their book stocked!


  2. Thanks, Dan. I wrote this so that others can be encouraged to press on. We have chosen to self-publish and sometimes this can be very discouraging. I just wanted to say that sometimes there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
    Anne LG

    • There IS light at the end of the tunnel, yes. I’ve found independent bookshops to be VERY receptive to both stocking books, and hosting events. Likewise, the media is always keen to run an interesting story. I sent out ivitations for the Year Zero Live at Rough Trade event to people in publishing and to the press, and I’ve already had 15 people from agencies, publishers, newspapers, magazines, and the radio put their name on the guest list. It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance – but it’s NOT impossible. That’s a myth.

  3. Anne, I am very impressed by your determination and hard work, and wish you lots of success.

  4. Congratulations on all the successes you are garnering from all your hard work. Very inspiring!

  5. This is wonderful! I’m glad to hear it’s going so well. And it is very encouraging indeed. I’ll have my own self-published monster this summer, so this gives me some hope!
    – Sarah

  6. Thanks for the support, everyone. It’s so great to know that there are others travelling along the same path as yourself. We all will come up with ideas to help each other and it’s so encouraging to share.
    Anne LG

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