Thursday, April 26, 2012

Organized?

If you've read Life with Lynnie (LwL) entries over the past week or so, you'll know that I was in London, Ontario last week and placed copies of the book I wrote last year, at Creation Bookstore, 900 Oxford St. E.

I had planned to return to London once again, to approach funeral homes, and other bookstores, in an effort to market some copies of my book Love Never Fails You...  Click on this LINK for more information and to view a Youtube video.  Especially, if you know someone who is experiencing trials in life, and/or is grieving. 

When my daughter P told me she was going to be heading to London on Tuesday, I decided it was a good time for me to go, once again.  After all, why would either of us want to drive alone, when we could make this trip, together?!

After doing what I needed to do at home, P met me and off we went. 

Travelling on Hwy. #401 was fairly smooth sailing.  Well, I suppose I should have said driving, instead.  However, I must admit that I was glad to have company with me, because it can be a long and fairly boring drive.  Especially, alone.

This time, we didn't wait to arrive in London to obtain a map of the city, in case we arrived when the information centre was closed, again.  We stopped at the rest centre in Tilbury, where there was an Information Ontario office.  I was able to pick up a map of London, there. 

After dropping P off at the hospital for her medical appointment, I made my way around the city.

The map wasn't very detailed, but I managed to find every funeral home I set out to visit, with ease.  It even surprised me that I was able to visit seven (7) funeral homes, all in one day!

Of course, it helps that I worked driving a delivery truck for Canada Post, years ago.  This past experience always assists me in planning out my route strategy, when making multiple stops in not just my own city, but virtually anywhere I go.  Thank You, Lord, for blessing me with good organizational skills!

Believe me when I say it was a very full day, for me.  It seems to take a lot of effort to market books that are self-published.  However, if I had to do it again, I would do it exactly the same.

Some people don't realize that when an author writes a book that is to be published through a publishing firm, they sometimes lose the right to have their work published exactly as they wrote it.  Usually, part of the contractural agreement gives the publisher the right to change any part of the manuscript they want. 

This is why I did not go that route. 

As a Christian, I realize that by simply changing a word here or a phrase there, the whole concept can be changed so that the meaning has been lost.  There was no way I wanted to have that happen, so I made the decision to self-publish.  After all, when it comes to God's Word, I would not want changes made, so that readers might possibly be led astray.

In any case, this is why I have been taking opportunities to visit cities other than where I live, in order to market my book.

After we were both finished what we had to do, P and I enjoyed a meal at Swiss Chalet, before heading for home.  For anyone not familiar with Swiss Chalet, it is a BBQ chicken restaurant, that has locations throughout Canada.  Mmmm... good! 

On Hwy. #401, heading towards home, P and I enjoyed conversation, once again.  This time, we chatted about genealogy.  Our family tree! 

Throughout our conversation, P kept encouraging me to get together with her, when we both have some time, to be able to not just do some research, but also, to put into writing some of what we discussed.  I chuckled whenever she requested this. 

Time?  Who has time?  lol  Well, I suppose I'll just have to make time to do this.  Especially since we both enjoy genealogy and would like to be better organized.

Besides, it would also be a great opportunity to spend quality time with my daughter!


Until next time...

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