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15 Books about Fireworks to Celebrate Independence Day

 

Thinking about naming your new patriotic book Fireworks? I wouldn’t if I were you – not if your goal is to be original. In my Amazon search tonight for fireworks, 3,320 titles came up. The following are a selection of these titles. Please understand, I am not endorsing them, as I have never read any of them. I chose them based on covers I liked, titles that intrigued me, and just plain ol’ strangeness. The descriptions are direct quotes from their Amazon write-ups or published reviews. Think some of them may be telling about the quality?


 

1Fireworks, by George Plimpton. I first read this book while sitting in the office of our fireworks shop in NJ. I got about 12 pages in and realized that Mr. Plimpton knew the fellow I was working for. When I questioned my boss about this, he said ‘George? Hell, he used to come down and shoot with us – he loves fireworks’. Unfortunately he had passed on before I read the book, it would have been interesting to shoot a show with him. However the stories and information in the book show how taken he was with the craft of fireworks. For the casual fireworks fan, or for the dedicated pyrotechnician, you will find this book most enjoyable. 


2Fireworks Fiasco: A Very Smell 4th of July, by PJ Ryan. Rebekah, RJ and Mouse are very excited because they are all going to celebrate the Fourth of July together. There will be great food, a pet parade and a fireworks display that’s about to get VERY interesting after they put there heads together to come up with a magnificent prank that is sure to surprise everyone.

 

 


3Fireworks, by RaeAnne Thayne. Rachel Lawrence hasn’t been back to Wyoming since her husband died fighting a brush fire, but if seeing her beloved nephews again means facing rancher Sam Wyatt and the guilt she still feels, she’s willing to take the risk. Sam has plenty of his own guilt. He walked away from fighting fires and built a comfortable life on the ranch for him and his sons in Whiskey Creek. The last thing he needs is for Rachel to come back with her green eyes, her long legs and the smile he’s never been able to forget. 

 


4Fireworks over Toccoa, by Jeffrey Stepakoff. An unexpected discovery takes 84-year-old Lily Davis Woodward to 1945, and the five days that forever changed her life. Married for only a week before her husband was sent to fight in WWII, Lily is anxious for his return, and the chance to begin their life together. In honor of the soldiers’ homecoming, the small Georgia town of Toccoa plans a big celebration. And Jake Russo, a handsome Italian immigrant, also back from war, is responsible for the elaborate fireworks display the town commissioned.

 

 


5Destiny Center Success Journal – Fireworks, by Diane Wigstone. Congratulations on taking your next step towards a new you! Your purchase of this Journal means that you are serious about making some changes in your life and becoming all that God created you to be! [NO idea what the fireworks have to do with your success or God…] 

 

 


6Quackers and the Fireworks, by Candace Hughes. This sweet little duck is back for adventure! This time around he celebrates the 4th of July with his best buddy Nickolas. Nickolas helps Quackers with his fear of fireworks so they can both enjoy the celebration together. [Wondering, just a little, why the namesake duck doesn’t seem to make an appearance on the cover…] 

 


7The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, by Philip Pullman. Lila dreams to become a firework-maker, just like her father. In order to become a true firework-maker, she sets off alone on a perilous journey to reach the terrifying Fire-Fiend. She travels through jungles alive with crocodiles, snakes, monkeys and pirates, and climbs up the scolding volcano. 

 


8Faith, Fireworks and Fir, by Pam Andrews Hanson. David Maxwell is on a mission. He’s come to Evergreen, Michigan to persuade his beloved elderly aunts, Carrie and Cora, to give up their bed and breakfast and retire to Phoenix to be closer to him. His aunts have no intention of retiring and enlist Faith Turner, who manages a year-round Christmas store, to persuade their nephew to change his mind. 

 


9Fireworks on the 4th, by CR Hiatt. WARNING: The exploits of the sleuthing duo of McSwain & Beck are not fanciful fairy tales, or made for TV love stories. Though the series is fiction, the crimes depicted are straight from the headline-type stories, developed from interviews with big city and small town detectives. The situations are real. Ruthless corruption is real, and the perpetrators and victims are getting younger. 

 


10Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, by Angela Carter. In Fireworks, Angela Carter manages to tell stories dealing with Japan, medieval torture tactics, incest, gender-bending, and mirrors (LOTS of mirrors). 

 

 

 


11Selling Fireworks for Profit! “I Made Over $40,000 in 16 Days,” by Will West. [Sure you did.] If you’ve ever wondered about Selling Fireworks for yourself, your business or a non-profit group or charity, this books is an introduction to the business and the best way to make money selling fireworks. You’ll learn about the business and what it takes to sell fireworks.

 

 

 


12Fireworks and Darkness, by Natalie Jane Prior. The temperature in the room dropped, like the bitter cold before a storm, and the smell of magic gathered like a mist. Then the windows rattled, the floor shook and the paper stars and firework cases and all the trumpery tackle of Casimir’s trade suddenly lifted off the shelves and whirled around him in a blinding, stinging storm… Simeon Runciman is a firework maker who used to be a dark magician; a difficult man with a dangerous past. His son, Casimir, has always known part of the truth about him. 

 


13Fireworks at Dusk: Paris in the Thirties, by Olivier Bernier, portrait of Paris during the 1930s. Among the characters featured are some of the best-known names of the period – artists, writers, designers, party-givers and political figures, including Elsa Maxwell, Picasso, Dali, Gide, Cocteau, Schiaparelli and Pierre Laval. 

 

 


14Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse, by Otsuichi. Summer is a simple story of a nine-year-old girl who dies while on summer vacation. While her youthful killers try to hide the her body, she tells us the story – from the POV of her dead body – of the boys’ attempt to get away murder.  

 

 


15Katy Perry: A Life of Fireworks, by Chloe Govan. How Katy made her transformation from demure choir girl to sexy household name. Accounts of the conflict Katy had growing up with a deeply religious minister as a father and her penchant for skimpy attention-grabbing outfits and subversive lyrics. Details the story of her ill-fated early career, including an early gospel album released by a small record company which went bankrupt soon afterward. Her eventual rise to fame and her controversial first chart-topping single “I Kissed A Girl,” her bisexual affair and the struggle Katy faced between her sexuality and her religious background. Exclusive stories revealing the making of her albums. Tales of the love affair and marriage to notorious television presenter Russell Brand.

Wishing all of Marcie’s American readers a happy, fireworky 4th!

Laura

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Grab your flag, sparklers, and bunting – July 4th book marketing ideas!

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Well, Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year. That means you either get a gloriously long weekend – or you get an extra day off in the middle of the week. Either way, it’s a perfect opportunity to market your book, regardless of the topic! Freedom, history, and patriotism are just a few of the themes of this holiday. Your job is to find the natural tie-ins and leverage them as best you can.

If these it”s too late to use thes ideas THIS year, keep them on hand for next year and/or decide NOW how you can apply some of them to the NEXT HOLIDAY or seasonal event. We’ve got a few coming up between now and the end of the year:

  • Back to School (August/September)
  • Labor Day (September 3)
  • Halloween (October 31)
  • Election Day (November 6)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving (November 22)
  • Hanukkah (December 8-16)
  • Christmas (December 25)

Remember, the ideas here are just suggestions. Your goal should be to try them out and see what works for YOU. Even better, though, would be to use this list as a jumping off point, getting really creative and coming up with your own unique book marketing strategies!

Have a wonderful July 4th holiday!

  1. Get out that digital camera for your own holiday celebration. Your readers want to CONNECT with you. You don’t have to take them on a detailed tour of your home or interview every relative at the family picnic … but giving them a glimpse of your life so they can feel closer to you will go a long way toward building rapport and a lifelong fan.
  2. Purchase or dust off your banner, head to the dollar store for an Uncle Sam hat, and get yourself a spot in your local Independence Day parade. If vendor booths are available, you may be the only author there!
  3. Host your own Independence Day event. Sponsor a pancake breakfast at a local restaurant or do a holiday book signing at the flag shop.
  4. Drape your car with red,white, and blue bunting and a big sign with your book cover and website on it. Don’t be afraid to BE memorable!
  5. Make sure to carry business cards and/or postcards with you at all times so that you can hand them out when you meet new people. Leave them behind at coffeehouses and shops that allow it.
  6. Give away free flags at your book signings. This tip doesn’t have to be limited to July 4th. Find flags for all the holidays – or that match the theme of your book. Put your website on them somewhere so they serve as ongoing reminders of how to find you.
  7. Use www.GotPrint.com to send holiday postcards to those on your list for whom you have mailing addresses.
  8. Use your blog or social media sites to give away a couple free copies of your book to celebrate the holiday. Throw in a couple 4th of July bookmarks with your website and contact info.
  9. Write an article for your community newspaper, tying your book to local Independence Day traditions. You may have put on your creative thinking cap, but as an SBM, I know you can do it! (Note – most small monthly papers have about a 2-month lead time, meaning that’s how far in advance of publishing they need to receive the article.)
  10. The 4th of July is all about picnics and comfort food. Come up with a dozen of your favorite recipes (if they’re related to your book, all the better) and put together a little pamphlet or eBook to give away for free via your website, blog, or social media platforms. Write a media release about the recipe book giveaway.

MARCIE

*Savvy Book Marketer

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There’s still time to get in on our 10-week program: SOCIAL MEDIA FOR AUTHORS. It starts July 18 and goes for 10 consecutive weeks. Sign up for single classes or pay for all 10 and receive a 25 percent discount. Week 1: Facebook Fan Pages (7/18/12); Week 2: Twitter (7/25/12); Week 3: LinkedIn (8/1/12); Week 4: Pinterest (8/8/12); Week 5: SlideShare (8/15/12); Week 6: YouTube (8/22/12); Week 7: StumbleUpon (8/29/12); Week 8: Ning (9/5/12); Week 9: Blogging 1 (9/12/12); Blogging 2 (9/19/12).

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10 Independence Day book marketing tips for independently publishing authors

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Happy 4th of July weekend! Here’s a special gift for all of our SBMs* – an extremely rare Saturday post, in honor of the big holiday weekend. This is a list of 10 book marketing tips directly related to the 4th of July holiday. I realize that many of these are probably arriving too late for you to implement this holiday, but there are still two things you can do with them: (1) keep them on hand for next year, and (2) decide NOW what you can apply to the NEXT HOLIDAY … the next major one being Halloween, a full four months from now.

This list is a radical departure from the norm for this blog, where we’ve been examining one tip per post in depth. Our plan is to walk you through every facet of a crafting a successful book marketing campaign from scratch. So if you go back to the first post and read in order, you’ll notice a logical progression. Nevertheless, each post also stands on its own.

Certain tips on this list will receive expansion in future posts – but some are pretty self-explanatory. Remember, the ideas here are just suggestions. The goal is to have you try them out and see what works. Even better, though, would be to use this list as a jumping off point, getting really creative and coming up with your own unique book marketing strategies!

Have a wonderful July 4th holiday!

  1. Get out that digital camera for your own holiday celebration. Your readers want to CONNECT with you. You don’t have to take them on a detailed tour of your home or interview every relative at the family picnic … but giving them a glimpse of your life so they can feel closer to you will go a long way toward building rapport and a lifelong fan.
  2. Purchase or dust off your banner, head to the dollar store for an Uncle Sam hat, and get yourself a spot in your local Independence Day parade. If vendor booths are available, you’ll probably be the only author there!
  3. Host your own Independence Day event. Sponsor a pancake breakfast at a local restaurant or do a holiday book signing at the flag shop.
  4. Drape your car with red,white, and blue bunting and a big sign with your book title and Web site on it. Don’t be afraid to BE memorable!
  5. Make sure to carry business cards and/or postcards with you at all times so that you can hand them out when you meet new people or leave them behind at coffeehouses and shops that allow it.
  6. Give away free flags at your book signings. This tip doesn’t have to be limited to July 4th. Find flags for all the holidays – or for whatever the theme of your book is. Put your Web site on it somewhere, so it serves as an ongoing reminder of how to find you.
  7. Use www.GotPrint.com to send holiday postcards to those on your list for whom you have mailing addresses. Don’t have many mailing addresses? We’ll talk in a future post about ways to gather those little pieces of gold.
  8. Use your blog or social media sites to give away a couple free copies of your book to celebrate the holiday. Throw in a couple 4th of July bookmarks with your Web site and contact info.
  9. Write an article for your community newspaper, tying your book to local Independence Day traditions. You may have put on your creative thinking cap, but as an SBM, I know you can do it! (Note – most small monthly papers have about a 2-month lead time, meaning that’s how far in advance of publishing they need to receive the article.)
  10. The 4th of July is all about picnics and comfort food. Come up with a dozen of your favorite recipes (if they’re related to your book, all the better) and put together a little pamphlet or eBook to give away for free via your Web site, blog, or social media platforms. Write a media release about the recipe book giveaway.

See you Monday!

MARCIE

*Savvy Book Marketer

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Thursday, June 30 – How much TIME will you devote to marketing your book?

Monday, June 27 Start with ONE book marketing strategy, and BE DILIGENT about it!

Thursday, June 23 – INTERESTED or COMMITTED – What’s the difference when it comes to book marketing?


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