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I have heard some discussion of this from both sides - what is the collective wisdom on BMN? Any hints and tips? Things to avoid?

Tags: signings, book

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary McCauley Sep 13, 2008.

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Something About Me and My Book:
A professional librarian, historian, and storyteller, Marilyn A. Hudson is the Director of Library Services for a private University. Prior to this, she served as public services librarian for a metropolitan library system and as a library media specialist for public schools. Listed in the 1997 Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, she was the 2002 recipient of the OLA Outstanding New Librarian Award, and member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, Golden Key, and Phi Kappa Phi. Her general research interests are in history, especially social, religious, and church history; women’s studies; mythology, folklore and storytelling. Hudson was lead writer and editor of the book, One Night Club and A Mule Barn: The First 60 Years of Southwestern Christian University and authored, Those Pesky Verses of Paul: Examining Women in the New Testament, Elephant Hips are Expensive, and others. She received a B.A. in History and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Oklahoma.

Her books:
"The Bones of Summer: A Collection of Chilling Tales"
"When Death Rode the Rails: Strange deaths along Oklahoma rails, 1900 to 2000."
"Those Pesky Verses of Paul"
"Tales of Hell's Half Acre: True tales of early Oklahoma City"
"The Mound: A Novel"
"Noel Brooks: A Life Shining and Burning, 1914-2006"
Forthcoming works:

Madame Delaine and the Daring Girl Detective
Madame Delaine and the Invasion of the Areostats
Foul Harvest, a novel

I also do book promotion for Oklahoma authors or Oklahoma themed books at OKLAHOMA WRITERS ( and a limited free - but professional - review service at , "REVIEW IT!" (

THE MOUND: A NOVEL, Available Now on Amazon!

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After literally years of effort - rewrites, rewrites, rewrites - the paranormal suspense novel, The Mound is launched.  It is available on  and is already generating buzz. One has already highly recommended it on their blog as a 'great horror read.'   To view Amazon page: Click Here.




Posted on August 7, 2011 at 10:06am


I am going to be launching a first novel in a few weeks.  I would like to envision an "event": book signing, photo opps, book buyers galore, and all in a place exotic or evocative at least .... Okay, so I do have a vivid imagination!


What unusual locations have your used or seen used to reveal a new work?



Posted on July 8, 2011 at 11:12am


Author Marilyn A. Hudson tackles a topic that has long afflicted many women in the Christian church. For one of the few times, the apparent limitations of women in the life of the church are examined by a woman. The words of the Apostle are balanced by examing the actions of Jesus Christ. Centuries of assumptions and "copycat" commentary are peeled away to reveal a world of new possibilities. The result may surprise some, anger many, and challenge all… Continue

Posted on August 19, 2009 at 3:30pm

New Book Started

A new book is in the works...and I have the most delightful collaborators....they work cheap(milk and cookies mostly) and giggle a lot!

Posted on March 15, 2009 at 8:23am

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At 11:55am on July 15, 2010, Lisa Copen said…
I apologize for another post. We were not "friends" yet on this network and I did not want to delete your posts without having it pasted somewhere! here is the conclusion of it

I was working with a woman wanting to write on women pastors. She chose the term "women's ministries" in her description of the work. The male reading that proposal interpreted it using his frame of references: women's Bible study groups, church work with women, etc. The author meant one thing and her reader understood the term in a different way. Other terms that can lead to confusion include: ecumenical, prophetic, apostolic, charismatic, pentecostal, evangelical, etc.

All of these lead directly to problems in marketing. Be clear in what you want to create, communicate that clearly, and then keep repeating.
At 11:55am on July 15, 2010, Lisa Copen said…
Hi, Mary! I am updating the Christian author connection group here at BMN and cleaning up the comments section. Your comments (below) however are wonderful and I did not wish to delete them but rather move them somewhere where people can find them more easily... I'm wondering if you had any other tips you would like to share and perhaps we could start a discussion area for people who actually are librarians, and work in a Christian bookstore, etc. on how books should be better described, classified, shelved, and more. Would you be interested?

In my experience, as a professional librarian and book selector, often times the ball is dropped in the development phase. There have been many instances when I really wanted to add a book to the collection of a library - but could not determine what the TOPIC or SUBJECT matter of the book was.

I encourage authors - even those working with editors (because not all are created equal) - to sit down and in 2-3 sentences describe their book without "jargon", nomenclature, or confusion.

"Pride of Lions is dynamic examination of the way people often function in life, roaring and tossing around a proud mane of self-importance, while others work quietly in the backgroun doing the hard parts. Learn how to identify these "lions", how to work with and around them, and how to maintain your own self-worth in the midst of a "Pride".

We need to be aware that our use of terms may not be understood the same way across a wide audience group.
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At 6:09am on December 4, 2008, Kenneth Shelby Armstrong said…
I am very grateful for the review that you gave my last book, THE TREASURES OF LIFE. Now I am presenting a new novel,ROBIN. It is new although I spent 10 years writing it. I will be grateful for your considering it when it arrives at your place in three or four days. Thanks again for this service that you provide to all of us. Kenneth Shelby Armstrong
At 5:55am on August 10, 2008, Marilyn A. Hudson said…
Yes, I have met Sharon and several others from PA. I have promoted several of their books on a book promotion page I do.

One of the hurdles for small presses and self-published authors is getting titles reviewed. Books are sent out -free - to numerous potential reviewers but in many cases it is simply money down the drain. As a professional libraian whose has had to buy thousands of books over the years, I know that libraries and schools look for books with reviews to provide a rationale for purchase. They want, usually, the big name review sources, yet the simple truth is there are far more books published (in just the major houses) per year than EVER see a review. So what chance do small presses or self-publishing authors have? When I do a review of a book, it is in the manner I would if I were considering them to be printed in a librarian focused publication. I apply all the professional criteria to provide, hopefully a jump start to promoting and selling a worthwhile title. Reviews provide backmatter copy, website comments, and other valuable promotional material. Not all books get reviewed, however, and I am up front about that. If a book is not worth putting on a book shelf, I do not provide a review for professional reasons. I do, however, provide tips and suggestions to the author ( a spoon ful of sugar helps the medicine go down, they say....). I have links on my blogpage at
At 7:24pm on August 9, 2008, Mary McCauley said…
How do you do a book review. The publisher will send books free for reviews. My publisher is PublishAmerica. They've gotten some press in the past, but they have done everything they promised to do. I have a friend Sharon Ervin who has done 4 or 5 books with them and they were all good. Thanks.
Mary McCauley
At 2:05pm on August 1, 2008, Graham Odenyo said…
At 7:32am on July 30, 2008, Marilyn A. Hudson said…
Mary: As soon as you get closer to publication, send the details and a .jpg (if possible) and I will add it. You can never get too many mentions! I have not joined OWFI yet...I was a member of the OKC group many moons ago....then went back to school...then ....then.... You kow how it goes...have been to many of the book festivals and met many of the authors and writers from around the state. I also do free professional reviews perfect for backmatter or pr!
At 10:28pm on July 29, 2008, Mary McCauley said…
Thanks for your offer to put my book info on your blog. My book isn't out yet. I bet we know a lot of the same people. Are you a member of OWFI. I lived in Tulsa all my life until 2 years ago and my husband got a job in McAlester. I was president of Tulsa NightWriters for 2 years about 5 years ago. There are a lot of good writers in Tulsa NightWriters. I belong to the McAlester McSherry Writers now. Smaller group but we have a nice group.

Best wishes,
Mary McCauley

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