Updates on the Marketing Plan for Signs of Hope

I have started a new marketing plan for 2011. I am now “hitting,” all the bookstores, and gift shops in Oregon that I can, in person, to see if I can place, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World,” in them.

If you are a store owner, or know someone who is ine in the Northwest area, please make a comment and let me know the contact information.

I will offer a 40% discount just for the store, and even go on consignment. That means no money out of the store owners pocket unless the books sell.

I placed two books in the Oregon State Capital Building gift shop this last week, and I have 24 books placed at the Women’s Assistance league gift shop at the Daue House location in Salem.

I have books in all of the Rainbow West Christian bookstores, which are in Albany, Salem, Gresham, and Oregon City in Oregon, and two locations in Vancouver, Washington. One store is at the Vancouver mall.

There are books at the Eola Hills Winery in Rickreall, Oregon.

On the Oregon Coast, there are book in Newport at the Canyon Way book store, and in Waldport at the New Creations Beauty Salon.

You can order it online at www.barnesandnoble.com, www.amazon.com, www.christinabooks.com, and on this website at: www.dougbolton.com.

On my site, I will be changing the price, in the next week. I will let you know when it has been changed. The price will be lowered from $19.99 to $15.99. A four dollar savings.

The books ordered from my website will have a personal note and an autograph.

I will have some exciting news in a future post about a contest for self published books I am entering. (News at 11:00 Pm. 🙂 )


Also check back for updates on new signing  times and locations I will doing this year. One is already scheduled at Border’s Bookstore In Salem, Oregon on April 16th, from 2-4 P.M. The location of the store is on Lancaster.

You may Give up on God, But He won’t Give up on You

I had a horrible day yesterday. Satan isn’t happy that I published, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.”

I decided to put my author hat away, and put on a salesman hat. It was time to contact all the local bookstores, and gift shops.

Out the door I went all excited to do God’s calling.

The first place I went to was a small independent Christian book store called, “Wings of the Soul.” I walked up to the store door and turned the knob. It was closed!  The store was suppose to open. It was not. I left feeling a little dejected, but  moved on to the next place on my list.

The next place was a local pharmacy that had a nice gift shop. I am even close friends with the owner. He was in favor of me putting the book in his store, but he has a shop manager that I needed to contact first.

I went into the shop, and asked one of the staff if I coud meet with the manager. The lady I talked to must of ate nails for breakfast. She blurted out, ” She’s not here.” I asked when she might be back.? “I don’t know!” This went on for a few minutes, and I finally  gave her one of my promotional packets, and asked her to give it to the manager. She again blurted out,” I don’t when she may be back! She comes and goes when she wants!”

That was a wonderful adventure, but I am not done yet. I  stopped by the city library to set-up a signing there in the future. It was closed!! They close the library on Mondays due to cut-backs.

I had one more stop. It was another independent Christian Bookstore near my home. I met with the owner, and he wouldn’t budge on what he wanted for a discount, and I left a broken man.  

I then got home and opened up my email. There was an email from the manager of my local Borders bookstore in Same, Oregon. We have a signing scheduled there on November 6th from 2-4 p.m.

(If any of you life in the Salem, Oregon area, the address of the Borders Bookstore is 2235 Lancaster Dr NE. Go to Mapquest to locate it.)

He said my publisher wouldn’t send him the books he ordered for the signing until he paid upfront. He let me now that he didn’t  have the funds in his local budget to pay for 100 books. He only has enough for 35 books.

I emailed him back and said I could provide the 100 books from my own personal inventory of books I had. I hope that works out well.

All in all, a day to be depressed, and wonder where God was. Well, I found out later where God was. I went to my weekly BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) meeting.

Please understand that what was covered in this one meeting wasn’t planned just for me, but when you read some of the quotes form the meeting you will see God was definitely speaking to me.

The topic? Adversity, Trials, and misfortune.

Quotes form the lecture:

“Fear results when you believe your adversity. Faith results when you believe God’s Word.”

“Romans 8:31 “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Romans 8:28 ” God causes all those things of adversity in our lives to work to good those who believe.”

” You may give up on God, but He doesn’t give up on you.”

“Be still and now that I am God.”

“God’s presence with me is my solution to fear.”

The final statement by the speaker was this:

“God will be your sanctuary as you will be a SIGN to the world when you fear Him.”

I heard the word “sign,” loud and clear. That word is in the title of my book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.”

God was telling me to get up, and dust myself off. Get back out there and try again. I am doing that today, so pray that I will be more successful because I have God on my side.

BTW… you can order the book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World,” off of my author site at www.dougbolton.com.  If you do you will get an autograph and personal note  with the book. When you get to the site, just click on “Bookstore.”

Never give up! Never ever give up!!




A Great newsletter and Free eBook Are Just the Beginning

A Great Newsletter and Free eBook are Just the Beginning

It has been a while since I informed you of what it means to subscribe to my newsletter. Let me list what it means:

1. You get a great newsletter that has an 88% top rating for good content, and style.
2. When you subscribe, you get a free eBook to download called, The Top 25 Ways to Survive in a Troubled World. It is full of “How to,” ideas on how to cope in a not so friendly world.
3. When you subscribe, you are also automatically placed in all future drawings for free books that are top sellers, and most have the author’s autograph, and personal notes in them.
4. A couple of examples of what books will be given away are:
• The Shack, written by William Paul Young. I met Paul at a conference and had a chance to talk to him personally. He is a very interesting man, and if you win this book, I will share with just you the conversation I had with him. It is a fascinating story of his childhood that was full of abuse, and trials. He also shared his troubled years of when he had an affair, and how he was able to save his marriage. You will really enjoy his story. The Shack has been # 1 on the New York Times best selling list for 58 weeks straight.
• Three Cups of Tea, written by David Relin, for Greg Mortenson. It is about a journey that Mortenson went on to try to provide schools for the children of Afghanistan, and Pakistan, even though they are controlled by the Taliban. Three Cups of tea, has been # 1 in its category for 152 weeks straight. I also met David Relin, and he shared his story that will only be given to the person who wins the book. Both books have the author’s autograph and personal notes.

5. The newsletter has four pages:
• The first page will have excerpts from my new book, Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind: Life Beyond Bumper Stickers. There have been many excerpts that are in the archives of this site you can read, and on the post yesterday was another one. I said I would have one today, but I thought it was important for you to know about all the goodies that are available to you, just by subscribing. I will put the follow-up excerpt in tomorrow’s post.
• Another page has sports. Mostly Oregon State University sports. I am a die hard Beaver fan that bleeds orange. I will have reports from all of the sports at OSU, but mostly the major ones like, football, basketball, and baseball. There will personal looks at some of the players, and enough statistics to chock that famous horse. I will also report on sports from other colleges and pros., as I see the need to cover them.
• The third page is a travel page. I have been having guest travelers share their experiences as they travel. People have subscribed to the newsletter just to read the travel page. The next newsletter will have Ron Kelemen sharing his experiences in India. He has been to Mumbai. He can share his thoughts on what the hotel that was attacked was like, and the climate there while he visited. He will also be sharing his travels on the roads most tourists do not go on.
• The last page will be a resource page that will have different kinds of articles that will help those who are seeking ways to cope in a troubled world. This is a very popular page of the newsletter.
• The front page will also have a lead in section that will talk about the current events going on with my author world, plus updates on past articles that need addressing.

As for the website www.dougbolton.com, the ratings are also very high from those who come to it. Please check the endorsement tab that is at the top. You will read, not only endorsements for, Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind: Life beyond Bumper Stickers, but there will be endorsements for the site itself. I am very pleased with all of the endorsements, and feel free to add your own thoughts that will be placed on the endorsement page in the future. (If they are nice, of course.)

Check out the “about the author,” tab, and if you still like me after that I will have you hooked!

The archives have all the back newsletter issues. I haven’t posted the last few, but they will be there in the future.

You will also see a tab that sends you directly to my blog: www.depressionsuppressed.com. There, I have many articles on ways to cope if you are battling self doubt, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, fear, or even hopelessness. There are months of back posts you can search and find articles to help you through your day. Check back often to that site.

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