Write Your Plans in Pencil, and Give God the Eraser

I had a book signing at Eola Hilss Winery in Rickreal, Oregon On Sunday, which was Mother’s Day. My wife and I thought we could seel as many as 70 books, because the brunch they was holding was sold out, and 700 people were coming.

It didn’t turn out that way. We only sold 7 books. This might sound like a failure to some, but let me share what happened.

One lady bought four of the seven books. She bought one book early in the morning, and then came back ab0ut an hour later and said she had read some of it while eating the brunch with her three children. She loved it and wanted each of them to have one too.

One of her sons was out of work, and was battling depression. I was able to meet him out in the parking lot, and told him that I was going to pray for him. A seed was planted, and it wouldn’t have  happened if I wasn’t there for the signing.

Another woman bought a book for her mother who was there. I met the mother later, and she was excited to personally meet an author. ( What ever that means!)

A staff member working the brunch bought one for her boyfriend. She said he needed some encouragement.

The seventh book was bought by the father-in law of the owner of the winery. The owner had bought a book earlier, and told his father-in-law that he loved the book and was reading it the second time.

Another staff member told me of a Christian bookstore in a small town near him that would probably carry the book if I talked to them.

None of this would have happened if i didn’t do the signing that day. So was it a success? Yes it was. I predicted what I thought the outcome would be, but God had other plans.


To take a look at this books these same people bought and liked you can go to the top of this page and click on the “bookstore,” tab. You will then see a description of the book, and how to order it.

It is on sale right now. It was $19.99, and now it is $15.99. The shipping has been cut in half as well. A totla savings of oever $6.00.

I hope you will check it out, and see why so many people are being blessed by the book.

Surfing Sized Waves on Oregon Coast

I went to the Oregon Coast today. What a beautiful day! Not a cloud in the sky and the waves were like the size of surfing waves; big and majestic.

I was able to stop by one of the bookstores called Canyon Way Bookstore in Newport, Oregon where I have my book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.” I was pleased to find out that they had sold a book, and gave me a payment for it. Always a pleasant surprise when that happens.

I also found out that I had sold four books at Eola Hills Winery, in Rickeall, Oregon this week. I will drop by there to give them a new supply.

The book is selling on a steady pace. However, I expect it to really start selling right here on this sight, since I announced a couple days ago, that I lowered the price from $19.99 to $15.99, and cut the shipping cost in half as well.

The really good news is that everyone that orders from this site will get an autographed copy of the book.

All you have to do is go up to the tab that says, “Bookstore,” and click on it. That will take you right to the page that has a full description of the book, and how to order.

Take advantage of this special offer. The book is still $19.99 in the store outlets through-out the Northwest. PLUS you get an autographed copy if you order here.  

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.