Are you ready to celebrate the holidays?

Got all your shopping done?

Are you a planner or one of those last-minute grab and go type of shoppers?

If you’re like me and fall somewhere in the middle better hit the stores soon. Thank goodness for Amazon!

My shopping is almost complete. Only a couple more to find and a couple more I’m waiting on to be delivered.

But if you’re still looking for a great gift, remember books give all year-long! 


I hope however you celebrate this time of year, your holiday is filled with joy and wonder.

So, I’m not going to flood your inbox with posts you probably have little time to read. You’ll still hear from me, from time to time. Because I’m going to give myself a few days off around Christmas. But don’t you worry, I’ll be back with lots of energy and more stuff after the hustle and bustle of the holidays wind down.

I’d love to know…

More shopping to do? Or all finished?

Do you have any special plans for the holidays? 




Are you still searching for the perfect gift?

Tryouts for Ben may not be perfect, but it’s damn good if I do say so myself!

And there is still time to get this book before Christmas!

There is nothing better than a book that encourages a kid to succeed.

Buy Tryouts for Ben Today!

Add it in a stocking hung over the mantle with care, give it to a teacher for her library, a nephew, niece, or neighbor – please share!


Buy and review this writer will be eternally grateful! Click on Ben and order!

Tryouts c600

Please Tweet and share on Facebook!

Don’t forget you can find me on Twitter @jeancogdell and jean.cogdell on Facebook.


How to join in the holiday rush

I’d love to have a little of that holiday rush head my way.

Now don’t shoot the messenger. I know Thanksgiving comes first and I share your frustration with all the decorations flooding the stores earlier and earlier every year.

snowman holidays

However, thinking about when and how should we market our books take a lot of planning.

A big thank you goes to Nicholas C. Rossis for sending me the link to the article by Taylor at Written Word Media.

If you are wondering when to start, to click on the following link.

Holiday Book Marketing: An Author’s Guide to Black Friday and Beyond

These are great tips on when and how you might want to focus marketing your book.

Are you going to release, or market your book on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

To discount or not to discount?

These are important questions and Taylor gives us the answer.

So what are your plans? Or have you given it much thought?

Share your thoughts in the comments section. Please follow me at @jeancogdell on Twitter and jean.cogdell on Facebook!

And don’t forget, pay it forward with a click and share this post with your Twitter peeps and Facebook fans.