Janice Thompson is the author of numerous novels — most in the "romantic comedy" genre. When she read some of the discussion we've been having about book marketing, she sent this in…
When one is known for her comedic writing, she thinks twice about taking on a story about the sinking of the Titanic. Imagine my surprise when the team at Summerside/Guideposts Publishing fell head-over (pun intended) for my story idea involving the great ship. Queen of the Waves is a twisted tale, loaded with all the elements—romance, intrigue, and a cast of characters with more luggage than the kind one can carry aboard. Writing is done, and the story is set to release later this year.
My response to my friend’s suggestion? No thanks! However, the wheels started turning in my brain as I thought the idea through. I might not be interested in boarding a real ship, but what about a “Virtual Titanic” cruise to commemorate the 100-year anniversary? Now, that sounded like fun. I put my feelers out, and within minutes had a response from several readers: “Yes! We want to board your cruise!” With their enthusiasm building, I quickly created a “Queen of the Waves” group on Facebook and put out the following invitation to all interested parties:
And come, they did. The ship is filling with all sorts of folks who are already requesting specific classes and cabins. Back in 1912 you could get a third-class ticket for $36, but a first class ticket would run you up to $4700. My cruise will cost you nothing at all. Well, nothing but a wee bit of time, anyway. My Virtual Titanic guests are already sharing photos of the dresses they plan to wear to dinner the first night and chatting about who they plan to hobnob with while aboard the ship. We can hardly wait to set sail.
I sent a quick note to my editors to bring them up to speed (pun also intended) and they jumped onboard at once. So my editors will be sailing with me. And, as if I didn’t have enough to celebrate, one of my Facebook friends is the great-great niece of Edward Smith, the captain of the Titanic. She has agreed to serve as our captain while aboard the ship. I’ll serve at the cruise director, of course, offering entertainment all along the way.
So, that’s it, folks. That's how I'm promoting my next novel. You are welcome to join me for the cruise of a lifetime. Pack your trunks. Bring your warmest clothes. Prepare yourself for several days at sea. Get your tickets by asking to join “Queen of the Waves” at https://www.facebook.com/groups/120336238089159/. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me —
SPECIAL NOTE FOR TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOL PARENTS: I’m particularly interested in having students join us. Perhaps you would consider giving your student an assignment to travel the high seas with us. They can choose their clothing, decide their daily activities, meet friends on the ship and much more. Along the way, they will get a thorough teaching about the Titanic (albeit in a fun, entertaining way). They will also learn a lot about turn-of-the-century customs, manners, and the like.