Just Too Busy: Backstory & Book Giveaway

When Joanne Kraft walked into an Inspire Christian Writers critique meeting a few years ago, she brought with her a two-page article about her family’s radical sabbatical and a lot of spunk.

We all knew she was on to something big. Turned out it was something bigger than an article. It was the beginning of her book, Just Too Busy: Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical.

Inspire writers have enjoyed following the growth of Just Too Busy through the critique phase as Joanne took it from a few thousand words to 187 pages.

We laughed at the antics of the Kraft family as they journeyed through their one-year time-out. We were also challenged to look at our own busyness and adjust any priorities that had become out of order.

We learned how to be more intentional about family time and discovered ways to impact our families’ legacies.

We watched in anticipation as God opened doors to publication for Just Too Busy, providing Beacon Hill Press and Rachelle Gardner to help make this book a reality.

Now we are delighted to see the book selling well. Joanne had a super-successful book launch party and a blog tour with dozens of blogs participating. Radio stations and newspapers are interviewing Joanne and her speaking schudule is filling up. Later this summer she will journey cross-country, visiting with blog readers and signing her book.

The writers of Inspire know Just Too Busy is blessing families all across the US and even in other countries!

Are you busy?

Of course you are. We all are.

Today, we are offering a solution to your busyness. Just leave a comment below and we’ll enter you in a drawing for a signed copy of Just Too Busy.

To learn more about Joanne, visit her at www.JoanneKraft.com or www.GraceandTruthLiving.com

If you would like to book Joanne to speak at your book club, women’s group, MOPs group or women’s retreat, send her an email at Joanne-Kraft@comcast.net

10 Steps to Developing an Internet Presence

by Sue Tornai

Laura Christianson, the featured speaker at The Christian Writer’s Conference at Redwood Chapel this year inspired writers with great information. Here are some great tips from her last session on developing a web presence for your writing business:

  1. The top social media tip of the day is “Simple Works.” Write clear and concise. Cut the adjectives, adverbs and clichés. Jesus’ simple message was/is “Come and See.” Invite your readers to come and see.
  2. Pay attention to what’s going on in the world: listen and engage, best sellers, top blogs, political issues, faith issues. We need to know the world we hope to change.
  3. Did you know that 20% of the people calling 411 information are looking for churches? Did you know that the number of 411 information calls for palm readers has risen 217%. Our world needs to know the clear and simple  truth about God’s amazing love.
  4. Since we find free wi-fi everywhere, it’s important to have an Internet presence. Whether our readers are waiting in a doctor’s office, having lunch, or waiting at the airport, they need to be able to find us. We must be easy to find and give away great content. Readers want to know “What’s in it for me?”
  5. Use videos as much as possible. We remember 10% of what we read and 50% of what we see in videos. Create an account on YouTube, Facebook,  and/or Twitter. If you do not have a website or blog, create them.
  6. Consider the possibilities of print on demand publishing. More and more readers prefer reading books on electronic readers. The business doubled in 2010.
  7. Did you know you could publish with Kindle? It’s called Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Upload your book. No need for an ISBN. Sell your books for $2.99 to $9.99. You get 70% royalties. Is that incredible or what?
  8. Do you know about SmartPhone technology? These phones can read bar codes. You can have your own Quick Response (QR) code linked to your blog or website and print it on the back of your business cards.
  9. Laura Christianson is the blogging pro. Visit her blog at http://www.bloggingbistro.com/.
  10. Your Internet presence is a step in the right direction toward building your platform. Blogs are fun to write and fun to read.

Tame Your Busy-ness

Joanne Kraft will discuss and sign Just Too Busy, Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical

Drawing from her family’s head-on collision with busyness and the twelve-month experiment that changed their liv

es, Joanne Kraft encourages parents to break the bondage of busyness and learn how to become a family again.

Joanne mixes humorous stories with thoughtful observations from the Kraft family’s one year time out. Her wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like A.D.D. (Activity Denial Disorder) Families will find simple ways to guard themselves from the temptation of constant distraction.

Join the Inspire Christian Writers as we celebrate Joanne Kraft’s book launch at Caffe Santoro, one of her favorite writing spots.

Friday, June 17, 2011 at 6pm

2531 Merrychase Drive, Cameron Park, CA