Travel, Sex, & Train Wrecks: Publicity! I Can Haz It?

Sorry I have been so MIA lately. I've been doing so many amazing things: leaving Mexico City (finally!) and traveling to Pennsylvania, New York City, and my hometown of Toronto. I've been working on draft #2 of my novel for my agent, shooting a documentary about my worst trip ever (oh yes!), and attending the book launch for my first published personal essay in print.

Check out Eat It! for my contribution. It's only $15 CAD and contains essays by greats such Sarah Barmak, Stacey May Fowles, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, and more. Buy it and contribute to the greatness of women in Canadian literature! Support women everywhere and their love of food and sex! Make small publishers rich! (Unlikely, but you can try.)

So any great things happening! So little writing about them!

The main reason for my lack of communication is also a happy one. I've been working on a stellar publicity project which happily marries my love of travel, memoirs, and book publicity. Julie Morey chucked her life and took on Southeast Asia for seven months. The girl doesn't hold back from talking about the fallout from her divorce plus her very sexy adventures.

This is Julie!
Since I'm departing for Thailand and my grand Southeast Asia adventure in less than a week (I think I just peed myself a little) I found the book so inspiring. In fact, I'm going to do a 10 day silent retreat just because Julie so gamely took it on in her memoir. There's a great point in the book at the end of the retreat when she has a breakthrough that helps her move past the pain of her divorce. So I thought, "I need that breakthrough! I especially need to move on past the pain of x, y, and z in my life! I hate moving on! I will be silent in a monastery in Thailand too!"

What I really love about the book, though, is that Julie is not at all concerned with appearing precious. Bodily functions, sexual desire, emotional pain, and balls-out partying baldly get their due in her memoir. To me, feminism can be simply refusing to look precious for possible male eyeballs and presenting oneself as a whole, needy, messy person. Julie does this very well and I salute her for her bravery and honesty.

Now you might say, B you're working on this book. YOU HAVE TO LIKE IT. Well my friends, the beauty of being a freelancer is that you get to pick your projects. After jobbing it in corporatelandia where I worked on books that were less than vile, I've decided to only take on things that make me happy. I really did like this book, you really might like this book, the only way to find out is to watch Julie do her thing in this promo video she shot and I edited. 



OH AND BUY IT. AMAZON. BUYING. BUYING THE BOOK. SO MUCH HAPPINESS.

Look at my publicity skillz. It's blinding, really.

ADD IT ON GOODREADS.
LIKE HER ON FACEBOOK.
FOLLOW HER ON TWITTER.

I just earned my project fee right then and there, right?

OK, I'm back next week with a post on New York and my feelings. Cheerio.

Oh also! Giveaway. Leave a comment below and I'll pick a winner before EOD next Friday (November 22). Said winner will receive a promo code to get a free copy of the book. Magic.

5 comments:

avisannschild said...

Please enter me in the giveaway and congrats on publishing your first personal essay! Both books sound like great reads!

B.Kienapple said...

Definitely! You're entered! Cheers and thanks for the comment.

Theresa Lemieux said...

Sounds amazing. Can't wait to read! Please enter me and similar amazeballs craziness publicity skills. Which we're still working on, apparently. Please please!

Beatrice Anichini said...

Good luck Bronwyn with your book! After Travel, Sex, & Train Wrecks, what about a destination wedding in Italy? ;) We are waiting for you…

Kitchen Worktops Guy said...

Amazing, sounds so exciting, and you're right, some serious publicity skills there!

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