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Book Dedications

Authors often dedicate their books to loved ones or people who helped them along their writerly journey. I dedicated my first adult novel to my husband, and others to various family members who’ve supported this writing habit of mine.

My current novel, Daisy (which will be published digitally in July and in hardcover in September 2022), is dedicated thus:

To Truman, Penny, Mina and Winnie

Those are my sweet grandchildren. The oldest ones are beginning readers, and I have no doubt they will all be voracious book devourers over time. Although Daisy is not a young adult or children’s novel, I wanted them to see their names in print in an actual published book. I hope it inspires them.

Other authors have taken different approaches to dedications, and the website Bored Panda has a list of 57 book dedications, some of which are hilarious. My personal favorite was the book of poetry ee cummings dedicated to the fourteen publishing houses that had rejected it.

Here’s another that made me laugh out loud:

Not only did I laugh at that dedication. I also nodded my head. Although novelists are writing fiction, what author can resist the temptation to use unpleasant people they’ve encountered in life as inspiration for unpleasant people they write into their stories?

So, beware if you are friends or family with writers. This t-shirt sums up the risks:

Maybe I should get myself one of those!

Don’t forget — Daisy is available this summer and fall, published by Bancroft Press. The Great Gatsby told from the perspective of Daisy Buchanan: “A delightful portrayal of a female character claiming the story as her own, repossessing her own voice.” BookLife Prize Contest

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Promoting “Daisy” and Things to Watch

My publisher is sending me about a dozen ARCs (advance reader copies — uncorrected copies of a book sent out for promotion and reviews) of my novel Daisy, so that means I should start doing some promo myself for this novel.

I’m very excited about its release later this year (first digitally, then in print in September), but, as usual, I’m stumped as to how best to communicate that excitement to potential readers. Should I look for “influencers,” do more social media, wear a sandwich sign and walk around a mall promoting the book?

Probably. But I don’t know many influencers, don’t do TikTok, barely do Instagram, read Twitter but rarely post there, and, well, I don’t look good in a sandwich sign.

So here I am at my blog wondering what to say to communicate how passionately I feel about this story, Daisy Buchanan’s telling of The Great Gatsby tale, how much I want the whole world to read her view, her coming to terms with learning to be stronger, more independent, less a “beautiful fool.”

Because I recently shared with some relatives some information on series I’ve enjoyed watching, I thought I’d start there, with recommendations for good TV shows, all coupled with how they relate to Daisy. These mini-reviews allow me to mention my novel…a lot. That counts as promo, right?

Around the World in 80 Days: A refashioning of the Jules Verne tale, this series is updated to include a feisty “reportress” among the travelers. A little slow at first, but it has a wonderful character arc for Phileas Fogg. Daisy‘s protagonist is a feisty woman, too. If you like seeing women coming into their own during difficult times, you might enjoy this series and my novel, Daisy.

All Creatures Great and Small: An update of the original series based on the lovely James Herriott novels, this series (season two of which is available now for streaming) is a little predictable and “cute,” but so peaceful and sweet, it’s hard not to binge on it. Daisy might also seem predictable if you have read the great masterpiece on which it’s based, but you’ll also find diverging plot points from the original, and, of course, a more fuller exploration of the main character, Daisy Buchanan.

Reacher: A series (not the movie) based on best-seller Lee Childs’s character, a veteran who’s so stoic you wonder if he’s on the autism spectrum, solving a mystery in a small Southern town. Violent but very satisfying in that all the bad guys get what’s coming to them. In Daisy, some characters do get what’s coming to them, and there is the hint of violence, but nothing rising to the level of this series. So if bloodshed isn’t your thing, Daisy is for you.

Ted Lasso: This is a gentle comedy about an American college football coach and his assistant hired by a British soccer team. Ted is an unapologetic optimist and good person, and he ends up changing all those around him, usually for the better. The only unapologetic optimist in Daisy is, of course, the doomed character Jay Gatsby. Oh well. You still might enjoy Daisy.

Inventing Anna: Series based on the true story of a woman who passed herself off as a German heiress, scamming many of New York’s elites, this show keeps you watching even though you Google the outcome. Daisy is like that, too. You might know the arc of the story if you read the original, but you still want to find out how the micro adds up to the macro, how Daisy reinvents herself.

The Last Kingdom, Season Five: Uhtred fights in various places in England. Nuff said. It’s on Netflix. Daisy does not have a single sword-wielding character, but she does end up charting her own destiny, not leaving it up to the Fates, and she has to fight her own internal battles to reach her goals.

On my to-watch list:

Wait for Your Laugh: Documentary about Rose Marie, actress, singer, comedian, best known for playing Sally Rogers on the Dick Van Dyke Show. Amazon Prime. Daisy is quite a witty character–did you notice that, reading the original? She has some great, slyly funny lines, and in my novel (did I mention it’s called Daisy?) she offers some well-placed bon mots, as well.

Lucy and Desi: Documentary on Amazon Prime. Daisy is a great love story, too, but in my novel she has to learn to love herself…as soon as she determines who she really is. In Daisy. The novel. By me.

Bridgerton Season Two: A romp of a romance set in Regency England, some watchers have dubbed it “Bangerton” for, well, you know.  Netflix. Are there sex scenes in Daisy? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out!

Daisy by Libby Sternberg. Available for preorder at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

and maybe other places, too.

Phew, glad that bit of promo is done!

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