Post #90 – Women’s Memoirs, News – Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler
Memoir Marketing, a Giveaway, and Now a Winner
On January 31, we posted an article that talked about marketing your memoir and gave the example of using a giveaway to engage your readers. Case in point was a CD from Altissimo Recording called “We Can Do It! – Celebrating Women in WWII,” a CD of vintage World War II music played by military bands. Stacy Flankey of Altissimo had contacted us because she knew of our memoir, Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story as well as our interest in memoir stories about Rosie the Riveter. So it turned out that both of our websites, this one focusing on memoir writing and the one focusing on Rosie the Riveter and stories of Rosie’s Daughters (women born during WWII) were relevant for what became a double giveaway.
She asked if we would like to giveaway the CD as the prize for a comment contest. We replied an enthusiastic “Yes.” We love to find ways to engage the visitors to Women’s Memoirs and this was the perfect example of a way to directly connect with our readers.
And the Winner Is…
We got great comments. We want to thank everyone who left a comment or who thought about it. We think you’ll agree that a giveaway is a wonderful way to engage readers.
Kendra and I both read through them carefully and found it hard to decide on just one. We hope you will agree with our choice. Why did we choose Yvette Perry’s comment? We admit that we imagined a certain range of responses so Yvette’s caught us by surprise. She wrote a mini-memoir that is just 10 sentences and managed to “show” why WWII music, in particular “I’ll Be Seeing You,” means so much to her.
Congratulations Yvette. We hope you enjoy your new CD.
When the “Mispah,” a B-17 bomber, was shot down, after 20-plus missions, Dad and the other crew member who survived were put in Stalag 17 for what became 2 1/2 years. In his home town of Superior, a small mining town in Arizona, my mother waited for word of his safety.
The drugstore on main street posted the pictures of the town’s sons who were serving our country; one board for those known alive and the other for those lost. When Dad was listed as missing in action, his picture was put on the lost or dead list. True to Mom’s stubborn nature, she physically ripped his picture down and put it on the ‘live’ list. She wouldn’t accept that he was gone.
“I’ll Be Seeing You” will always bring tears to my eyes for Mom and Dad embodied the lyrics. We played it for both Dad’s funeral and Mom’s, who died exactly eight months to the day of Dad’s passing.
It’s women like Mom who held this country together with their hope and determination. And love…
If You Love WWII Music, Be Sure to Get This CD
Just click on the image above to learn more about We Can Do It! – Celebrating Women in WWII. Amazon makes it easy to sample the songs before purchasing either individual songs or the entire album. If you love this music, be sure to get your copy now. If you are writing about this period in history, the music will help to evoke memories. Either way, this is a sure winner.