We are very excited to announce that Prem Baba’s book From Suffering to Joy has been published in the United States, in early 2013. Our publisher SelectBooks is working to bring the book to bookstores throughout the United States, and we can use your help to ensure that this publication is a success. Aside from needing to support the national publishing process, we also have in our possession 2,000 books that need to find their way to their readers specifically through our website or events, and to prevent them from sitting in the basement collecting dust, we need your help.
There are several things you can do to help us promote the book at this key moment:
- Help us distribute informational cards to all the bookstores in your area (for US residents only)
- Media Outreach: Inform us about any local magazines, newspapers, blogs or websites that you know, and who may be interested in running an article or informational piece on the book
- Write a review about the book and Prem Baba
- Include a link to PathHeart.org/book in your e-mails, along with a description (see below for example), so that people can read the foreword and other information
- Help spread the word on facebook, twitter and other social networks and blogs
- Give copies of the book to your family, friends, and co-workers
- Help brainstorm ideas on how to promote the book
1. Info Cards to Bookstores
We are trying to let as many bookstores in the United States know about the release of From Suffering to Joy on January 15th, 2013. If you live in the United States, it would be very helpful to us if you could help us distribute info cards to all the bookstores in your area.
If you can help us do this by bringing the info cards to the right consignment person in your local bookstores, please fill out the form below, and we will send you the cards. You can take these cards to any store that sells books, ranging from small special interest stores to large retailers like Barnes and Noble.
The right consignment person at a place like Barnes and Noble would be the person who deals with books on spirituality. It works best if you tell them a bit about the Path of the Heart organization, including the fact that Prem Baba has organized groups as well as individual devotees throughout the country, including your local area. This helps bookstore managers understand that you are not just wanting them to order only one book for you to buy, but that there are local customers who will want to see the book as well.
Thank you very much for your efforts in spreading the word about the book launch!
2. Media Outreach
If there are any local newspapers, magazines, websites or blogs that you read, you can help us by listing their names and website addresses or contact info below, so that we can send them a press release of the book. If you would like to, you can also send them a press release directly, which you can download below.
3. Write a Review about the Book and Prem Baba
If you have read the book or have sat at Prem Baba’s talks, please consider writing a review on the websites that sell the book. As different customers will use different virtual stores, we would greatly appreciate it once you’ve written your review if you could copy and paste what you wrote onto the other websites as well.
- Click here to leave a review on this website, PathHeart.org
- Click here to leave it on Amazon.com
- Click here for Barnes and Noble
Here is an example of one customer’s review:
I loved this book and want to share it with everyone I know. Prem Baba is so clear and speaks a living practical truth that you can apply to daily life. There is no dogma, only inspiring words that are food for the soul. It doesn’t matter what your spiritual path is, this book will compliment and enrich your insight and awareness.”
-Bridget Van Block (Sedona, AZ, US)
4. Include a Description in Your E-mails
If you are already familiar with Prem Baba’s work and think the book can be valuable for your friends, consider including this information in your e-mails. You can set up your e-mail signature to include your personal endorsement for the book. Here’s an idea of what you can write, in your own words:
I highly enjoyed reading the book From Suffering to Joy: The Path of the Heart by Prem Baba. You can read more about it, including William Ury’s foreword, at www.PathHeart.org/book.
5. Social Networking
You can help us in several ways in the social networks that you use:
- Like the book’s facebook page
- Post your endorsement for the book (see example above) on your friends’ walls
- Follow us on twitter
- Friend us on Google+ and let your circles know about the publication of the book
- Join our community on Google+
6. Give to Friends
The wisdom contained in From Suffering to Joy has changed the lives of many. This book is one of the best gifts you can give to friends, family, co-workers, clients, and anyone you feel may benefit from learning about the Path of the Heart. This is also a wonderful way for you to support the work we do at the Path of the Heart on behalf of Sri Prem Baba. Click here to purchase.
7. Help us Brainstorm Ideas
If you have any creative insights on how we can promote this book, please share them below. For example, there are people throughout the world who are starting open study groups, reading a chapter from the book every week. How can you or we spread the word locally, nationally, or virtually?