Friday, May 4, 2012

The Pen and the Bell Give-Away!




I came home from work last Monday, tired (as always--I can't seem to make it past 4:00 nowadays without feeling like I need a long nap....). And peeking from my mailbox was a small, padded manila envelope, a sight that always perks me up. And this one had a Boston return address. Hmmm.....could it be?

And yes, there it was: the long-awaited first copy of The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, co-authored with my friend Holly J. Hughes.

I don't know why, but every time I hold a new book in my hands, it comes as a surprise. Sure, I knew it would be coming, but the book had existed so long (over four years) in the abstract, that to hold the actual artifact in my hands feels a little unreal.

It's a beautiful book (if I do say so myself). It's square and small and fits in the hand like a tool kit. Which is what we hope it will be for many, many people.

We also have a wonderful new website for the The Pen and The Bell, where you can find out all about the book, and receive letters from Holly and me with additional stories, reflections, and writing prompts. We hope you'll join us there, and send your friends!

To encourage you, I'll be giving away a FREE COPY of The Pen and the Bell! To enter the Give-Away, here's all you have to do:
  • Spread the word about The Pen and the Bell. You can do this by posting a link to our website on your own blog or website or Facebook page; or tweeting about it; or sending some emails; or simply telling a friend.
  • Tell me how you've participated, either in the comments here, or on my Facebook page, or in the comments of the "Writing Practice" section of The Pen and The Bell website
    That's it! I'll be posting more about the book in the next few days. In the meantime: thank you, thank you, thank you for being here to share in the news!

36 comments:

  1. Hi Brenda...Happy to tweet, are you on Twitter? I'm @ChristinGeall
    See you there!
    Best, CG

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    1. Thanks Christin! I'm BrendaMiller31 on Twitter.

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  2. Hey Brenda - out on FB. The new website looks awesome and I can't wait to read the book. You and Holly are amazing!

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  3. Just tweeted it and will mention it on my blog! CONGRATS to you!

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  4. Posted! http://boyntonpoetrycontest.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/for-your-bookshelf-and-your-creative-mind/

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  5. Congrats! This looks beautiful! I posted to Facebook (and thanks to Donna Miscolta for posting, which is how I found out about it). --Jennifer D. Munro

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    1. Excellent! Thank you Jennifer (and Donna!)

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  6. Hi Brenda: I did bleep small bleep on my web page and linked back to the Pen and the Bell site plus I've tweeted that post as well tonight. Looks like a very intriguing book!

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  7. Hi, Brenda,
    Shared on Facebook. Many congratulations!
    Renee

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  8. Hi Brenda, I am telling all my writing friends about it, both in person and online, including the multiple online writing groups of which I am a member. Also facebook.
    Great news that it is finally published. Been excited about this since first reading that you were writing it! ;-0

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  9. Hi Brenda, I just shared on Facebook. This is such a great time for a book like this. I'm happy for you and Holly, and can't wait to read it.

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  10. Hi Brenda, Just shared the link on facebook. I enjoyed "Tell it Slant" and am looking forward to reading this book!

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  11. Hello- Posted to facebook - a note of inspiration to start the week.

    Mercedes Lawry

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  12. Congratulations!
    Just ordered my copy -- and added it to www.Goodreads.com.

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  13. Great book, I'm certain. Love the idea. I posted to my Twitter/author Facebook/and author blog.http://davidwberner.blogspot.com/
    Best of luck with it!

    David

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  14. Just tweeted! I'm @bookwurmy
    Cheers,
    Angela Erickson

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  15. Just put on FB. Best, Jessica Goodfellow
    www.jessicagoodfellow.com

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  16. I just tweeted about it over at www.twitter.com/Sofluid :)

    - Michelle Goode

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  17. Hi Brenda. I hope I'm not too late. I shared on FaceBook. What caught my attention about this book and made me want to read more was this: create physical and mental space for contemplation and writing. In the past I have never done this but I have spent the last three months working in my bedroom to turn it into a sacred space in which I could write. Last night I mopped the floor with Murphy Oil Soap and turned on the paper lantern I had hung above my bed and lit a candle and I knew I was finished. What once had been a jumble of clothes and books and everything else is now organized and polished and purged and it is perfect and it is what I imagined. I can't wait to read more.
    Rebecca Loudon

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    1. Not too late at all Rebecca! I'll be picking the winner on Monday. And thanks for hte lovely description of your new space!

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  18. Saw a post about the contest on the Brevity blog. Tweeted this from @EaKehoe before I saw that the contest has ended: Great book on creativity: The Pen & the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. Try writing prompts at http://bit.ly/J2u8FR #penandbellbook

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