AN OPEN LETTER


Dear Book Club Member:

Do you know how powerful you and book clubs are? Book clubs may be one of the most underrated monthly gatherings throughout the world. Books educate, entertain, transport, and inspire readers in countless and priceless ways. The power of a book club doesn’t end there. The people who attend, who unite with a common goal, and who read the words of authors, are truly the catalyst for an author’s dream come true.

A book club selection and word of mouth can potentially propel a writer’s work to a best-sellers list, turn a book into a movie, and maybe even kindle the reader’s own desire to write . Most members retreat to the NY Times or Oprah to guide them on their selection. Often, the writer is known and has a litany of works behind them. But what about the independent writer? Where do they land and what can a book club do for them? Choosing an independent author for your book club encourages them to keep writing, to keep practicing their art to improve upon it for you, the reader, and it validates their passion. Don’t let the word independent scare you. An independently published author has worked as hard, if not harder, as a known writer to earn a spot in your book club.

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Ultimately, all writers are working toward the “tipping point” that Malcom Gladwell wrote about. Each time you pick a book to read, you are contributing to that author’s success. If an author has not contacted your book club to say Thank you, allow me to do it on their behalf. We need book clubs. We need you.

And what can authors give you in return? How many times have you wanted to ask the author a question about what you just read? I would be honored to give you that (see details below)!

As writers, our first fear is having someone read our work. Then, the fear is that nobody will ever read our work. Therefore, it is with the deepest gratitude that I say, “Thank you for your consideration.”

Sincerely,

Julie

#readjulie #bookclubpower #readindieauthors #readwithme #letsbookclubit


FOR YOUR BOOK CLUB CONSIDERATION

Birth of a New J: A Cathartic Memoir

  • Winner of the 2015 International Latino Book Awards: First place, Best eBook Non-Fiction & Honorable Mention, Best Women’s Issues.

  • Reviews & Star Rating (as of 5/1/19): Amazon - 4.6 of 5 stars / Goodreads - 3.86 of 5 stars

  • Appropriate for age 18+

  • 338 pages of an honest, raw story of mistakes and breathing her way back to self-worth.

  • Recommended for any woman who has made poor decisions, chalked-up her losses, and carried on in life with laughter and humility.

  • Choose this book and receive:

    • A Q & A with Julie

      • In-person author attendance for Q&A if book club is 250 miles from Memphis, TN (calculate your bookclub distance here). Ask the author in person, “What the hell were you thinking when…? Whatever happened to…?"

      • An author Q&A , via FaceTime, Zoom Conference Audio/Camera or Skype. Shoot the breeze face to face online!

    • One personalized, autographed copy of any Guardado title to raffle to the book club.

    • The “first reads” on excerpts of future works by Julie.

    • Shout outs, thanks, and bows via social media to individuals and/or bookclubs, if they are so inclined!

    • Paperback/eBook on Amazon.com

Conducting the King

  • First fictional work by Julie

  • Reviews & Star Rating (as of 5/1/19): Amazon - 5 of 5 stars / Goodreads - 4.5 of 5 stars

  • Appropriate for ages 14+

  • 368 pages of a fun read. It will make you laugh, cry, fall in love with the main character, Caleb from Mound Bayou, Mississippi, and have you thinking of Elvis (even if you aren’t a fan).

  • Recommended for anyone who has ever had a dream (especially in a male-dominated profession), has been derailed, and became open to unknown paths and possibilities to attain their dream.

  • Choose this book and receive:

    • A Q & A with Julie

      • In-person author attendance for Q&A if book club is 250 miles from Memphis, TN (calculate your bookclub distance here). Ask the author in person, “Why Elvis Tribute Artist? Why Mound Bayou?”

      • An author Q&A , via FaceTime, Zoom Conference Audio/Camera or Skype. Shoot the breeze face to face online!

    • One personalized, autographed copy of any Guardado title to raffle to the book club.

    • The “first reads” of future works by Julie.

    • Shout outs, thanks, and bows via social media to individuals and/or bookclubs, if they are so inclined!

    • Additional Elvis-chats with Elvis fans. We bond!

    • Paperback/eBook on Amazon.com

A Message for Grandpa

  • An illustrated short read for children … and grown-ups!

  • Review and Star Rating (as of 5/1/19): Amazon - 4.6 of 5 stars / Goodreads 4.33 of 5 stars

  • Appropriate for ages 4+

  • Recommended for children who have experienced their first death within the family. A graceful and simple approach to loss and the grieving process.

  • A great addition to any child’s bookshelf at home or class library.

  • Choose this book for discussions with children about death, dying, grief, and loss.

  • Teachers, caregivers, parents: Use the Contact Page of this website to contact author directly.

  • Paperback/eBook on Amazon.com

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Thank you!