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Posts Tagged ‘Bridget Gurtowsky’

The Coolest Book Launch Party Idea…EVER

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

So apparently my doorbell rang this evening while I was wading through the mess of my basement…then I got a text to tell me to go out to my front porch.  Low and behold, there was a magical package awaiting me – and it turned out to be this:

If you write a book, consider throwing a book launch party, getting a matte, and have EVERYONE who participated in the party sign it. Then, blow up your cover art and put it inside the frame. It’s a priceless piece of history that you’ll never forget!

Oh, and if you don’t have a cover artist, feel free to call mine – Bridget Gurtowsky of Gurtowsky Graphics. She’s AMAZING and I sincerely thank her for dreaming up possibly the COOLEST idea EVER when it comes to a book launch!

Book 5: Feelin’ the Love

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The PR was officially released today on my 5th book, Indianapolis: A Young Professional’s Guide, Second Edition.  Here’s the official PR piece, and the scoop by Inside Indiana Business.

PR is nice.  But here’s what I think is nicer: when a young person actually moves into our city, gets this guide in their hands, and finds out what they want to do in order to connect in meaningful ways for him or her with this great city of Indianapolis.  That’s it.  That’s the joy to me.

Also, I dig in this second edition that I had the humbling and exciting opportunity to write about THE VERY BEST THING about Indianapolis.  What’s that you may ask?  The cupcakes at The Flying Cupcake, or Lucas Oil Stadium, or the Final Four being hosted here for men’s bball this year?  Nope.  None of that.  The very best thing of all in Indy…ready?  It’s THE PEOPLE!  THEY ARE AWESOME!

This is where I take a small time out to sincerely thank everyone who helped me with this 5th and longest book yet project:  Dorothy Albert (my mom!), Mayor Greg Ballard, Jennifer Ruby, Esq., Kate Shepherd, Jerald Harkness, Kelly Hartman, Gerry Dick, Billie Dragoo, Trevor Belden, Clare Welage, Abdul Hakim-Shabazz, Ryan Grimes, Neal Brown, Nancy Ahlrichs, Sarah Taylor, Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Lynn Jenkins, Laurie Foster, Kathleen McDonald, Dr. Michael Evans, Dr. Chris Bojrab, Jessica Patterson, Andrea Crawford, Chris Russell, Rebecca Stevens, Michael Maurer, Melina Kennedy, David Certo, Erin Smith, David Seiter, Sarah Fisher, David Nijhawan, Julie Schrader, Callie Smith, Darby Casady, Ron Brumbarger, Hazel Walker, Bree Emsweller, Henry Kurkowski, Morgan Greenlee, Michael DeWeese, Dr. Elaine Voci, Carlotta Katra, Debby Brust, Diane Snyder, Bridget Gurtowsky, Dr. Julie Koehler, Dean Mary Andritz, Sharon O’Donoghue, Liz Mok, Stephanie Williams, Tina Moe, Deb Walton, Sally Fillburnn, Jill Wesley, Denise Meyer, Susie Harmless, and Pam Blevins Hinkle.

I loved the tremendous opportunity to work with each and every one of you.  This city is lucky to have you as a citizen, and I am lucky to have had the chance to work with you.  Rock stars you all are, and I look forward to the NEXT edition of the Indy Guide (IGIII), because it’s going to be even better – because YOU raised the bar on the 2nd edition!

THANK YOU, Indianapolis!  You rock!