Tuesday, October 30, 2012

World War One Wednesday ~ Press Release!

First of all, happy Reformation Day! Yup, it's the 490th anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenburg Church door.

Second, tomorrow is release day for A Bride Sews With Love in Needles, CA! Squee!

Third, I have to send a huge shout out to Sandie Bricker, who was so kind and generous with her time and expertise to lend me more than one hand hammering out my very first press release. And all while she's trying to mend from a rather nasty back injury! You can learn all about Sandie and her totally fun books HERE.

Fourth, Here is the polished up press release:

ROCHESTER, Minn. – For Immediate Release - New York Times bestselling author and Rochester resident Erica Vetsch is always looking for inspiration for her next novel. Recently, just such inspiration struck when Vetsch visited the Dodge County Museum in Mantorville, MN, and she spotted a vintage World War I Red Cross signature quilt created by Dodge County women.

When Vetsch saw the names that had been embroidered on the red and white quilt in exchange for a donation to the Red Cross, the author of historical fiction for the inspirational market says, “I knew instantly that I wanted to include a signature quilt in my next novel. I couldn’t help but wonder about these people who donated to have their names on the quilt and about the women who stitched the names.”

Vetsch took that inspiration one step further by creating a signature quilt of her own honoring the WWI veterans of Dodge County. After some diligent research at the Minnesota State Historical Society Library in St. Paul, and the assistance of Mary Ann Bucher, secretary of the Dodge County Historical Society, a list was compiled.

Vetsch and her sister-in-law, Linda Ambrose of Stewartville, MN, pieced, embroidered, and assembled a queen-sized replica of the original Red Cross quilt bearing the names of 359 soldiers and two Red Cross nurses from Dodge County.

The quilt will be gifted to the DCHS Museum. A presentation ceremony is planned for Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. at the museum, located at 615 Main Street in Mantorville. The quilt will be on display at the museum along with the original that inspired the project as well as other World War I artifacts. The author will sign copies of her newest release, A Bride Sews with Love in Needles, CA, the WWI-era novel that emerged from a simple trip to a museum and the discovery of an antique quilt full of memories.

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For more information on the ceremony, contact the DCHS Museum at (507) 635-5508.

Question for you...have you ever written a press release? What would be your dream venue for sending a press release to? The Today Show? Jay Leno? Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog? :D


  1. Great job on the press release, Erica! I hope you have a wonderful time at your signing in the museum.

    I wrote a press release when my debut novel came out, sent it to my local paper, and got an interview, book review, and article as a result.

  2. Happy pre-release day! It would be so fun to walk up to you w/ one of your books. "Would you sign this please?" I'd ask in an English accent just for the heck of it.

    ~ Wendy

  3. LOVE your book! And loved the shout-out to my hometown ;) Looks like a great press release...hoping it draws all kinds of attention!

  4. Congrats on the release! Can't wait to read it!

  5. That's awesome! Happy Release Day! I'm looking forward to reading it. :)

    I love Sandie's books. She always makes me laugh.