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Missy LaRae (missylarae) | 6 comments Have you taken the time to write your press release yet? If not please feel free to use this template to write a press release for your novel. A few great places to distribute your press release are:

(This is a link to my press release)

Your local newspaper, your website, craigslist...etc.


Date: 06/12/2012

Contact: Name, email, phone, website.

Newly released (Genre of your novel) novel now available.
Name of your Novel, by Author (Your Name Here)

Your City & State – Missy LaRae is the author of The Sword and The Prophet, a young adult novel aimed at middle grade readers and up, now available in digital form and in paperback from It is her introductory title published by Pretty Wycked Designs. The Sword and The Prophet highlights the strengths and bonds that families have and puts the main characters, who are brother and sister, in situations which require them to lean on one another more than anyone else.

“I wanted to create something I could share with my sons,” LaRae has said about her novel. Active in her community, she dedicates most of her time to youth sports events, and is the Marketing and Fundraising director for the Yulee Basketball Association.

The Sword and The Prophet is the story of Lily and Tyler, twins who are raised in an abusive home in Orlando, Florida. The beginning of the book starts with their escape from their mother’s home, and the ensuing pages will keep the reader guessing as to what will happen next. The first person narrative of Lily draws the reader in immediately, and you can’t help but root for these two kids on the run.

What people are saying about The Sword and The Prophet:

“Book 1 in the Children of Syren Series lays a wonderful foundation for following books. Your world of Amatia Prime, Earth's twin, where women and children are revered and the beauty of life and nature is appreciated is fleshed out and easy to envision.... It isn't the ordinary YA novel peopled with vampires, werewolves and angels. It has a very unique plot and a strong storyline. I can't wait for the next installment, The Prophet of Dreams.” 5 Star review from Leslie C. Ferdinand,

“I didn't know anything about this book when I started reading it. I went in completely blind and not only did it draw me in very quickly, but when we got to the first twist in the story my jaw dropped. From then on, I could barely put it down. Finished it in about a day. I found the characters really engaging. Like all the best sci-fi, it's driven by the characters and the story, not the "special effects.” (Can you say that for a book?)” 5 Star review from Lorskyfink,

“I started reading this book, not knowing quite what to expect. Within the first chapter, I was hooked. This is a story that readers young and old will enjoy. I would gladly give this to my kids to read, no matter the age. Try it with yours. It'll keep them engaged for hours. But, read if yourself first because they won't give it back until they're done.....You won't be able to put it down until you get to the end. When you do get there, you're going to ask where is the next book by this fresh engaging new Author?” 5 Star review from James A. Eggebeen,

As a debut author, LaRae faces an uphill battle getting the word out about her novel. “I’m like a little tiny needle in a huge hay stack.” Her belief in the ability for The Sword and The Prophet to engage young and old readers alike is strong. “The writing is solid, and the characters are believable and touching.” The Sword and The Prophet is a character driven novel that is the first in the Syren Series. Book two, The Prophet of Dreams, is due out the end of July 2012, and book three, The Destiny of The Sword, is due out at the end of September 2012.

You can find out more about Missy LaRae at these online locations:!/Real_MissyG

Be sure to add the pound signs at the end of the post to make sure they know that is the end of your press release.

This template generously provided free of charge by the duo at

Many thanks to them for their invaluable guides! If you aren't following their blog I highly encourage you to follow them.

Missy LaRae

Michael Cargill Cargill (michaelcargill) | 372 comments I might need to try something like this.

One idea is to send a load out to local newspapers and libraries.

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Missy LaRae (missylarae) | 6 comments Michael, yes it's at the top of the post on locations to submit your press release. Everyone should submit one at least to their local newspaper.

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Hazel West | 118 comments Thanks for this! I have not written a press release before but have wanted to do that.

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Melanie Cusick-Jones (melc-j) Missy - this is a great resource - thanks for sharing :)

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Laura Dennis (laura-adoptedrealitymemoir) | 7 comments Please check out my guest post, "5 Tips for Writing a Catchy Press Release, and Doing It Again and Again and Again"


Adopted Reality, A Memoir

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Missy LaRae (missylarae) | 6 comments Laura wrote: "Please check out my guest post, "5 Tips for Writing a Catchy Press Release, and Doing It Again and Again and Again""

Thanks Laura! I'll check it out and encourage others to do the same.

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