Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I Need YOUR Help!

Hello to all my friends, family and fans!  I am so excited to announce that my book, Destination White House, hit the market today and will now be available to order at any bookstore, including my personal favorite, Barnes & Noble!

I want to thank each and every one of you for all your prayers, support, and encouragement which you have given me from the very beginning.  This book may not have been published if not for God and you. 

So my book is published, it has hit the market and now I'm going to sell millions of copies and be a best selling author, right?  Well...it's not all quite as spectacular as that.  Yes, it has been published and it is available to order, however being that there are over a million children's books already out on the market and my name carries little to no weight since I am not a celebrity, there is not an immediate demand for my book and so bookstores are not buying thousands of copies to stock on their shelves.  So here's where you come in.  I need your help in creating a demand for my book.  I'll admit that at first this probably sounds very overwhelming, but actually it takes very little time and effort on your part and you can't imagine how much it would help me.  All I need for you to do is one or all of three simple things.

One: Click "share" on this blog post and do exactly that; "share" my book's link on your Twitter, FaceBook etc...

Two:  If you, or someone you know, would like to buy a copy please call your local bookstore and request it.  Being that I am a first time author, it helps me tremendously to have you personally request my book at the stores because it creates a demand for my book.  Once there is a demand, the stores, who always want the books with the highest demand on their shelves, will begin ordering my book and keeping it in stock. 

Three: If you have already read my book please take the time to visit one or all of the bellow links and post your review of my book.  This is very helpful for future buyers.

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/destination-white-house-robin-burk/1104288299

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Destination-White-House-Robin-Burk/dp/1617778834/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1316554337&sr=1-3

And that’s it!  It really is as simple as that.

Again, I thank each and every one of you for all your support. It means the world to me.  May the Lord bless you richly in return!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

In Stores This Week!

Destination White House: Barney's Incredible Journey, will hit the market this Tuesday, the 20th! It will be available to order at your local bookstore, Amazon, or through Tate Publishing. To purchase your copy please click on the direct link to Tate's Page here on my blog.

I am excited to announce that my first in-store booksigning event will be held Saturday, Oct. 15th, from 3:00-5:00 at the Full Circle Bookstore in OKC!

Please share this link with your friends and family and invite them to come and see me at Full Cirlce Bookstore.  I would love to meet you in person and answer any questions you might have! 

Full Circle Bookstore
1900 Northwest Expressway #135
Oklahoma City, OK
(405) 842-2900

Thursday, September 1, 2011

How It All Got Started

Some of you have been asking me how I got started in writing and where I got the idea for my book, Destination White House.  I would love to answer those questions and share with you a little of my journey as a writer so here is a brief outline of how it all got started.

I grew up in Tecumseh, Oklahoma.  My amazing parents, Roger and Marily Burk, are both very gifted in writing so it was no surprise that those gifts were passed down to many of their children.  I was the ninth oldest of thirteen kids.  And for those of you who always want to ask; no, we have no twins, none of us were adopted and my parents consider themselves the most blessed parents in the world. :) I was schooled at home by the best teacher, my mom, who encouraged me in my writing abilities.  It was through school assignments that I began to discover I had a gift in expressing myself through various forms of writing and thus a love and passion for writing was born in my heart.

When I was eleven years old I began reading Bill Wallace’s animal books and as a child I was captivated by the different characters and his great sense of humor.  I was inspired to write my own book which began as a story about a talking dog.  In school we were studying the Presidents and, seeing as George W. Bush was our current President, I began following their campaign and greatly enjoyed reading up on his family background and history, political background, etc…

What began as a story about a talking dog was soon crafted into a fictional story about former President and First Lady, George & Laura Bush’s dog, Barney.  I also incorporated many true facts into the story. 

With much help and support from family and friends, the book was completed when I was thirteen years of age.  Even Laura Bush herself was kind enough to read my letter and the poems I wrote and sent her which she praised and encouraged me in her personal response and sent pictures and information to help with my book.  In return I chose to include a portion of her favorite poem which I had written, in my book, Destination White House.

After the book was complete, Mr. Bush’s presidency had ended.  I figured I’d just pack the book away.  However, many of my friends and family encouraged me to seek publication and so five years later I finally sent it to Tate Publishing, in 2010 and it was accepted.  Since it is the very first book I have written, and at such a young age, I was amazed that it had been accepted for publication.  I know God had a hand in that. He has continued to bless my efforts and provide financially in many miraculous ways.

This last week I received another personal letter from Laura Bush who sent her congratulations on the publication of my book and thanked me for the signed copy which I had sent to her. I was so touched by her kindness in taking time to send me her well wishes.

After finishing Barney's book six years ago, I have continued to complete several other books and short stories.  I am excited to see where my writing career will take me in future.  In the mean time I am trusting the Lord to direct me according to His will.

Destination White House: Barney's Incredible Journey, will be available wherever books are sold September, 20th 2011.   However, I will be making my book available for purchase through pre-release book signings before the actual release date. 

Just a reminder, on September 10th, 2011, the Shawnee Library will be hosting a pre-release book signing from 11:00a.m. - 1:00 p.m. There are a limited amount of books so be sure to come early to buy a copy and have it signed! 

You can follow me on Twitter @RobinCBurk and my author fan page on FaceBook where you can be sure to find all the latest information, updates, and scheduled events.

The first letter Laura Bush sent me in 2005!
The second letter from Laura sent 2011!