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Julie Donner Andersen
Newsletter Dated: 12/1/2003 7:04:13 AM
Subject: JULIE DONNER ANDERSEN’S GROWNUP CHRISTMAS WISH LIST
It’s me, little Julie Andersen. Enjoyed our talk at the mall last weekend. Gotta do something about those lines, though. My toddler peed her pants waiting for our turn to see you. Sorry about the wet lap. Glad you enjoyed my dieting tips. It helps to be losing your mind while trying to lose weight. Parental insanity has its benefits - hard to concentrate on eating when your mind is abuzz with toddler activity.
You asked me for my wish list at the mall, but seeing that the crowd behind us was getting restless (I think that woman who threw a box of baby wipes at me should be put on your “naughty” list, don’t you?), I didn’t have time to tell you mine. Therefore, the following list is what I would like most for Christmas (And yes, I have been a good girl. I spend nearly 6 non-paying but joyful hours a day at my computer, writing e-mails and articles for my WOW/GOW pals and composing the next ad-free, pop-up free, spam-free newsletter):
JULIE DONNER ANDERSEN’S GROWNUP CHRISTMAS WISH LIST:
1.) I would love it if my WOW/GOW pals would send me their answers to the newsletter “Questions of The Month”. (I’m sure YOU’D be out of business if kids forgot to write to you, eh Big Guy??) This month’s questions are:
~Do you know something about the late wife that you wish you didn’t know? Why or why not?
~What one thing do you wish your BF/Hubs would talk to you about (regarding the late wife and/or his relationship to her)? Why do you feel it’s important for you to know this?
~If, by some miracle, the late wife were to walk through your front door today, whom do you believe your BF/hubs would choose – her or you? Why?
2.) I think it would be wonderful if all my WOW/GOW pals bought a copy of “PAST: Perfect! PRESENT: Tense! Insights From One Woman’s Journey As The Wife of a Widower” for all their family (and extended family) members as a Christmas gift…and one for their husbands’ and boyfriends’ stockings. Being accepted and understood is so important, Santa. But I don’t have to tell YOU that, eh?
3.) It’s my biggest dream to spread the word about my book, as it has apparently been so helpful to so many who thought their feelings were crazy or felt so all alone in GOWdom/WOWdom, Santa. Could you help by leaving a note to all my WOW/GOW pals to go to Oprah.com (or Sharon Osborne’s new show and/or Ellen Degeneres’s new show…or even their local TV talk show) – Click on “Story Ideas”…and tell her about WOWS and GOWS?!
4.) As you know, Santa, getting good reviews is key to getting the word out about your work. Lord knows that without your rosy-cheeked smiling face plastered all over schools, coloring books, and shopping centers, no one would know who the chubby guy in the red suit was! Would you mind writing a review of my book (or including a note to my WOW/GOW pals to do so) at Amazon.com and/or BarnesAndNoble.com. ? I understand that you can even do so anonymously, so as not to show favoritism. Try to be discreet, though. I’m sure a 5-star review by “NorthPoleMaster@hohoho.com would be a dead giveaway.
5.) Mr. Claus, I KNOW you are a big fan of reading, since you scan over 3 billion kiddie wish lists every year. Therefore, you must know that libraries and bookstores will often purchase an unknown book if a patron simply requests it. Could you call your local libraries and bookstores (or ask the WOW/GOWs to do so – they’re always willing to help!), speak to the acquisitions manager, and ask him or her to purchase my WOW book for their collection (via the publisher at http://www.iuniverse.com)?
6.) S.C., my friend, how would people recognize you without your hearty “HO HO HO”? Listening to Santa is just as important as seeing him, and helps people to put a face to the name. Therefore, could you call your town’s local AM or FM talk radio station, and volunteer to be a guest caller if they contact me to be their program’s guest speaker? I’d love to do a show with you, Big Guy! Hey, while you’re at it, could you ask my WOW/GOW pals to do the same?
7.) Santa, my website is my portal to the world, and allows me to post new (and archive old) WOW/GOW articles. I’d really love it if you and the Gals would leave some feedback, support, and encouragement in the form of a review at the end of each article. It lets me know that I’m doing OK and helping people who need it. Also, it’d be great to hear from my newsletter members once in awhile to update me about their lives, their relationships, or just to say “hi!”. A writer’s cyberlife can often be a lonely one. Unlike you, I am chained to this computer and can’t get booked at a mall for a chatfest with other people too often.
7.) Lastly, Santa, would you please tell your friends about “Parentally Insane: Insights From The Edge…Of Midlife”, my new illustrated humor book, will debut on Mother’s Day 2004? (For a sneak peak, tell them to go my website!) Often, one book helps to promote another. Hyping the humor book can lead to exposure for the WOW/GOW book, and get it into the hands of the ladies who really need it.
The only way to get WOWs and GOWs the help they need is to spread the word! Your help is so very much appreciated! Thanks ever so much!
Happy Holidays, Santa, and drive carefully!
P.S. Oops, one more thing…
Please wish all my wonderful WOW/GOW pals a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Hopeful New Year!
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