Archive - August 1, 2012

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Okay, You Wrote a Peace Corps Memoir…Now, How Do You Sell It?
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Talking With Lora Parisien Begin (Tunisia 1989-91 & Papua New Guinea 1996)

Okay, You Wrote a Peace Corps Memoir…Now, How Do You Sell It?

With some success for my last book, I used RTIR (Radio-TV Interview Report) to sell my book. As we know, the easy part is writing the book. What is hard is finding an audience for your book. How do you sell it? This outfit will cost you $$$, but not a lot. They also have ‘deals’ so you might be able to get one of those (I did) and spend some money for a limited amount of time and sell your book. What is Radio-TV Interview Report (RTIR)? Radio-TV Interview Report: The Magazine Producers Read to Find Guests (RTIR) is a trade publication that goes to over 4,000 radio/TV producers across the United States and Canada. RTIR is published twice a month, and each issue lists 100-150 authors and other spokespeople available for live and in-studio interviews. Each guest’s ad includes a contact person and phone number so interested radio/TV . . .

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Talking With Lora Parisien Begin (Tunisia 1989-91 & Papua New Guinea 1996)

Lora, where and when were you in the Peace Corps? I was in the Peace Corps twice. In Tunisia from 1989–1991 and in Papua New Guinea for a year in 1996. What was your Tunisia assignment? I served my first year in the capital, Tunis, as an English Professor at Institut Des Langues Vivantes, Tunis (the University of Tunis). For my second year, I moved two hours west to the town of Beja to teach in a satellite school for the university. For my special project (a requirement for teachers during summer season) I directed a teacher training program for several of my co-volunteers. The program allowed over 150 Tunisian students access to free English lessons. And in Papua New Guinea? I lived in the extremely remote village of Kantobo in the Southern Highlands Province. I worked on an eco-tourism/rainforest conservation project with the World Wildlife Fund. I also worked . . .

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