October 3, 2015
The past few months have simply flown by. I've continued to stay incredibly busy with book readings and events related to Ain't No Harm to Kill the Devil. I've mentioned this in previous posts, but in the case of this book, the "timing" of the publication could NOT have been better. This year, 2015, is the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War, so the book, which is set in 1856 just before the war, has been a favorite of book clubs, history groups, and a organizations devoted to the preservation of the Civil War in particular and American history in general. I'm still booked fairly solid to do book readings all the way up through the holidays, which is a wonderful circumstance for a writer. I absolutely love going out to visit with readers, so the time on the road is very precious to me. The real treasure of being on the road is meeting so many wonderful people at each stop. This summer I met and worked with docents at historic homes, historians at many different types of archives/records centers, and have met with the nicest people in book clubs of all types. In short, this was a *wonderful* summer.
I suppose it is time I also mention I have a new book coming out in March. This book was written specifically for those who have written books (or wish to write one or are in the process of writing one) but who have not had experience conducting book readings, promotions, and events. Many people feel a great sense of accomplishment and relief when a book is finally completed. However, in today's world of publishing, getting the book published is only the first step in the process of "getting the book out there." My new book, which is titled I'm Published! Now What? -- An Author's Guide to Creating Successul Book Events, Readings, and Promotions, draws upon my thirty years of experience in writing books and preparing for book readings and events. In the book, I discuss and give recommendations for what authors (both new authors and those who are experienced as well) can do before, during, and after events to build success. I believe the advice will help writers with an area that is learned, sadly, all too often by "trial and error" (with great emphasis on the ERROR part....). The book will also be heavily illustrated (pictures of my life on the road)
I wish everyone a magnificent fall (my favorite season)!