Prairie Lights!

has accepted to let me make an author appearance on September 26th.

I’m especially excited about this because it’s not a football Saturday – those are sacred events that I don’t think I could pull my friends away from, and the traffic would be awful anyway.

Maybe there will be football in the next book. That’s always a fun activity to watch or play. Until I get to writing that, though, I’ll be working toward advertising this event!

Bookstore

I made another attempt to get an appearance at Prairie Lights in Iowa City. I’m making progress, but the lady isn’t very enthusiastic about it.

Mom talked about one that was ‘very successful’ that had a party attached to it. An open house wouldn’t be too difficult, if only I knew where to have one and what to do.

I’m curious, so I’m posing the question to my readers: What do you look for in an author appearance? What would bring you in, make you stay, and – more important in the store’s eyes – buy the book?

Conflict in Schedule

National League of American Pen Women has the state conference on the 19th of September. It’s unfortunate that’s when I’m appearing at the bookstore in Dubuque. It’s too far between both to travel, and we’ll probably be there early.

I volunteered to help with the presentation – to smooth wording and such before the day. I also will submit my picture, short bio, and some book information. It’ll be good exposure, but better if I could have been there.

Perhaps next year I’ll remember to take those things in account when scheduling. Still, my book should be the most important thing for my career. Always must remember that!

As a Business

How often do writers look at what they do as a business? How much do writers look at their activities with regard to what makes sense for their goals?

I’m working toward my business plan. I know things can get in the way, possibly more for a fiction writer than a non-fiction one, but without focus no one will get anywhere.

It takes research to figure out what else is required for me to succeed. One conversation with a friend about business cards started this months ago – who is my customer? It might not be who you think.

My customer is the publisher or agent. My customer is the one who writes me checks. It works in my favor to get people to buy the book, but those are the publisher’s customers. It’s a shift in viewpoint, but because helping my publisher helps my bottom line, it’s definitely in my best interest to get people excited about my book.

However, remembering that publishers of any size don’t have the resources to promote all their books, it falls to the authors to do that on their own. It still makes me think.

A Word from My Friends

Jamie – This fellow writer has his blog detailing his works in progress with tidbits about his life and family. You’ve probably dropped by his blog before if you followed the blog tour for The Art of Science. When he gets a book out, I hope to return the favor.

Michelle – She’s a singer/songwriter in Ohio. She plays her guitar and sings at a local restaurant, Pot Belly. One of the great parts of her blog is she posts a new song once a week.

Shawna – Here’s a new one on my writer scene, for those who yawned at the first two. (What are you thinking? These are great people!) She’s chronicling her fitness journey, though I’m not sure I want to call it a fitness journey, it’s a humorous look at how she got where she is. I hope she’s also going to use it to get where she wants to be. She’s an excellent writer (I’ve listened to her read a picture book or two) and I hope to see more from her in the future.

Crys – My fellow writer at 4RV Publishing, LLC. I haven’t met her yet, but I do have two copies of her book, Angeline Jellybean. (My mom didn’t think I’d share with my daughter. This way I don’t have to worry if she wants to chew on it.) She’s nearly finished a new young adult novel, and I know she’s working on more picture books.

Dawn – Another writer trying to get somewhere from her home in Utah. Her blog is fairly new. We’ve talked a bit about getting together for an interview, but our schedules haven’t meshed yet.

If you have a moment, check out their musings. They’ve all helped me on my way, and I just thought I’d take a moment to introduce them to my readers. Thank you!

Book Club

I haven’t been part of a real book club yet. I’m not sure if it’s because of where I’ve lived recently or if I just don’t know the people running them.

A friend of mine said it might be cool for my book to be part of a mother-daughter book club. It sounds like a fun idea, even though my daughter’s too young yet, so sometimes my mind wanders to books that might be fun to put into that kind of thing.

It really makes me want to browse the bookstores and Amazon. (Amazon because I’m sure there are quite a few books, like mine, that would be good for that kind of club but are not available in stores.)

Appearances

What do you look for when you listen to an author?

I read an edition of Toastmasters magazine about writing, authorship and book promotion from this spring. The author talked about having great success on a night when he danced “The Time Warp” from Rocky Horror Picture Show. His take on it was to show the audience who he was, let them establish a connection, and then the books sell.

I don’t think I’ll be dancing to “The Time Warp”, since I never was a fan of RHPS, but it does make me think of what I can do to show myself and be unique. If I do read, it will be a short excerpt.

I’m curious what readers would like. Something more like Crystalee’s post from the blog tour? If you didn’t see it, it’s here. Or is there something more personal, more outlandish, that is required to catch your attention?

Author Appearance Scheduled!

Well, the first acceptance for me to do an author appearance is River Lights, Second Edition in Dubuque, Iowa!

I’m very excited to be on the schedule. They’ll assist me knowing when to start really hitting the promotional road to get the excitement up for this appearance. I haven’t figured out the program yet, though there are always a couple ideas bursting in my head. There’s a possibility I might speak on the radio!

I’ve always wanted to be on the radio. Something about listening to it for years, with a DJ as a relative.

Coming in September… more details as we approach the date. That’s one city off my list.

Schedule for Blog Tour

Beginning May 20, learn more about The Art of Science! The blog tour will show more about the book and probably a bit more about the author.

May 20 – Vivian Zabel at Brain Cells and Bubble Wrap

May 21 – Jamie Eyberg at A Continuity of Parks

May 22 – Shanachie at Ramblings of a Confusted Writer’s Mind and Quill, Parchment, and Ink – Writings and Ramblings

May 23 – Karen at VBT – Writers on the Move

May 24 – Nancy Famolari at Nancy Famolari’s Place

May 25  – Crystalee Calderwood at Crystalee Calderwood, Writer and Poet

I will be giving away one copy to a lucky winner drawn randomly from comments, so be sure to leave an email address for contact information.

For an additional chance, check out Goodreads.com giveaways!

Coming Soon!

Everything you wanted to know about The Art of Science – well, except to read full book – in the form of a blog tour, beginning May 20th. The schedule will be posted at the beginning of next week.

I also have a blog interview scheduled for June 24th with Katie Hines.

Looking into ordering some business cards and post cards to promote the book, as well. I’ll need to put my plan together for appearances. Details to follow.

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