A Writer’s Life or a Glimpse into the hectic world or touring

horseheader1.jpeGood Morning!

I hope you’ll bear with me today as I take a very brief break from posting about Native America, and talk a little about the writer’s life.  With the release of my most recent book, SENECA SURRENDER, I find myself doing much, much promo, including touring, and I thought you might like a brief glimpse into what that goes into this.Seneca+Surrender[1]  I will be giving away a copy of the book, THE LAST WARRIOR, to some lucky blogger today.  Also, I’ll be doing a book signing today at Sunshine Books in Cypress, CA.  If you’re close-by, come on over — but forgive me if I post early and then don’t post again until evening.

Off to the left here is the stunning cover of the book, SENECA SURRENDER, my most recent effort.  Because the book was released on April 6th, my tour started then.  But what really goes into the promotional side of writing?  It’s something we don’t talk about too often, I don’t believe, and yet for most of us authors, it’s a very involved second job.   But, why?  Doesn’t the publisher do all the promotion that you need?

My pat answer to that it yes and no.  🙂  Have I confused you?  It kinda goes like this — at least from my viewpoint.  Your publisher is going to make sure that your distribution is good enough in order to sell the books that the publisher has invested in this book.  Distribution is everything when it comes to selling your book.  It’s hard to sell what isn’t there.  So the first condition has to be that your book is in the stores and is capable of being bought and/or ordered on line.  Your publisher usually ensures this — at least this is so for most of the New York Publishers.  I’m not certain about ebooks, and how this relates to them, as I don’t write ebooks — if my books are on ebook format, it is because my publisher (which is Berkley/Penguin/Putnam) does this for me.

2010+tour+013[1]Off to the left is a recent photo of a Barnes & Noble booksigning in Manhattan Beach.  Once the books are in the bookstore, many authors start a tour of dropping by bookstores to sign copies of their books that are on the shelves.  We sometimes call them “drive-bys.”  It is pretty simple.  One goes into the store, picks up the books and signs them.  But a book signing per se is an entirely different animal.  A book signing takes a bit more work.  To do a book signing tour, anywhere from 2-4 months before the book comes out, one needs to start contacting book stores and asking if they might be interested in a book signing.2010+tour+017[1] 

Ten years ago a man called Ingram owned a book distributing chain that made book signings easy and painless.  He loved authors and he encouraged all his clients to do as many signings as possible.  He allowed bookstores to return books from signings and always made sure many, many books were on hand for signings.  When he passed away…gee, I forget the exact date, but it happened about what?  seven years ago or so?  But when he passed away, it became a little more difficult to schedule and do book signings.  Why this is, I’m not completely certain.  But from what I’ve been told, it seems to have something to do with returns on books.

2010+tour+029[1]Be that as it may, when planning a tour, one needs to contact the stores.  This was an interesting thing to do this year, if only because so many bookstores have closed.  In 1994 when my first book, LAKOTA SURRENDER, hit the shelves, you could find a bookstore on almost any corner.  There were so many — Borders, Barnes & Noble, Waldenbooks, B. Dalton, Crown, Books-A-Million, Hastings and many, many, many independents.  There were many, many books at WalMart and K-mart and drug stores and even grocery stores.  People really read a lot.  But now I’d say that probably 2/3’s of my personal bookstore list is gone.  There are almost no more B. Dalton’s — they’ve almost all been closed or are closing soon.  There are almost no more Book Stars — they’ve almost all been closed or closing soon.  Same with Waldenbooks.  Crown books closed many, many years ago.  And many of the independent bookstores closed when the big bookstores moved in and took over the business.  Sort of like what happened in “You’ve Got Mail.”  Off to the left above is a recent book signing done at Russo’s Books in Bakersfield, CA.

2010+tour+027[1]I have to admit to a bit of crying when I went through my book sellers list and found so many stores were either closed or closing.  Some days I would just sit and cry.  But all that aside, one must contact the stores and see if they’d like to do a signing.  This photo to the right was at Cameron Books in Hemet, CA.  Now book signings are a bit of trouble to do, and so not everyone wants to do this, which is completely understandable.  But there are some people in these stores that love signings since they do potentially bring in more readers to their stores.  Believe it or not, scheduling these tours usually takes me about 1-2 months to do.  Press kits need to be gotten together, complete with bookmarks and/or post cards, and they need to be sent out, plus one need to stay in good communication with the bookseller so that the event comes off well.

2010+tour+032[1]Book signings are actually a lot of fun.  Not only do you as an author get to get out of the house (because most of us work from home, we often stay home a lot), but you have the opportunity to talk to many people, readers, book sellers and customers.  I can’t begin to tell you the conversations we’ve had this year alone.  I think we’ve talked all around writing, politics, the world in general and publishing.  These are moments that I really treasure.  There’s also online tours that authors do.  There’s blogging, chats and there’s even a new option for authors called Second Life book signings.  I’m learning about this new one — Second Life.Snapshot_155[1]  Off to the right here is me in Second Life. 

So far, I haven’t been able to get around in Second Life very well — it’s based on having an avatar that you dress and walk around the world of Second Life.  So far, I fly into the air when I get up from sitting, and I walk off platforms and into walls.  : )  But there’s a possiblity here in Second Life in reaching people that you otherwise might not be able to reach — and that’s an exciting concept to me.  If you as an author are interested in this concept, please let me know and I’ll put you in contact with Denise, who can really help you in Second Life.

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2010+tour+059[1]This is all quite in addition to sending out bookmarks to your readers, to making calls, talking up your book on Facebook or elsewhere, blogging, chats.  Often your days of touring are hard, long days.  I just finished up a 4 day weekend tour where I was putting in 17/15 hour days.

You might ask, “Is it worth it?”  2010+tour+018[1]I can’t begin to tell you how many authors have asked me this.  And I don’t have a ready answer to the question.  All I can say is this:  There are so many books in bookstores and on the internet, that is seems to me that it only stands to reason that if you want your book to be noticed, that it requires some kind of promotion.  There are many different forms of promotion, also.  I think an author needs to find one that works for him/her and stay with it.  And by “works” I mean, does it influence your bottom line?  If it increases your sales, stay with it.  Do it to the best of your ability.  2010+tour+007[1]

For me, tours are often worth the effort  I know many authors who think they don’t work.  But I like them.  Yes, they are work.  Yes, I complain over lack of time and not being able to do enough, but it gets me out of the house — allows me to talk to people, and like research is for me, getting to talk to and know your readers is one of the perks about being an author.   

booksigningGlynnis&KayNow if this is something you’d like to know more about, I have about 3-4 weeks more touring to do and am keeping a daily diary of the tour on my Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=760039010&ref=profile.  There I post pictures of the tour daily — or if I don’t have a book signing that day, I keep you informed of chats and other book related happenings.  Or you can go to my website at www.novels-by-KarenKay.com you’ll find my book signing schedule.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and I hope I haven’t bored you with the particulars of the business of writing/promotion.  I’d love to hear from you whether you’re an author who has another form of promotion that you love — or whether you’re a reader, who has suggestions or comments. 

At present, I have two books out on the bookshelves, SENECA SURRENDER and BLACK EAGLE.  Seneca+Surrender[1]Please do yourself a favor (and me, too) and pick up your copy of SENECA SURRENDER or BLACK EAGLE51obnqdgasl_sl500_aa240_1 today.  I’ve been told they are good reads.  You should be able to find SENECA SURRENDER on the bookshelves at your most favorite bookstore.  Or order it online at Amazon.com or Borders.com or BarnesandNoble.com or books-a-million.com.  BLACK EAGLE is also available by order.

Remember, I will be offering a free book — THE LAST WARRIOR — to some lucky blogger today.   So come on in and leave a comment and let’s chat.

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KAREN KAY aka GEN BAILEY is the multi-published author of American Indian Historical Romances. She has written for such prestigious publishers as AVON/HarperCollins, Berkley/Penguin/Putnam and Samhain Publishing. KAREN KAY’S great grandmother was Choctaw Indian and Kay is honored to be able to write about the American Indian Culture.
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62 thoughts on “A Writer’s Life or a Glimpse into the hectic world or touring”

  1. Just went to a author event where she described finishing her manuscript that took ten years to publish and said, “well, I am ready for my book tour!” The publishing staff looked at her and said, “what? book tours are a thing of the past and for a non fiction science book like yours (“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”) no one is going to be interested. We don’t have the $.”

    Uh, the book is now on the non fiction bestseller list and has been for several months now. The author ended up in our area because she arranged her own tour, calling friends all over the country to find bookstores, put her up, etc. She said it went so well that she left the house in January and won’t be home til the end of May.

    That gave me home, not just about her book, but about the number of independent bookstores still out there!

    I always appreciate the authors who make the effort because it helps the bookstores as well as gives us a chance to see the person behind the book. Thanks!

  2. I hope all goes smoothly on your book tour.

    I have never been to an author signing but I do love to meet the authors through blogs…love the Q&A’s part and excerpts!

  3. Karen – I’m exhausted just reading about that!

    Signings are something I do and usually with a partner, but I’ve never toured. Writing category, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for the one month it’s on the shelves. I usually virtually tour. I am in awe of your dedication to touring, actually! I love meeting readers!

  4. Karen,
    I too mourn the loss of so many bookstores. But not much we can do about that. Unfortunately.

    But I applaud you for making the effort to do booksignings. Hang in there, girl!

  5. Hi, Kay! You are one hard working lady! You make me feel like I am a “lazy bones”. I have a background in advertising and sales. You have an excellent product, you are a very articulate and attractive lady, and you present your work in an intelligent, informed manner. Your love stories are memorable and passionate, and your book covers are scrumptious! You are open to new ways of expanding your readership. I would have loved to have had someone like you as one of my advertising accounts! Best wishes for your biggest year yet in 2010!

  6. Karen, your post came at the perfect time for me. My debut novel releases next month and I’m in the middle of the marketing crunch. I’m much more comfortable sitting at my computer, but I’ve been making the rounds, talking to local store managers and working out the details for my launch party. Now I just have to work on all the advertising and promotion for the luanch. There always seems to be something else to do. But hopefully all the effort will pay off with respectable sales figures. Thanks for the encouragement and best of luck on your tour.

  7. Karen I’m just in awe of all you’re doing to promote your book. I’m sure it will pay off. I’ve done local signings, mostly with other authors, but nothing like what you’re doing.
    Book signings require a sense of humor. The lines-out-the-door movie version of a signing only happens with big names. I’m more likely to be sitting at a table looking dumb and answering questions like “Where’s the bathroom?” and “Where can I find a copy of “The Christmas Box?” Having candy to lure customers helps.
    🙂
    I applaud your courage. Good luck with your beautiful books!

  8. Hi Karen. Great insight into a writer’s life. Promotion is a big job! Congrats for taking on such a strenuous tour schedule. They are grueling. Although I had a lot of tour experience before my first release, I didn’t truly realize how hard it is on the author! It’s a pretty physically draining on the sidekicks, but the author has to sit there with a smile on her face, trying to ignore cramped fingers, and always be pleasant to everyone … the bookstore employees, the readers, and the curious happen-byers. But, oh how rewarding it is when it’s all said and done. We’ve cut down the number of in person booksignings, although it’s been very hard to do. It only takes one “special” reader to make every mile worth it all! I’ve met some wonderful people. My nicest surprises are when I run into someone who I haven’t seen in a long time. Yes, the electronic promotions are absolutely fantastic and gain a lot of readers and fans, but you know what, you can’t get a hug and a smile from your computer screen! Again, congrats. Get some rest when you can and take lots of pictures.

  9. Karen, I’ve done a “tour” for each of my books, but the second was much shorter than the first. It takes time, personnel and an investment in inventory bythe bookseller–and considerable time and energy from us as writers. That said, I’ll keep doing store signings because I love having the chance to talk with readers, and I’ll admit I still get a charge out of someone buying my book. 😀

  10. I am very upset at all the book stores closing. Sometimes it is very hard to find books you want because there is no bookstore. They still have a Booksamillion in Joplin, Missouri but it is not always possible for me to get there. I have to rely on the Wal Mart in my town or order on line. Either way I am going to get the books I want because I love to read.

  11. Hi Karen great post! I have never been to a book signing and have always wanted to go! There is only one small book store where I live and I am talking very small. It has closed and reopened so many times and I am not sure who owns it now. Most of the time if your looking for a book they want have it but will order it for you. So most of my books come from Walmart or I have to order from Amazon!

  12. Hi Julie!

    You what I’m in awe of — is that she left the house and doesn’t plan to be back until May — now that’s quite a tour.

    When I was in Real Estate, I always learned that there is nothing like meeting face to face. All the other is a substitute for that face to face contact. It is grueling, I must admit, but I think it gives the bookstores and the author a chance to meet and get out there and meet readers, too.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

  13. Hi Donna!

    You know, it’s the one thing that I think I would love about Category is not HAVING to tour. 🙂 But like you, there’s nothing like getting out and actually meeting your readers. 🙂

  14. Wow, Virginia, you have made my day special now. Thanks for all your compliments and boosts in morale. I saw your post, by the way, on CataRomance, Single Title, and sent it to my mailing list — if only because it was so beautiful. 🙂 You have my heart.

  15. Hi Karen!

    Wow, a debut party. Now that’s something I’ve not thought about. Once long ago I toured with another author who did this, so I was there for it — for us both — and it was fun.

    Have fun on your debut and your tour. And Wow! That first novel. May the stars continue to shine in your eyes.

  16. You bring up quite a good point, Elizabeth. I think you understand how much courage it takes to get in there — schedule the tour — talk to friends — sit there and talk to people and try to look somewhat intelligent.

    Ah, from the lips of an author.

  17. Hi Karen! I am beyond impressed with your diligence! The energy that goes into a tour is tremendous. You’re amazing!

    I was sorry to hear about the decreasing number of small bookstores. As much as I love the massiveness of Borders for B&N, I have wonderful memories of a tiny bookshop in Canyon Country, CA. The owner handpicked the titles, which gave the store a fascinating cohesiveness. I always enjoyed browsing.

    Thanks again for the informative post!

  18. Hi Phyliss! I can see you really understand what it takes to tour. Sometimes it’s easier if someone else is with you, but about 1/2 of all my touring is done solo. I think it’s why from now on whenever a local author is touring, I’m going to do my utmost to be there.

    It’s just wonderful to have that personal contact. And again, thanks for trying to get your cousin out to one of my signings. Had the days been reversed, we would have met. 🙂

  19. Hi Tracy!

    I, too, have toured with all of my books with the exception of two — and I only didn’t tour with them because I was involved in doing a course (the equivalent of a couple of years of college) and was simiply unable to do both at the same time. I must admit that I, too, still get a charge out of someone buying my book.

    In truth, I don’t think I ever forget those people. 🙂

  20. Hi Goldie!

    Yes, the bookstores closings are very difficult. And WalMart is starting to carry only the bigger name books now and not as much romance as it used to — so you don’t even get a good view of what’s out there. Amazon — the internet — are still good places to get books, but for me, it’s harder to see what’s out there on the internet — for me bookstores are still the most wonderful places in the world.

  21. Hi Vicki!

    Like you, I mourn the loss of each and every store. The small ones, I think, are going to come into their own. With places like WalMart and Target and Hastings starting to carry only a small selection of what’s really out there, I think the personal attention of the smaller store will come into its own — if they can survive the interim — and it’s my wish that they do — each and everyone of them.

  22. From a reader’s point of view, I find it all very fascinating. I’ve heard some authors say, writing the book is the easy part lol. I guess like in most careers, it’s the ones that are go-getters that get to the top and it does sound very involved. Hopefully, as an author, it’s something you like doing too. It’s sad about the bookstores but they just can’t compete with the megagiants. The prices are nice but you definitely lose something. I would imagine there just aren’t enough hours in the day if you consider everything you have to do on the internet too but it is great for us readers. I love being able to find out about books and author right at my fingertips. And what can be better than winning a book 🙂

  23. Hi Quilt Lady!

    Believe it or not, I also mourn the loss of the old, original WalMarts. When the man who originally opened these stores and managed them was still alive, he became a boon to all authors and artists. He loved books and music and artists in general and I remember him having a person who did nothing but schedule tours for authors and artists — and it didn’t matter if your book was from a New York publisher or not. He’d get those books/music in there.

    Their selection has gone down nowadays and they aren’t carrying many of the titles (even when the publisher is a writer with the bigger New York publishers). Unfortunately Target and WalMart doesn’t give a reader the selection that the Borders and Barnes & Noble and Books-a-million stores do nowadays. In that past, they used to.

    I don’t know what changed, but as a reader, as well as a writer, I’d love to have those old days back — when you could go into a drug store or chain store like this and see the selection that was fantastic.

    Oh, well…

  24. Now, I want to mention that I’m doing a booksigning today and that I won’t be online to post until later tonight. I will see and read all your posts and we’ll have a winner for the book, THE LAST WARRIOR, but I won’t be able to post again until this evening (and remember this evening might be late because I’m on the West Coast.)

    Much love to you all!

  25. Hi Jeanne!

    Thanks so much for your thoughts. I saw your post just as I was about ready to turn off my computer.

    I love the internet and I love all it can do — but for me there’s nothing like going to a bookstore and seeing all that’s out there — picking up the book, reading that back cover — comparing it with other books. I wish there were an internet equivalent to that — but so far, I’m still in there with the bookstores. Again, may the small bookstores revive and may they always be there to give us that personal service that’s so valuable. 🙂

  26. I confess that I really don’t like to do booksignings, but I recognize the importance of them. A writer really needs to get out and meet the readers. It’s so crucial to maintain a presence, both online and personal. I honestly do think booksignings help sales. It’s just something I’m not real comfortable doing. I wish you lots of luck with your tour. And I really hope it pushes your book into a higher realm with the publisher.

  27. I really hate to see the loss of independent bookstores as well since the big box stores have rolled in and rolled them down. As for book signings, I like going to them when I can. I get to hear the author talk about the process, answer questions on the subject, as well as get my books signed. I also have to admit, I like the electronic age, as I can follow favorite authors on the internet through blogs and websites, and also discover new authors through guest spots or recommendations.

    Got a question – do the bookmarks I see at a bookstore come from the publisher or the author? And if the publisher doesn’t supply them, do they at least contribute to it (or book signings, etc).

  28. Hi Kay, whew, I’m tired just reading this LOL. I know you’re going to do very well. I wish one of the signings had been a bit closer distance or time-wise because I love to support my friends.
    The only signings I’ve done were in herds. So I totally admire your zeal and efforts here. I’m sure it’ll all pay off.

    I too mourn the closure of the bookstores. I’d always pop into Waldenbooks, and something would catch my eye.

    Best of luck with your sales and have safe travels! oxoxoxo

  29. It is amazing what we don’t know about the day to day life of being a writer and that it is not all fame and fortune so to speak.. Books Tours I am sure can be grueling and time consuming, but I am sure very rewarding for everyone involved..

    Good luck with your books sales and have fun on your tours…

  30. Wow, even I, in my blog I have just talked about the new book of Jen Bailey:).
    Unfortunately in Italy it was not published anything of this author, however, the italian readers know it.
    The plot is very interesting and the cover is beautiful.

  31. I have never been to a book signing… I am used to the big store chains… through the years I have only known one small bookstore…

  32. I think I’m going to curl up and catch a quick nap.
    I’m totally worn out just reading about your tours!
    You do great work (and work it is!)in publicizing
    your books through these tours.

    Pat Cochran

  33. very interesting and a lot of hard work!
    the second life thing sounds a bit out there…but i’m a bit behind in the tech world and i’m sure it’s the way of the future!
    good for you for stepping up

    from a reader’s thoughts…
    i buy most of my books from amazon b/c book stores are far away and with three little girls it wouldn’t be relaxing to hang out in one anyhow
    i LOVE that amazon gives reviews and buy so many things from them based on that and i try to leave good reviews for the books that i read

    that said…i am pretty devoted to you girls on p&p…i have a “to buy” wish list on amazon filled with the books you gals write and post about…and i really don’t even consider buying anyone else’s books
    it’s really become important to me that i have some sort of connection with the authors..it means a lot knowing that you are real people that pour your hearts into the stories you write
    the few copies of books i have won here are treasures…for every book that i win, at least two of that authors books go to the top of my “buy” list and get bought as soon as i have the funding

    so…know that all the time you spend here is not in vain…i am faithfully (though slowly) buying up all of your books girls

  34. Congratulations on just getting through your day, Karen! 😉 Your energy is an inspiration to the rest of us. Best of luck with Seneca Surrender.

    And about WalMart…I remember going to the original one in Arkansas with my aunt long before the chain took off. Not sure if that makes me special or just old, lol!

  35. I have never gone to a book signing but would love to do so. I live in a very small town in Indiana & the we do have two book stores but they are very small and I don’t know that they have every held book signings. Hmmmm, maybe I should go talk up all my favorite authors and see what can be done.

    I loved your post and sharing of all the pictures. Looks like a lot of fun.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

  36. I attend a lot of book signings. I enjoy them. And I do my part to help spur the economy-I buy way too many books. Hopefully, I will have time to read them all.
    I always write a note to the author and let them know how much I enjoy reading their work if it is good writing. If I were an author, i would like to hear from my readers.

  37. I LOVE signings and speaking events! Had one on April 17 about 1.5 hrs away (164 miles rt) and sold 1 book.

    Many may consider that a failure – BUT I visited with a friend I hadn’t seen in 7-8 yrs!

    I also handed out numerous cards with the covers/titles/isbn # of ALL of my novels on one side – on the other were the covers of my short stories and where to purchase them.

    Only God knows how many sales may come of this in the future.

    I’m hoping to set up more beginning again in May. One thing I’ll do differently is call EVERY newspaper & radio station (if possible) in the area to make sure the signing gets some publicity!

    Good luck with your tour.

    I’d love to be in the drawing for this book!
    PamT

  38. I have not been able to attend a book signing–yet. I live out in the country and the closest bookstore is a 3 hour drive away. So, I shop online a lot and try to keep up-to-date on new books being released. Still I love the chance to actually browse through a bookstore and see what catches my eye.

  39. Thanks for an interesting post, Karen. Most people don’t realize just how much more work there is for an author after the book gets published. I would think book signings would be worth the effort, if there is a good turnout. If an author is there in person, I think readers are more likely to buy the new book being promoted as well as some of the back list. I’m sure the big question is always “is the cost of the touring and signing balanced by the extra sale of books. ” Another factor that needs to be considered is just the PR factor. Few people get to meet an author in person. If it is one whose books they like, it is even more of a “big deal.”
    I already have BLACK EAGLE and enjoyed it. I figured there would be a sequel and have been waiting for it. Good luck with the release. I hope its sales and your touring go well.

  40. Hi Linda!

    I know many authors who don’t like booksignings and it’s probably rare that a publisher would ask them to do it. Some authors perfer to promote their books in another way. And it’s all good. We’re all different, thank goodness. Thanks for the post.

  41. Hi Debbie D.

    I must admit that I like the convenience of the electronic age, also. It makes staying in touch so much easier and simplier in many ways — although in some ways it adds 2-3 extra hours onto our days.

    But I, too, like it. I think it depends on the publisher as to what they do for authors. They all do something for their authors to help promote the book — they do try. Usually, however, the promotional money comes from the author — that’s why many who are posting here are saying how expensive it can be. I know one author who went and took out a loan in order to advertise — it was long, long ago and it really did pay off. : )

  42. Hi Tanya!

    Yeah, it would’ve been fun to see you again. 🙂 I’ve also done the booksignings in herds — I like them, too. I think the thing I like most about signings is meeting readers and making new friends. 🙂

  43. Hi Colleen!

    The big stores do have an appeal, that’s for certain, but the smaller ones do, too, if only because they are so personable. The big chains can be, too. But the smaller ones usually are quite … what’s the word I’m looking for…cozy? 🙂

  44. Good Evening, Tabitha!

    Wow! Wow! Your post really touched my heart. I really didn’t know this and the fact that you connect so well with us means everything. Just everything. I, too, love Amazon and buy many of my research books from Amazon. But when it comes to my romance books, I like to touch them, pick them up, look at them, consider them, thumb through the pages, and then buy. 🙂

    I met a bookseller today who loves books as much (maybe even more) and we do. Books. I love them.

    We love you, too, Tabitha. 🙂

  45. Hi Ann!

    The original WalMart. Wow! What was his name? Sam…Wall or something like that? I think I’ve read somewhere that it was his dream to support America — I do know that when he was alive, he made being an artist a little easier. 🙂

  46. Hi Cindy!

    Thanks for your thoughts. Book signings are usually fun. Getting to meet readers — and readers getting to meet authors — and talking and gabbing about most anything. They’re just also alota work from the standpoint of getting there, setting it all up, etc. 🙂

    Yeah, what a good idea. Go talk to those book sellers. 🙂

  47. Hi Joye!

    I love that you buy lots of books. I know women who easily read 3-4 historical novels (the long ones) in a few days. I’m always amazed.

    And I think all authors enjoy hearing from readers. It really makes it all worthwhile — it’s like the cherry on the icing. 🙂

  48. Hi Pamela!

    Like you I never consider a book signing a failure — there’s always something to take away — sometimes I even buy my own books at them so as to get a good stock of them (for give aways later).

    You’re right — it’s never a failure. 🙂 And I love your enthusiasm.

  49. Hi Patricia!

    Yes, one has to weigh these things, that’s for certain. But with so many books on the bookshelf, I think an author also needs to do something to try to draw attention to the book. Otherwise, I think it can get lost in the shuffle. In the long run, I think all promotion is good. Well, most. It is a matter of some is more effective than others. Thanks so much for your thoughts and for enjoying BLACK EAGLE, and thanks for mentioning it. 🙂

  50. Hi Pamela!

    Like you I never consider a book signing a failure — there’s always something to take away — sometimes I even buy my own books at them so as to get a good stock of them (for give aways later).

    You’re right — it’s never a failure. 🙂 And I love your enthusiasm.

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