With the invention of social networks, along with the closing of many of our major bookstore chains (Waldenbooks, B. Dalton, Crown, BookStar), it seems as though live tours might become a thing of the past. Interestingly, these past 18 years as a writer has seen me doing tours around the country as I promote my latest book. But again, with more and more bookstores closing, and with more attention swinging to ebooks, the book tour (physical book tours — where one visits stores all across the country) might become a thing of the past.
If this is to be, I thought I’d take this opportunity to take you on the last tour with me. So here we go…
My last book tour was last year in April 2010. This time I did the tour locally (often I travel all over the country), and I was promoting my newest release, SENECA SURRENDER, as well as last year’s release, BLACK EAGLE.
The tour began really with a drive out to the Hemet area, where I signed all different kinds of my books (back titles as well as newer titles) and donated many books to the Walk for Cancer Cure. To the right and below are some pictures of that event. Heather Bennet put the entire event in order and Heather is here with me in the picture to our immediate right.
To the left here is a picture of a romance readers group that meets at a Barnes & Noble in the Redondo Beach area. Next to the left is a picture of the signing done at a Barnes & Noble in the Manhattan Beach area. Directly below here in the middle is a picture taken at the booksigning at the Orange County Romance Writers meeting…always a favorite of mine. Interestingly to the left is a picture taken on the day when I was blogging at Coffee Time Romance. Now, these networking places I do believe are going to take over the physical demands of touring in person. However, for me something is lost in the change over. I have loved going on tour because it give me a chance to meet readers face to face. But I digress. To the right here is a picture taken at Cameron Books in Hemet. To the right in the picture is another picture of Heather Bennet, who kindly showed up at the bookstore, bringing friend, Melissa Keith, with her. To the left here and below is a picture taken with two customers at Russo’s Bookstore in Bakersfield. And to the left is another picture taken at the same store. This was a wonderful booksigning, by the way, though I did have to drive somewhat of a distance to go to it.
To the left here is a relaxing moment at home after the booksigning. Probably what might not be talked about very much is how draining booksignings can be — I’ve never understood quite why. All I know is that the touring tends to make me quite tired — and for that first month that the book is out, the signings are all important.
To the left here is a picture of the booksigning that took place at the Romance Writers Meeting for the Los Angeles Chapter. By the way, unfortunately this wonderful bookstore (Barnes & Noble) has just closed, sad to say.
The tour ended with a booksigning/lecture in Second Life. Off to the left here is “me” in Second Life — now this I found interesting — as it was a sort of “live” booksigning and yet it was online and conducted via an avatar. Sometimes I can’t believe I learned how to do this. It was challenging for me (cause I’m not all that computer lit), but thanks to Denise Fleischer, it was really fun! Off to the right here and below is a picture snapped at a Booksigning in San Diego at the Borders there.
To the left and below is another picture of “me” or rather my avatar as I did the booksigning on Second Life.
I do believe that we’ll be seeing more and more “tours” online in the future. But I’m hoping that the days of the life book tours don’t ever end. There is something very exciting and special about meeting your readers face to face.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour of a tour. I had hoped to memorialize it on this blog. Now, I should tell you all that I will be on the road all day on Tuesday and won’t be anywhere close to a computer. Hopefully, when my traveling settles down, we’ll go back to the regular blogs where I’m able to do give aways — but for now, please bear with me. This Tuesday is a full traveling day for me. I will be reading and responding to all your posts as soon as I’m able, so please come on in and tell me what you think of touring. Do you prefer life tours — meeting the author face to face? Or do you prefer online tours? Come on in and leave me your thoughts.