Author Adventures – Heading Home

Boy am I glad to head home today!

A quick update for the curious:

My credit card was turned off as soon as I crossed the state line. EEEEEEKKKKKK!!!

The Mariner Memorial Bash wasn’t as good as I had hoped. Although I met some really great people and had a good time…I didn’t sell a single book there.

HOWEVER — The great thing was that when J. Drew Brumbaugh and his wife took me to the Bascule Bridge Grill, I saw a sign for a Farmers Market for Sunday. I got there and they graciously allowed me to set up an instant book signing. I was able to make gas money to get home.

Then it was back to the Ramada for the afternoon. Got to talk to Chuck Altonen – former owner of the Harbor Journal – who gave me column space as the writer of Kat Tracks.

Monday I was off to the races – 2100 words for The Emissary series, a trip to Topky Library, Ashtabula Public Library and Kingsville Library to donate books. I also stopped at Cahill House on Walnut Bld where I wrote a bit chunk of ‘Swallow the Moon’.

Now I’ve got to pack up and get home. Might not be until midnight, but I’m glad to be going back.

Although…I think I could acutally like being a book-selling gypsy up here. The book has been accepted and is in great demand. People LOVE the fact it takes place in Ashtabula. If word spreads, the trip might not be just a tax write-off. It might acutally help my sales.

Here’s hoping, because I’m running on a wing and a prayer, just like the old days when I was scrambling for enough cash to pay my rent, so I never got a good meal except at Mom & Dad’s on Sunday.

Yes, this trip brought back a lot of old memories…good ones.

If things go in my favor, I might be back for the Covered Bridge Festival in October. But maybe not.

Stay tuned!


Drumroll – Please!

TheEmissaryFinal - part 1

I started uploading ‘The Emissary’ to e-book vendors last night.

I feel its premature to sound the horns and all that. I’ve no idea how long Pubit will take to process the e-book. However, sometime after midnight – I uploaded ‘The Emissary’ to Barnes & Noble’s Pubit.

The reason I’m not crowing: it can take 2 months to get an e-book actually available on B&N.

That’s right – TWO MONTHS.

So there would be, IMHO no more foolish action than to start plugging the poor book before it was actually available.

The last e-book I uploaded to Kobo took 3 weeks to process. Another place where you don’t want to upload at the last minute before you start advertising.

Smashwords, while painfully slow to pay – is usually good about getting the e-books available all but instantly – if you can get passed the AutoVetter of Meatgrinder.

Amazon – well – yes, it’s faster, however there are SO many e-books this one may never make a splash.

So I’m doing this a small step at a time. See if I can get the turtle-slow vendors in place first.

You DO know that I want to shout this from the rooftops, right?

I’m being SO restrained – it’s like a scene from 50 Shades of Tie Me Up and Spank Me.

No, really!

‘The Emissary” on Nook book.

“The Emissary” on Kobo Books

Trolls n Tributes

Lunch Cover

My cover for "Let's Do Lunch"

I am very slowly building this site. Today I’m experimenting with links. First off – I need to get this out of my brain.

It drives me crazy – Trolls

It is the big ugly downside to the internet. Trolls can really ruin your day if you allow them to rent space in your head.

As many hours as I spend at the keyboard marketing my book “Let’s Do Lunch” on various forums – I continually run into these hairy monsters. I have only been the target of one troll attack – on a private forum – but have seen a lot of carnage.

Yet the one place where it makes the most sense to advertise – Amazon book forums – is the place most heavily patrolled by trolls. They are territorial creatures, if Amazon was a dog park it would reek.

Probably the most important thing to remember about trolls is that I don’t want to become one. I think it is a disease like Lycanthropy – if you are bitten, you can catch it.

Onward to happier news –

I’ve had the honor of being featured on the “Thank You” page of ‘Authors on Show.’ This has been a great boost to my week and my marketing effort. I even posted a coupon code for Smashwords to drive some business to the site for my book.

Here is the smashwords link for “Let’s Do Lunch” and the coupon code to purchase it for $1.50 is: XR93G

So far I’m very pleased with – this is easier and more flexible than I expected.