Auntie's Bookstore, an independent bookstore here in Spokane, hosted my first book signing on Saturday. Whew! Friends and family came. We hugged. I sold a few books -- and signed them!
What I learned. Bring bookmarks. Smile. In quiet moments, amble around the bookstore and ask if people would like a bookmark. When people slow down as they walk by, I asked, "Do you like historical fiction?" Then followed up with conversation. Not necessarily about my book. This was fun. One passerby, a trucker, said he loved audio books. This gives me renewed motivation to find out how to make an audio book. Maybe I should read it! Another turned out to be a graphic artist with a portfolio of gorgeous drawings.
ABNA Quarter finals update: I'm still excited about Monday's news that Years of Stone is a quarter-finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The excerpt of the first 15 pages is available as a free download HERE. Readers can post their reactions. That includes you, if you are interested. I'm still working toward a release date of sometime this summer. I've started reading through the excerpts from other writers. What diversity!
FOR THE COMING WEEK:
--Continue work on Years of Stone edits. 5 out of 7 days.
--Take draft flash "Color Me Green" or current chapter of YOS to new F2F Crit group.
--Post on writing blog 6x, travel blog 1x, ROW80 2x and read 10.
--Crit 1 sub for NOVELS-L and sub another chapter of Years of Stone.
--Read and review at least one indie writer this week.
--Update Marketing Plan and focus on e-mail lists and newsletter.
--Prep book club questions for Standing Stones for Book Club by this Thurs.
--For WSQ: Draft article (deadline May 1) on Applique Society, finish 2 quilts, order library books.
May your week -- and your writing -- go well.
|In honor of my friend, Nancy, who just acquired|
a baby llama, here's a pic of a baby llama (Camp, Peru, 2009)
Check out what other ROW80 folks are doing HERE.