I feel like I’m coming off as rather self-absorbed lately, mostly posting about my book and what it’s like to be a newly-published author. I have to admit that the marketing and promotion end of this business has consumed me. It has to. That’s what all the experts say. Hit it hard while the book is fresh.
Some authors say that promoting is more challenging than writing the book. And it is for most, since writers are usually introverts. But I have to disagree in my case, because writing Second-Chance Mother, reliving those memories, was probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. Other than the original act of giving up my son.
I have no idea how well the book has done on Amazon and B&N.com, since I only receive quarterly statements/royalties. The e-book sales were respectable for November and December. I have personally sold 60 (locally) since I received my shipment about a month ago. I’ve reordered more to accommodate upcoming events.
Tucson Festival of Books, 3/10-11. A wonderful event (now the fourth largest book festival in the U.S.). I’ll be at the Author Pavilion, West Tent, on Sunday, the 11th, 9:30-11:30 a.m. with signed copies of Second-Chance Mother.
My community, Esperanza Estates, is throwing me a wine and cheese party on Sunday afternoon, 3/18, at our ramada. Many of my neighbors have already bought and read the book, but it will be great fun hearing their impressions, and maybe selling a few more to those who don’t know me personally.
On Sat., 3/24, 10-5, I will be among other local authors at a fundraiser, Monterey Court Studio Galleries, 505 W, Miracle Mile in Tucson, to support our friend Serena Freewomyn in her fight against an inoperable and possibly cancerous brain tumor. Authors and other will be donating a portion of their sales to Serena’s cause/ There will be music, a bake sale, shop discounts, and raffles that day. If you’re an author who would like to participate, contact: Cynthia Roedig (SSA) at Cynthia_33@msn.com.
I will be among six authors displaying outside of the Friends of the Library “Meet the Authors” GV Village library annex bookstore on Wed., March 28, from 10 on. This coincides with their weekly Farmer’s Market and always draws a big crowd.
I’ve just confirmed a book fair at Bookmans, Speedway location in Tucson, 4/21, noon-2:00. The theme will be “Women in Memoir,” and a lot of my friends will be there: Patti Hawn, Marilyn Pate, Patricia Punches, Pat Krohn, and others.
I hope to participate in a Phoenix-area Bookmans author fair sometime in the next few months.
If you are in Arizona, I hope you’ll come see me at one of these events.
In May, not sure of the dates yet, I plan to be in Northern California at a few book signing events. So far I have one. If anyone there has suggestions for possible venues, please let me know at droessle at mac dot com. I have many friends there and hope to see many of you while I’m there.
Thanks to all of my readers for your support. It means the world to me.