The Good, the Partly Bad, and the Really Nice…
November 14, 2010
Some lessons I’m taking away in 2010
The Good: Though I’ve been lucky enough to have three published mystery novels, only with my third, Reticence of Ravens, have I attempted an “official” book launch. This time, the stars lined up happily and I was able to introduce my first Route 66 novel to the world at the Newberry Springs Pistachio Festival. It was a great event on several levels — met lots of interesting people from as far away as Denmark, did well commercially, sold books and pottery—and best of all, I loved the experience. Loyal local friends and wonderful new acquaintances made my day! Over the last year I’ve been to many events (for me) and enjoyed them all! Still, my lesson learned from my book launch is—
Sometimes, your own backyard is where the sun shines brightest.
The partly bad: The 2010 Mystery Cruise on Carnival’s Splendour was canceled. Engine trouble. A big disappointment in that I was looking forward to meeting authors I’ve heard about or only connected with electronically, buy some autographed books, get some new ideas, shake some hands—even share a few hugs. But this conference was not to be. However, one of the panels I would have been on was marketing, and mentally preparing for it made me assess(a good thing!) my promotions voyage—which now covers several years. Fortunately, I also had a multi-author CWC book signing event scheduled, and quickly signed up for a Barstow Harvey House Christmas event. Lessons reinforced—
On the universe level, don’t count on anything in the future, but enjoy the moment you’re in —And—on the micro book promotions level, have plenty of events planned to keep you moving forward!
The really nice: Can’t psychologically break myself of being overly concerned readers won’t like my books. For sure, I write what I like, in the way I like—which I guess is one way of saying, I write for myself. But that certainly is not the whole truth. Obviously (why try getting published), I want others to read what I write—and most importantly to enjoy the adventure I’m trying to pull their imaginations into.
At the Pistachio Festival, all the people who bought Reticence of Ravens and had read either of my two earlier novels, said they liked them–and without my asking! Of course, politeness is a big factor here, but I’m wanting to believe, if they didn’t like them, they wouldn’t have bought the new one? (It’s my thought, and I’m sticking to it!) Lessons learned—
It feels absolutely marvelous to hear a reader (lying or not) say they enjoyed reading my books. —And— my ego clearly needs more strokes than I’ve previously been willing to admit.
Soon it will be 2011, and I can start over—with a clean slate, some promotions lessons learned, and an ego not worn so clearly on my sleeve.