Three Author Events in One Week

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Here’s me at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT with my book. There are 3 signed copies left on sale there. ย This is pre-whirlwind. I actually felt pretty okay that day.

Cascades Library

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Photo by Emmie Mears

Over the past week, I was down in Washington, D.C. to teach a workshop on how to be a part-time writer at the Cascades Library. I was so lucky that the lovely Emmie Mears and JM McDowell came to the event because there was only one other attendee.

The library had told me they usually got 15-20 people for workshops so this was a particularly tough night. I was so happy to see Emmie and JM and so sad to have sold no books and have had such a small turnout after traveling so far.

Emmie took the day off to hang out with me and make the trek from DC to Sterling, VA at rush hour with me. It was 1.5 hour cab ride. She helped me set up and kept me calm all day.

JM joined us and her husband squired us around to drinks and the metro after the event. She went above and beyond to ship my books home to me so I didn’t have to lug them back on the train.

I <3 Emmie and JM!

On the train home, this cute guy sat next to me and we started chatting and he ended up ordering a Kindle of Six Train. So I did make one sale on the trip. That brightened my mood. Course talking to a cute guy will do that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

CT Fiction Fest

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Photo by Rachael Dugas

I had a great group for my workshop. It was the end of the day and I was opposite NYT bestselling author Roxanne St. Claire. ย Still 25 people showed up to learn how to write good love scenes. Woohoo! ย Many took bookmarks and a few told me they enjoyed the scene we dissected from Six Train.

Unexpectedly cool highlight of my day: having lunch with Susan Litman from Harlequin and finding out she was in the initial acquisitions group that reviewed Reckonings! She told me how excited everyone in the room was over my book. And then, she asked to take a picture with me!!! Totally made my day.

The lovely Rachael Dugas of Talcott Notch Literary was our photographer. Small small world–I had to tell her I was just with Talcott’s client Emmie Mears in D.C. and had seen fellow Talcott agent Jessica Negron at my ย book launch party.

I didn’t sell any books, but I got to chat with the fabulousย Gerri Brousseau.

Silas Bronson Library

I had an author talk and Q&A at the library. Anita was a dream to work with and organized everything. She created a gorgeous flyer. Dad helped me set up. We had an intimate group, but I sold 3 books so that felt awesome. Big thank you to Gerri Brousseau for coming out after a long day’s work!

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I’m hoping all these events help create familiarity with my book and my name and motivate a sale down the road.

Now I’ve got two weeks to work on marketing stuff and plan the next two events!

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Upcoming International Event:

I will be at Hart House on the University of Toronto campus October 10th at 6 pm giving an author talk, Q&A, and reading. Here’s your chance to pick my brain about all things Six Train and writing. There will be giveaways. And I will be selling and signing books. Please join me if you are in the Toronto area!

I have aย Hart House event page on Facebook where you can chat with me and tell me what you’d like the talk to include too!

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36 Responses to Three Author Events in One Week

  1. Cat Forsley says:

    k HEART XXXX hi xxxx i am Gonna see u in toronto soon xxxx HART HOUSE = K HEART x how cool huh xxx <3 I am so amazed at This Journey ………………….. I gotta say x Proud of you ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx reflect back xxxxx it gives me happy gooebumps xx
    love xx C

  2. And by the way, I know low attendance for events can be tough . . . but it happens to every writer. I did one reading where there were only two people in the audience–one of whom was a homeless guy who fell asleep.

    • Thanks. That is good to hear. Because I am in excellent company if it happened to you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Low attendance without much expense is easier to swallow. When it involved trains and cabs and a hotel–that just makes it feel so much worse.

      • I hear you. I’ve been there . . . had to fork out for travel and hotel expenses only to have three people show up at one signing. The fact the store had 20 chairs set out made it worse.

        • I felt so stupid for spending all that money. But I have no way of knowing what will be a boom or a bust until it happens. Yeah, all those chairs definitely make it sting longer. But I try to remind myself it’s about selling books, and about visibility, and about creating familiarity. So maybe a few people will recognize my name in the VA area. This is my slept well and feeling better take on things. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Carrie Rubin says:

    Are you finally in your own bed yet? You poor woman. But what a great trail you’re blazing and what wonderful experience you’re gaining. And congrats again on the Harlequin signing. So fantastic. Your dedication and effort are inspiring!

    • I am. And it’s really really nice. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m definitely making a good amount of mistakes but practice is so important. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Even when I was a consultant, I didn’t travel this much so close together. I’d talk to my scheduler about it, but well that’s me, and I have to take every opportunity that comes my way. Aw thank you!

  4. Pete Denton says:

    International travelling! I like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. jmmcdowell says:

    NoVA writers’ loss that they missed you! But I so enjoyed the chance to meet you and hang out with you and Emmie afterward. I’ve said it before, but I was so impressed by what I heard from you and Emmie. The road can be long and difficult, but I see bright careers for both of you. You’re well on your way. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Aw thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚ You and Emmie made the trip worth it emotionally. Seeing you two and connecting in person was awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚ Aw, thank you. I promise I have made many many missteps along the way. There have been absolute busts and unexpectedly good bangs throughout the journey. 20/20 hindsight makes it seem like I knew what I was doing. Fingers and toes are crossed. Thank you! And seeing how much you’ve grown as a writer–I have no doubt that you are going to be there with us! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Oh, I don’t miss those DC commutes! Congratulations on a successful trip, Kourtney. Having Susan Litman tell you people are excited about your book….priceless! Way to go!

    • Jill, I never did that crazy commute when I was in college but man it’s as bad as LA. Thanks! She was a bright bright spot at CT Fiction Fest. So was having a full room for my workshop. Definite good moments in a crazy week. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. EllaDee says:

    Good love scenes will get people in every time ๐Ÿ™‚ I admire the way you apply yourself to every event, every step, every person… and it pays off.

  8. Sounds like quite a week! The first few appearances I did, and I didn’t sell books I was disappointed. Now I’m at the point where I realize that if I am out there, I am doing something to get my name recognized. They may not buy a book that day, but the sale may come later.

    To be honest, I sell so few at appearances that I am actually SURPRISED when someone walks up and asks for my book. It sounds silly, but I guess if you are not expecting it, you can’t get disappointed, right?

  9. 4amWriter says:

    Whirlwind trip indeed! Sorry about the low attendance at the library. Perhaps there aren’t many local people who want to be part-time writers? Or, maybe they heard it’s kind of an insane decision to make and skedaddled! ๐Ÿ™‚ At any rate, I’m glad the rest of the trip turned well. Also pleased the cute guy bought your book.

    • Thanks. The library selected the workshop topic so I had hoped there would be some interest in the area. Ah well, it is a tough career choice and why so many do the dual career thing. Me too! He totally made my trip better.

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