Here’s me at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT with my book. There are 3 signed copies left on sale there. This is pre-whirlwind. I actually felt pretty okay that day.
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. 😉
CT Fiction Fest
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. Still 25 people showed up to learn how to write good love scenes. Woohoo! 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 book launch party.
I didn’t sell any books, but I got to chat with the fabulous 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!
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!
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 a Hart House event page on Facebook where you can chat with me and tell me what you’d like the talk to include too!