I’ve now been in the Los Angeles area for a few days and am getting the hang of the book tour thing. It’s been extremely pleasant. Days are spent wandering around hanging out at cafes, with patches of good discussion with hosts, drinking coffee. Evenings are event slots, which are typically two hours or so. The venues have been great. There is nothing like the brick and mortar bookstore. It’s old school. Like vinyl records.
I was nervous about the events themselves, because I’ve not had much experience with the “reading.” I’ve had nothing but lovely supportive audiences. I’m sure that will have to change at some point. Everyone gets heckled eventually, right? However, it’s been a marvelous experience, thus far.
This afternoon, the BDP Press folks are getting together and we’re experimenting with some new promo ideas. Then we’ll be off to the event this evening. Jay Nadeau, editor in chief, also mentioned that there’s a few chapters of audio book complete, so we might be able to listen to some of that, too.
Yesterday, we had a chat with Ramzi Hajj, the founder of Storiad (a website for writers of various types). Chats with lots of different writers, editors, booksellers, and smart people. All conspiring to find the road ahead for writers, books, book marketing and selling. If my mind was abubble about books before I got here, it’s a roiling boil now.
My only sadness is I forgot my camera. So there are no images for me to post. You’ll have to take my word for it all, it’s been rich. Here’s to another full day!