I guess because most of my life I worked for the same company I never saw the value of networking. Now, suddenly, I'm trying to sell books and it is all in the network. Some of the results: a friend offering to show my next book to her agent, a bookstore in Washington listing my book on the strength of a purchased commercial review, getting networked to Indie bookstores because I publicized my signing at the bookstore in Clinton.
I am excited to announce that I will be signing In Between Goodbyes at the Clinton Book Shop on Saturday June 12, 2010 from 1PM to 3PM.
This is exciting in two ways, the store has just moved down the street from where they used to be into the historic Grandin Library and I love the new store. (If you follow the directions to the store on the site it is to their old store on 36 Main Street so facing that store, turn left and walk down a full block - crossing Leigh St. - and you will find the new store at 12 Main on the same side of the street.)
Additionally, for those of you who are members of the PHS Class of 64, I will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the class scholarship fund.
Clinton is a fun town. Come out for the day. Bring the kids or the grandkids and go to the Museum or the Art Museum and have lunch or dinner in one of the myriad of restaurants.
Strong characters carrying heavy psychological baggage feature in this insider's look at life in New York's theater district. A touch of mystery makes In Between Goodbyes a fascinating contemporary romantic tale. ...In Between Goodbyes will be enjoyed by readers who like a good-hearted heroine, a worthy man who stays true to his love and the smell of greasepaint.
I'm taking a course at Gotham Writers on writing the query letter. Does this sound like I am questioning my decision to self-publish In Between Goodbyes? Yes. I read a lot of agent's blogs. Granted they have a vested interest in writers not self-publishing (do the math yourself) but they all discourage self-publishing. I am looking for a publisher's view of a book that has been self-published. Does a previous self-publish entirely negate a republication by a publisher? Does a previous self-published book make a publisher look askance at a new book that they are being approached to publish? Interesting research.