The Book Tour Diaries, The Drive

By: on October 13, 2005 | # | Comments (8)

On the drive, about an hour out from Memphis...
When I called my friend Hugh to tell him what I saw, he said with no surprise, "Welcome to the South, Hon!"

Read on to see who was driving the truck!!! It gets better....

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The Book Tour Diaries, Milwaukee

By: on October 12, 2005 | # | Comments (2)

Dear So and So,
I can't tear myself away from this lovely town. I'm sitting in a booth at Comet on Farwell Street. Jennifer, the event coordinator at Harry Schwartz Books recommended it. They provide "slow food" and drinks. I picked a part some bacon cakes and am about to order a plate of home made chocolate chip cookies, baked to order, a la mode.

Where's that apple now, Mike? :-)

So I bet you are wondering how the event went at my favorite bookstore in my favorite town. Well, it was definitely the biggest event in the Midwest. Eight people came to Harry Schwartz on Downer, nine if you include Stacie, an employee at a different HS, and ten if you count Jennifer who stayed to listen.

The other attendees were Sandy, Paul Ann, Jenin, Patricia, Kelly, Rose, Rosemary, and Tony. I sat with them, most of us on one side of the room, and read some stories. Stacie is a big Laurie Notaro fan, so instead of closing with that one, I started with it. It was really a great crowd and the women that came were there because they saw the event blurb in the paper. This surprised Jennifer because usually there are regulars that come to most events, but this brought in some fresh faces. Again, the low attendance has nothing to do with the efforts of the store. Harry Schwartz books promotes their authors and events like no other bookstore I've ever experienced. Nancy Quinn kicks some major bootay. I was on a radio show, blurbed in the newspaper, on their website, in their front windows, and just check out the front door, wouldja?

The women in the audience were far more traveled than myself and discussed the current state of travel in Cairo. Of course I had to read Christine Michaud's story after that, and it got great laughs. I also read an excerpt of Tamara Sheward's story.

Jennifer insisted that it has nothing to do with the book, either, because the Leo Trio sells well and I signed more than thirty books for them to keep and spread out at their other stores. I believe them because once I called the store during the off (event) season and the staff member that answered the phone recognized me by name and told me how many copies of Sand sold that weekend without even looking at his computer.

Stacie really did her homework when she introduced me. She's a big fan of the books, had taken Larry's travel writing class in France, and surprised me with a prop direct from Larry himself.

It's clear to me that there's more that I can do to help increase attendance (and sales) for my favorite indie bookstores. I just have to get my own TV show, that's all. With a broader fan base, all good numbers will fall into place. I'll ask my manager to get on that. Check. Check one, two….

PS. The only thing for an author to do after a week in the Midwest with a grand total of 16 attendees

The Book Tour Diaries, Chicago

By: on October 11, 2005 | # | Comments (0)
Chicago is great. Period. I've been to Chicago the most of any other city in the U.S. (and the world,...

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The Book Tour Diaries, Madison

By: on October 10, 2005 | # | Comments (0)
Dear So and So, I am always pleased to find happy women running women's bookstores that seem to be alive...

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The Book Tour Diaries, Dude, Pimp My Ride

By: on October 8, 2005 | # | Comments (0)
If only the West Coast Customs boyz had been here. But they weren't, so I did the best I could....

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The Book Tour Diaries, Indiana University

By: on October 8, 2005 | # | Comments (0)
Since Big Hat Books in Indiana was a bust, I decided to grab the grass and the roots and make...

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The Book Tour Diaries, Indiana

By: on October 7, 2005 | # | Comments (0)
Thursday, October 6, 2005 Dear So and So, There are two things I've learned since I started doing book tours:...

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The Book Tour Diaries, Joseph-Beth

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The picture on the left is the table set up at "Girls Night Out" with Joseph-Beth in Cincinatti, OH....

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UPDATE: The event at Big Hat Books will not happen tomorrow night. When I called and asked what time they...

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The Book Tour Diaries, Ohio

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Dear So and So, Thank you for Carlos at Bank of America for lifting the 7-day hold on my tour...

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Left Coast Writers Party for The Thong Also Rises

By: on September 22, 2005 | # | Comments (1)
You've heard me mention how great the Left Coast Writers are before, but there's nothing like coming out with a...

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The Book Tour Starts TODAY!

By: on September 21, 2005 | # | Comments (0)
I'm still in shock that things events are beginning TODAY. Woohooo!! If you're in the Bay Area tonight, come on...

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FREE Travel Writing Class in Chicago

By: on September 19, 2005 | # | Comments (2)
Hey everybody, Just wanted to let you know it's time to get your butt down to The Savvy Traveller in...

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Show Me Your Thong! (Contest)

By: on September 13, 2005 | # | Comments (2)
Everybody's been asking me....what's your Thong contest going to be?! Yes, if you're new to the scene we had the...

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The Thong Also Rises is Here!

By: on September 12, 2005 | # | Comments (2)
Get ready to crack up! Pun, enthusiastically intended. That's right, the third book in the Travelers' Tales women's humor series...

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