Showing posts with label Book Tour. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Book Tour. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Broken But Not Dead, book tour highlights, pt 3

Do you know anyone who likes speaking in public and standing in front of a crowd? The morning of the day I'm expected to, I'm generally sick to my stomach. I've tried all the tricks, but honestly, it's still public speaking. What if I sound like my mouth's full of marbles, or worse, like a field mouse caught in an eagle's talon?

Day three of my book tour I attended an informal gathering at Kelowna Public Library to do a reading and signing for Broken but not Dead. I ignored the butterflies in my stomach, stayed positive, and guess what? I had a great time. Lesley and Fern were wonderful. Not to mention Judi and Ryan. Thanks everyone. Wish all my readings could be that easy.

Lesley Dieno, Executor Director, Fern Teleglow, Librarian

Lesley asked me some intelligent questions, and Fern, who had just finished reading my book, couldn't stop raving about it. I felt like a visiting bestselling author. I even read excerpts of my novel without spitting on anyone. Bonus.

Day four, Canada Day,  I returned to Penticton for a book signing at Hooked On Books. It's a lovely independent bookstore in the centre of the city, not far from my publishers. The store's owner, Judy Zubriski set me set up in a cozy area at the front, where I was able to greet customers as they entered. Thank you, Judy, for making it a wonderful day.

Hooked on Books owner, Judy Zubriski
Theytus publisher Sarah Dickie stopped by for a visit.

Theytus Publisher Sarah Dickie
Sarah's a lovely, bright and generous lady. If, before meeting her, I was scared about placing my book in the hands of strangers, upon meeting her that feeling disappeared instantly. Sarah's confidence in my ability has already gone a long way in stengthing my resolve. I feel like I belong to a terrific team of smart women: Sarah, Ann, Kailene, and Leanne, way to go ladies.

Lucky for me, Sarah has marketing marvel Ann Doyon in her corner. Ann, if you ever decide to give up the publishing business, I think you'd be an instant success as a standup comedian. Girl, I haven't laughed that hard in months. Thanks for all the hard work you did to make my book tour a success. And thanks for making me laugh until my sides ached; I needed that.

On a personal note, I met up with my older brother's sister-in-law, who I  hadn't seen 28 years. It was great seeing you, Dianne.

Day Five I was the featured author at Mosaic Books in Kelowna. Because of the Canada Day long weekend festivities, the streets were packed with people. I even ran into a friend from Prince George, situated 700 km north. Small world. Thank you for your gracious hospitality, ladies.

Day Six I headed to Vernon, BC, the last day on my tour, for a book signing at Bookland books. Katie had a comfy spot waiting for me with a table for signing and chairs for readers to sit and visit. I met the nicest people, which isn't surprising. There's something very special about readers. Thanks, Katie and staff, for making it an awesome day.

Taking photographs of your book signings is meant more of a "thank-you" to those who hosted the events than for blog readers. It's a way of saying "I appreciate everything you did to make my stay comfortable and pleasant." Yes, book signings aren't easy for some of us. If you're an introvert, as I am, then approaching strangers and recommending they buy your book is downright painful. It definitely takes me out of my comfort zone. 

The thing I try to remember is while I'm certainly not going to cure cancer and end world hunger, I have written a good book. I start by handing out bookmarks and offering free wrapped candies. I start the conversation by suggesting, "You can never have enough bookmarks." Most everyone agrees. Then I tell them I'm today's visiting author from Cluculz Lake. That generally starts a whole slew of questions, beginning with: "Cluculz Lake? Where the heck is Cluculz Lake?"

If you're about to embark on your first book tour, I hope you've gained some confidence by reading this blog. Selling yourself and your book isn't easy, but it's not rocket science either. Know that people are people. Or better yet, readers love and appreciate good books. Remember you're there because your book is good. Don't be afraid to admit it.

--happy touring,

Book Tour pt 1
Book Tour pt 2

Monday, July 11, 2011

Broken But Not Dead, book tour highlights, pt 2

Day two of my book tour was met by wet, cold weather. If you've visited the Okanagan, you'll realize immediately how unusual that is. Generally it's 30C+ at this time of year. I don't function well in hot weather, so I was (bite my tongue) grateful for the lower temperatures.

If you haven't already heard the story, my stop at Overwaitea Foods (my first book signing) might seem strange. It's a huge BC grocery chain with a book section down one aisle. I owe a lot to Overwaitea, now called Save-On Foods, and couldn't imagine a tour without them.

Joylene and Lorna

Two and a half years ago, my bestfriend's (Judi's) beautiful daughter, Andrea, took a book in and suggested to her boss that she'd enjoy the read. A few days later, I got a phone call asking for more books because they'd like to stock their shelves. When I admitted I had no more books, she suggested I contact Nancy Wise at Sandhill Books.

Lorna, Joylene, Nancy
Nancy read Dead Witness, sent me a contract, and said to call Hignell Printers in Manitoba; she also recommended I query Theytus. The rest is history. It's also why I always include Overwaitea Foods in my book tours. FYI, Overwaitea got its name because the shipment of their tea was overweight.

Don and Noreen Sawyer, good friends from Prince George, who relocated to Kelowna a few years ago, came by again for a visit and some books. Yes, God bless them! They were at my last book signing at the same store in 2009.


2011 - cute as ever, eh?
I know a lot of you are worried that you'll never find a publisher for your book. Maybe self-publishing isn't a feasible option or something that feels right for you.

Why some find success early while the rest of us work for twenty-seven years, is anybody's guess. I do know that if Keith Pyeatt  hadn't mentioned Lulu, I wouldn't have thought to print a few copies of my book for family and friends. Andrea wouldn't have taken one into her boss. And I wouldn't have known to call Nancy or Hignell.

Providence? Serendipity? Stubbornness? Maybe a little of each. But please know that if this can happen for me, it can definitely happen for you. Keep writing, revising, and learning, and I promise dreams can come true.

-- happy book tour.

ps. part 3 will be up in a few days. Meanwhile, tomorrow I'm a guest on Penny Ehrenkranz's blog. Hope you can stop by.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Broken But Not Dead, book tour highlights, pt 1

I'd like to share my recent book tour with you for two reasons. One, because I want those of you who haven't had one -- yet -- to know what they can be like. And two, because if you have done one, I hope we can compare notes after I've finished the installments.

I spent ten days prior to leaving setting up dates at ever venue available. That meant a lot of phone conversations with some very nice people; although having it on the July long weekend made things more difficult.

After I was packed and the house was semi-clean, I left at 9:30 on Sunday June 26th and drove straight through to Kelowna. Eight and a half hours later, within blocks of my destination, I got lost. I ended up driving over the bridge toward Westbank, spotted the circle, then headed back. I understand now why the locals call it a stupid circle.

The next morning, friends, who used to live in Cluculz Lake, picked me up for breakfast. I hadn't seen Val and Bob for some time, so we had a lot to catch up on. Coming from quiet Cluculz Lake, my first question was how did they cope in the big city of Kelowna? They sold their condo and moved to Keremeos.

I should have taken their photograph. I guess I was more tired than I realized.

I snuck this from Val's facebook

After lunch Carol Garvin and her dear husband Bob stopped by. They'd driven from their son's home in Armstrong just to meet me. Their granddaughter was graduating the next day, so they drove back afterward. Almost three years ago, I'd found the link to Carol's blog on the BC Federation members webpage and have been an active follower ever since. Carol is a lovely, wise, gentle woman. Meeting you, Carol was a honour.

I snuck this photo off Facebook too. I know, I'm bad. But aren't they adorable!

If you haven't checked out Carol's blog, you're missing something. Her photos and her writing are extraordinary. Read a few of her blogs entries, and you'll understand exactly what I mean. Carol is a  gifted writer.

Me & Carol

The next morning, June 28th, my best friend since high school, (10 years ago... okay 45!) Judi Broadhurst Geib took the day off work from Interior Health and went with me to meet my publisher. Lucky for me, Judi lives only an hour away. If asked, she'll tell you her job is to follow me around like a puppy dog, but the truth is, I couldn't do this without her. And frankly, I refuse to.

Have you seen the poster of Lucy and Ethel that reads: Friends Forever..? At the bottom it says: Because you know all my secrets! Haha, that's me and Judi.

While I sat and signed some copies of Broken but not Dead for my publisher, Judi snapped several pictures. 
"Smile, smile!" she ordered. Did I mention she's also bossy?

I know I made light of it at the moment, but holding my novel for the first time made me very happy.

After I was finished signing copies, Ann Doyon took shots of me signing, sitting, standing in the great room at En'owkin, standing in front of the foliage outside. Yes, I felt like a cross between a visiting aunt and a celebrity. Celebrity aunt?  I'd waited a long time for someone to tell me I was a good enough writer to publish. That kind of acknowledgment is hard to beat. 

On our way back to Kelowna, we stopped at Hooked on Books to drop off a poster for my signing in two days. As we were walking out, Judi spotted my books on the top shelf. If you look closely at the photo below, you'll see a copy of Dead Witness (tree) on the left and Broken but not Dead (red binding) on the right. That stunned expression on my face is me trying to digest what's happening. Talk about surreal. It was Judi's who made me pose for a picture. Told you she was bossy.

...Remember the time you went to your aunt's and she made you sit through a two-hour slide-show? That's it for today, folks. Part two should be up in a few days.

--Happy Book Touring

Sunday, June 26, 2011


I'm off to the Okanagan. If you're in the area, please stop by at one of the events before. I'd love to see you.

June 28 - Theytus, En'owkin Centre, holding Broken for first time. 

June 30 - Overwaitea, Orchard Plaza, 2 PM to 4 PM, book signing.
              - Kelowna Public Library, 7 PM to 9 PM, book reading and signing.

July 1st - Hook On Books, Penticton, beginning at 11 AM, signing.

July 2nd - Mosaic Books, Kelowna, 1 PM - 4 PM, signing.

July 3rd - Bookland, Vernon, 11 AM - 1 PM, signing.

Happy Reading, everyone!

ps. If you want to connect, email me at cluculzwriter at yahoo dot ca.