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Last Sunday was an excellent experience at Appletree Books at the Cedar Fairmount Summer Festival. Jane Kessler and staff were graciously wonderful and I met 2 other first-time authors with great first-time novels: Patricia Averbach (Painting Bridges) and Abby Vandiver (In the Beginning). And, of course, I was there with Branches. We talked to a lot of interesting people, sold and signed a few books and managed to have some meaningful exchanges with each other.
We all took different paths to publish our novels: Pat went the traditional route with a small publishing house. Abby took the bull by the horns and started her own publishing company and I self-published with Amazon’s CreateSpace. But we find ourselves pretty much at the same place trying to accomplish the same thing: trying to do self-promotion with varying degrees of knowledge and support.
Naturally, I recommend Branches to you if you haven’t already been fortunate enough to read it but I also recommend Painting Bridges and In the Beginning. I haven’t had a chance to read from beginning to end but a quick scan of each has been very rewarding. I look forward to spending some quality time with each.
Lots of good things are happening in addition to promoting Branches including finishing the editing of Lake Effect and having my great niece, Sydney, design the cover for it. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. But I’m not complaining…
BRANCHES got a big surprise today (so I guess that means I did, too!). Got an email from the Case Western Book Store (a division of Barnes & Noble) saying they saw the Daily’s 5 Questions article and they were going to carry a copy of my book. Already had it on order. Was there a flash of light in your peripheral vision about 3:47 p.m. EDT? Nah, that was just my smile.
I shared this on my Timeline when it first posted on December 9, 2012 but I think it’s well worth re-sharing since self-publishing and its difficult step-child, self-marketing, is fully in our midst with the Cedar Rapids Iowa Dynamic Trio (Lennox Randon, Rob Cline and fellow writer Tom Green) AND the Lakewood Ohio Lone Crusader (MOI) all trying to take advantage of this powerful tool. I encourage all of our FB friends and family to support us with lots of LIKES, Purchases and Reviews to help give our precious creations the attention they deserve. It all starts with YOU and then the rest of the world will sit up and take notice.
And it’s a WIN-WIN for you because you’re going to read some of the best words ever keyboarded into a word processing program and then transformed somewhat miraculously into iBook. Kindle and Nook formats and then to that most beautiful of concepts–a Printed Paperback Book! I can truly appreciate this because I wrote my first novel on a typewriter before white-out and self-correcting tape. When I got my first PC in 1987, I knew God loved me! (and Bruce Harris)
I sincerely thank you for all the support you’ve given thus far and thank you in advance for all the support you may give in the future by buying and reading our novels and helping us spread the word.