Lights! Action! Camera!

I think I’m ready. No, let me re-phrase that. I’m about as ready as I am going to be for the book launch of Heaven Shining Through.

Details at the venue have been secured. Scripts by my lead-in and myself have been written and rehearsed. Now, all we need is people.

The launch and book signing has been set for Sunday, April 29, noon-2 p.m. (EST), at The Mill Cafe in Dover-Foxcroft, ME. And, in addition to the in-person presence, I’ll be trying another first …  a Facebook Live feed. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

The launch also kicks off a crazy couple of weeks with a half dozen book presentations and signings in Maine and New York. I’m still trying to arrange at least one book signing in New Jersey. I have been open to promoting the book at book clubs or organizations as practical. And I will be participating in a Maine Author Day — that has such a sweet sound — in Guilford, ME, in August.

This whole process has been mind boggling! Getting through the writing, editing and publishing has been a snap. Preparing for the launch and I guess you could call it a book tour has been torture. The stress has been worse, because as many of you know, I am not the most organized person in the world. Add in the unknowns — how many will attend, how will the book be received, will the live feed work, etc. — and I have been second- third- and fourth-guessing my launch decision. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see and let the Spirit move in His mysterious ways.

Although there haven’t been many reviews {partly because there aren’t that many review copies out there}, thus far the scrutiny has been favorable. I’m hoping once the book actually reaches readers, interest will bounce.

But the waiting … oh my! Someone asked me the other day how the launch plans were coming. I told them I couldn’t wait until it’s over … but time has been dragging. There are days when you look back and wonder where the hours went. And there is this season where I look up and say, is that all it is? It’s only Wednesday?  A very busy Tuesday seemed like 48 hours long, and even now I feel like it should be later in the day.

All that being said, I am savoring every moment. I’m hoping the book touches someone positively.

If you’re in the Dover-Foxcroft area at noon Sunday, feel free to stop in and say hello. After the presentation, I’ll be hanging around for questions, fellowship and book signing. If you’re not, follow me on Facebook. I’ll be at the Thompson Free Library, Dover-Foxcroft, May 2, 2 p.m. And if you’re in Seneca County, NY, I’ll see you there — Ford Library, Ovid, May 3, 7 p.m.; Waterloo Library May 7, 6 p.m.; Interlaken Public Library May 8, 7 p.m.; Seneca Falls Library May 11, 6 p.m.; and Garnsey Delavan Library, Lodi, May 12, 1 p.m.

In case anyone is wondering what the book is about, it’s a fiction novella. Samantha is dreading her return home. Throughout her life, she had a rocky relationship with her mother — and now her mother is all she has left. Through a nostalgic look back at her life in the greater Paterson, NJ, area, Samantha recognizes the presence of God in an ordinary life. She learns more about herself as a wife and mother who has had her share of sorrow and blessing. As her faith increases, she is to see her mother through new eyes, leading to reconciliation … and is reminded of that every time she sees Heaven Shining Through.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Good books make for a great life. Read all you can and then some.

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7 Responses to Lights! Action! Camera!

  1. Dude, some advice. I’ve been through this.

    Bring a friend. You’ll need to use the dunny at some point.

    Stay on your feet, and make eye contact. It’s tough and tiring, but it’ll pay dividends.

    Don’t get monopolized by one person. I guarantee that someone will try.

    Bring water and breath mints. Dehydration comes quick when you’re talking, and will bring on a heck of a headache. And breath mints…enough said. Everyone needs them.

    My prayers are with you, Joe. I have learned enough about you through following your blog to realize that you will bring God’s Grace to anyone who reads your words.

    Rock on.

  2. Joe, congratulations on your coming book release! That is so exciting! If I lived in your part of the country, it would be fun to come and support you. 🙂 Since I don’t, I’ll pray for God’s hand to guide you and to bring people to your launch. I hope it goes well!

  3. Kate Walter says:

    I know a lot of authors and I’m one myself. You are the first person who ever said that writing and editing was a snap. Everyone I know labored for years to write, get feedback, rewrite, and find a publisher.

    • Compared to the anticipation of the launch and reception, the work done previously pales. 🙂

      • Kate Walter says:

        The book party and book tour are the fun part, the reward. I put a lot of time, energy, and money into my book launch but I think it is fun to read. Of course there is no guarantee how many people will show up. I had one reading with three people in the book store audience. Others were filled. Good luck.

      • Thanks. I guess we’ll find out soon!

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