One of the fun things about being an author — at least for me — is spending time with small groups to talk about the writing/publishing process. Sure, I usually sprinkle in something about myself and certainly share the journey to my three published books.
I am most comfortable with small, intimate groups — five to 10 people — in a living room, but I’ve addressed bigger audiences at libraries and cafes. I like the smaller venues, though, because I feel a closer connection with the guests. I can interact with them more, answer probing questions they want to ask rather than inquiries I think they want answered. Typically, I’ll wrap up the Q & A session with book signings for anyone interested.
That actually was my 2020 plan as I criss-crossed the country visiting family and friends. And we all know what happened to 2020 plans.
Thankfully, we do have expanded technological opportunities to connect with others — even if it is mostly virtual, me safely sequestered at one location and you joining in at your own home. And so, during this second half of the year, that’s the new plan — A Virtual Evening with the Author (Me). I’ve tentatively scheduled the first for Friday night, July 31, at 7 p.m. EST. I’m still figuring out the medium — I’m not sure yet whether it will be Facebook Live, Skype, YouTube, Zoom, or some other media, but I will give you all ample notice. If you have a preference, let me know.
I am planning to follow the same “live” format — a short overview about the process, an introduction of my three books, Heaven Shining Through, My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through, and Wisdom From a Father … one dad’s thoughts on life — and ample Q & A time. If anyone is interested, I will wrap up the night signing books. I have an ample supply, but, just to make sure, if anyone is interested in purchasing a signed book, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 10.
I’m hoping to stay busy over the next few months. I will drop two new books — Wisdom From a Father, Volume 2 … one dad’s thoughts on life in October and a Christmas book, Yes, There Is a Santa … And I’ve Met Him Personally Many Times in November. Now that travel restrictions are somewhat lifted, I will be scheduling small group, library, and book store events. If anyone is interested, please let me know at email@example.com so I can get you on the schedule. I am not opposed to road trips, although they do need to be planned.
I hope to meet you all in person or virtually. I am always looking for your input.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night. — Zig Ziglar