Yesterday's visit with Helen Hollick was a rousing success. I am grateful to all my regular readers who welcomed her, and to the new visitors who found "Roundheads and Ramblings" for the first time. I hope you'll come back often. By the way, Beth Caudill was the winner of the random drawing for the free copy of Sea Witch
. Congratulations, Beth.
Helen will be back later in the summer. I've asked her to stop by sometime in August and talk a bit about the experience of doing a blog tour. This method of reaching out to readers without having to do an actual book tour comes highly recommended. Personally, after doing one traditional book tour, I swore I'd never do another. I'm hoping that Helen's venture into the virtual world will prove more rewarding.
My main objection to book tours? The author spends a great deal of time and money traveling from book store to library to coffee shop, never knowing whether the proprietor will have set up a successful get-together or not. Oh, I had some lovely experiences. One library put on a lavish spread of hors d'oeuvres and attracted a large and attentive audience. I sold a goodly number of books and felt like a celebrity.
But the very next day, I found myself sitting in an empty book store -- one whose owner had forgotten I was coming and had done no publicity at all. It was the day before a holiday weekend in a resort town full of visitors and there was a good local tie to the book. But for three solid hours, not one soul entered the store. The single clerk and I made small talk as long as we could manage, and I ended up buying books from her just to make her feel better. I also absorbed the cost of a three-hour drive to get there and an overnight motel stay, along with meals. I felt like a failure, and the glow from the previous day's library visit faded when I looked at the negative balance in my account book.
So, thanks again, for making Helen feel welcome here. i suspect virtual tours are the way to go.
In other news, I've completely lost my mind and signed up for NaNoWriMo Summer Camp! I know I swore off ever doing another writing marathon, but the new book, The Road to Frogmore, is clamoring to get itself down in print. I've been re-thinking, revising, re-reading, and reconsidering the plot line ever since I returned from Beaufort in April. It's so easy to procrastinate by doing just one more bit of research!
Anyway, I've been writing sporadically, and I've made my way through some 20,000 words. But now it's time for the big push. I don't intend to be a complete fanatic about the process this time. I'll get as much done as possible. And if I don't make the 50,000 word goal in July, there will be another camp session in August.
This should be a good work period for me. We have no trips planned. No major holidays interrupt the flow of days. And it's too hot to do anything but stay inside in the AC, anyway. Might as well write! I'll keep you posted on my progress. In the meantime, I'll be back tomorrow with some tidbits for Civil War Friday.