I've completed the first leg of my book tour. How'd it go? Mixed. The good news is, I learned what NOT to do on a book tour. The bad news is, there's no do-overs.
My first stop was in Ann Arbor, MI and Aunt Agatha's Bookstore. That was fun! This is me and my friend/editor, Laurie Walker, who helped shape both Rules of the Lake and Ashes to Water. My hosts, Robin and Jamie Agnew were very gracious, and I owe them a lot for taking a chance on a first time novelist. Thank you.
I shared the venue with Julie Kramer, author of Stalking Susan, who deserves special thanks for putting up with me and my made-to-order crowd. Ann Arbor is up the road from Ypsilanti, where I went to graduate school, so some dear friends got on the phone and asked EMU alumni to stop by and say hello. The house was packed (SRO!), and it was wonderful to look out and see people I hadn't seen in a long time, some in over thirty years. Some friends traveled for hours to get there. Afterward, we went to the Corner Brewery where I ran into even more old friends and had a wonderful reunion. What a great evening. I'll never forget it. Thank you, Dennis, Laurie, Ray, Wendy, Chris, Pat, and to all who came and wished me well.
Boswell Books. Daniel Golden and my good friend, Tracy Aszkotsky gathered an impressive house of readers and writers for the Saturday afternoon event. I'm grateful and indebted to both of them.
Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA.
SocialMediU, and taught me how to use social media as a promotional tool. She's also a great shoulder to cry on, as I did recently when I was ready to throw in the keyboard. Thanks, you guys, for helping me out.
Helvetica Inn, and it is perfect. Get this: Lynda bought 30 books from my publisher, threw a party to show off her B&B, and gave signed copies of Ashes to Water to her friends and clients as a gift. Some left a donation, which was kind but not required, and everybody benefited from her unbelievable generosity, especially me. So when next you're in New Glarus, WI, (a sweet little Swiss town) stay at the Helvetica Inn, which is on a quiet side street right in town. People who support writers deserve our patronage. And friends like Lynda (you know who you are) deserve my undying gratitude.