I thought I was experienced at the book tour after book number one. But I was surprised to find that everything was different the second time around. (Does this fit the book theme today? You’ll excuse me as a wing it and just pick out particular words like “surprise” and “book.” I'm doing a Sophie Littlefield (Anthony Award nominee ) today...
I decided to be less ambitious (and more sane) the second time and do less traveling. I still had three major trips planned (DC, New York and North Carolina), and each trip I tried to pack as many activities in as possible. As this appears, I am through with my trips to DC and New York, and embarking on a trip to North Carolina. So far everything has been fun, but exhausting. Perhaps I needed to put in more “relaxing” time or time to sleep on the tour. I'll make a note of it for book number three.
Here’s the bad news: your friends just aren’t as excited once you’re a “veteran.” They all came out for the first book, and cheered you on and bought your book. But not as many show up for the second. You may still feel like a newbie, but as far as they’re concerned your career is established.
Now here’s the good news: you actually have a few fans the second time around. Fans, you ask? Yes, fans. At BEA, I had several people tell me that they enjoyed the first book and were looking forward to the second one. Whoa. I never get tired of hearing that.
On book tour number one, no one knew me so I spent a lot of time saying what my book/series was about and who I was exactly. This time I have had complete strangers show up at my signings, people who came because they think, since you’ve now published two books and were nominated for an award, that you might be someone they want to check out. Wow.
So far so good. And now I leave on the “Unarmed and Dangerous” portion of my tour. The exciting part is that I’m traveling with three other writers–Donna Andrews, Elaine Viets and Rosemary Harris– who have way more readers and fans then I can dream of at this point. And they are three of the funniest women I know in the mystery community (present company excepted, of course). So I'm going to be laughing for four days straight.
Here's our schedule:
Today at 2:00 PM Mcintyre's, Fearrington Village, NC
4:00 Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC
7:00 The Regulator, Durham, NC
Sunday - 2:00 The Halle Center, Apex, NC
Monday - 2:00 Jamestown Library, Jamestown, NC;
7:00 Page-Walker Hotel (Cary Library)
Tuesday - 4:00 The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC
7:30 Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh, NC
And there’s one guarantee from this leg of the tour – I will return home legitimately exhausted. But hopefully there will be lots of good surprises, and I will still be laughing.