We have crafted a book tour adventure to follow our sabbatical adventure journey, PULLING UP STAKES: STEPPING INTO FREEDOM. To date Since the book’s publication in April, we have appeared in Los Angeles at two private events, then at READER’S BOOKS (readers.indiebound.com/) in Sonoma, BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ in Santa Cruz (www.bookshopsantacruz.com/), as a presenter at The DIVISION 39 Psychoanalytic Meeting in Santa Fe, at GARCIA STREET BOOKS (garciastreetbooks.com) also in Santa Fe, at another private party in Santa Cruz, private events in NEW YORK CITY, and WASHINGTON DC, at the HARVARD CO-OP BOOKSTORE (www.thecoop.com/) in Cambridge, Mass, then at the VASSAR COLLEGE BOOKSTORE (vassar.bkstore.com/) in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Most recently, we visited Colorado and made “Meet the Author” events at the BOOKWORM,(www.bookwormofedwards.com/) in Edwards Colorado near Vail, and BOULDER BOOKSTORE (www.boulderbookstore.net/) in Boulder, Colorado. We have been having a ball! (You can deduce that from my last blog entry: “How I Hit the Jackpot!”).
It has become clear to me that in this era of the explosion in books on the market brought about by self-publishing, that even those of us who are fortunate enough to have a publisher and a marketing team behind us, book promotion is a big job that falls primarily on the shoulders of the author (and in my case, on my husband Jim Wheeler’s shoulders too!) I’ve told many curious friends that it is clear I’d better not quit my day job. For one thing, it takes typically six months before accurate sales figures come in from the distributor and even longer before any dividend checks roll in. And because the author’s cut from the retail sale of a book is fractional, I’m not counting on anything close to a windfall. So, “What’s It All About, Alfie?”
It’s about having a new adventure! I’m learning social media, beginning to blog, became the screenwriter and “star” in my own three book videos, and a travel planner for setting up the cities and towns Jim and I have friends in and would like to visit, so my publisher can arrange book store appearances. This time, instead of traveling to the “back of beyond” we are traveling all over our own United States. I’ve had to navigate an internal paradigm shift from my phobia and aversion to “sales”, substituting instead the notion of offering something of genuine value to people I may or may not know. And that paradigm shift has been amply rewarded by making the acquaintance of so many interesting readers! This tour has been a ticket to the global village and it has been, in its own right, another pilgrimage.