Publishing from backstage!
book publication party is set for Friday night Nov. 19 at Cloud 9 Restaurant in
Rehoboth - with music by the amazing Viki Dee. Come join us 5:30-8pm....also
Here's a preview of a column about a very frustrating day I had!
I was seriously out of my element all day today. After traveling all over for book signings and readings – having fun in P-Town, New Orleans, Chicago and more, I decided to stick close to home this weekend for Delaware Authors’ Day. The state-sponsored event took place in the Delaware Agricultural Museum across the street from the Dover Nascar track. I should have known better.
I arrived to discover I was to set up in front of the goat breed exhibit. After schlepping my own table, chair, and carton of books I felt like an old goat. As I unpacked my hot-off-the-press new book For Frying Out Loud – Rehoboth Beach Diaries, I noticed I was underdressed. There were people in Civil War garb, folks dressed for a White House dinner and a couple of women still dressed for Halloween.
The man next to
me boasted of having published 30 volumes about Hessian soldiers in the
Revolutionary War, though his plastic spiral bound books seemed to have been
published by Kinkos. I was surrounded by authors peddling badly bound copies of
books with titles like The Last Hope is
Jesus and Sex
with Unicorns – How I Talk to God.
it’s a lesbian press, but in the 70s no printer would touch a lesbian book
with a stick,” I answered. The woman said nothing and actually took a step
back, apparently afraid to catch, as Rachel Maddow says, “the gay.”
One woman flipped through the pages, stopped and said “Oh, I opened to the wrong page. You wrote ‘pray for Obama Care’, I really can’t talk to you, you’re a Commie,” and she fled. One bright spot had a man picking up the book, oohing and ahhing at the photo and then saying ”Wow, that’s a beautiful dog.”
I thought I saw another man making a beeline for my table but it turned out he wanted to read about goat breeds. And I got nervous when the Civil War author began cleaning his sword.
Finally, a lady came by, picked up the book, turned it over and read the entire back of the book and then said “For Frying Out Loud. Is it a cookbook? What do you fry?”
That was my exit cue. And I came back to Rehoboth to discover that while I was sitting on my butt trying to peddle books to Tea Party people, I’d sold 20 books in our independent bookstore. It’s so nice to have a niche to come home to….
Get ready for the Publication Party, April 10
We got a great mention on the brand new Lambda Literary web site in the Book Buzz column....
Deoul is producing a new series, Haven, based on Stephen
King’s short story, “The Colorado Kid,” for the SyFy Network in
Halifax. But she’ll also be flying home to the U.S. to promote her debut
novel, The Carousel, published by A&M Books. For details,
check out A&M’s revamped website.