Next Up on the Promo Agenda

We'll be heading back to the Central Coast on Saturday. This time to participate in the Central Coast Authors and Book Fest next to the San Luis Obispo Mission. I'll have a table with my books. Hopefully there will be many book lovers out and about.

I volunteered to be on a panel. I've given talks and been on panels previous years at this event. I was chosen to be on a panel about the publishing process from start to finish, unfortunately I recently discovered that the venue for the panel was in a library several blocks from the book festival and it was a 45 minute long panel from 11 to 11:45. The thought of having to be coherent after walking uphill in time to get to the panel had me thinking. Before, all the things I'd done were in buildings or outdoors right on the same grounds--easy to get to and I wasn't away from my table for too long a time.

Because I paid to have a table at this event, I began thinking about being away from my books for at least 10 or 15 minutes to reach the place for the panel--and they'd probably want us to be there 15 minutes ahead of time, add that onto the 45 minutes of the panel, talking to people afterwards, and another 10 or 15 minutes getting back to my table would mean I'd be gone for over an hour during prime bookselling time.

After spending money for the spot, for the gasoline to get over there, two nights in a hotel, food it just didn't make good sense to do this no matter the goodwill. So, I've sent in my regrets. I'll be manning my table, but I won't be going off to be on the panel. Sometimes you have to make a decision as to what is best for you--and I did.

Anyone who might be in the San Luis Obispo area, do come by and see me. I'll have copies of my latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Dispel the Mist, with me.



M.M. Gornell said…
Hope our tables will be within waving distance. Looking forward to seeing you, and hopefully lots of folks will come out and buy our books!

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