In Person Promotion
I'm with small publishers and have never had anyone pay to send me on a book tour. In fact, unless I'm invited, I seldom do bookstore events--though I do have a few special ones I like to visit when I have a new book out. Until recently, it's been years since we've had a bookstore anywhere close to us. A used bookstore just opened in Porterville and were nice enough to host me for my book launch for An Axe to Grind. I wrote about it in a previous blog.
I love going to libraries and giving talks. Will be going to the Hanford Library in May, but before that, on April 23rd, I'm participating in a local author event at the Visalia branch of the Tulare County Library, 7 p.m. for anyone who is interested.
Another event I do a lot of is book fairs and craft shows. We put up our EZ-up tent for the Jackass Mail Run in Springville.(See photo of me doing my part in this effort.
We did the same for the Celebration of the Whales in Oxnard. May 8th will find me at the Jane Austen Celebration at the St.Paul Newman Center in Fresno, I'll be there all day long.
I also go to conventions and conferences. We went to New Orleans for the Epicon, and at the end of May we're headed to Omaha and Mayhem in the Midlands, have three panels and an author talk with two others.
In June, we're headed to Las Vegas and probably my favorite conference, PSWA. So far in July, the only thing I've signed up for is an author signing at the Roseville Library. September is the Central Coast Book Festival, October, San Francisco and Bouchercon, November, A Mystery Cruise to Mexico.
I'm sure other stuff will come up as the year progresses, but that's an idea of what I do for in-person promotion.