Looking Back over 2011 from under my Author's Hat

I'm only going to relate what I did as an author, though the drama of a family as big as mine might be more interesting--but I wouldn't have room to write it all down.

I had a new blog every day whether it was a book review, guest author, or something I wrote. I also wrote something new the first and third Tuesday's of the month for Make Mine Mystery, The Stiletto Gang, and an occasional post on the Oak Tree Press blog.

When I was free, I attended the San Joaquin chapter of Sisters in Crime.

My first appearance of the year was in February at the Exeter Museum where I spoke to the Tulare County Historical Society.  I also gave a presentation to the Writers of Kern in Bakersfield.

In March, I headed to Ridgecrest and spoke to the Ridgecrest Writers group. I also had the book launch for Angel Lost at Books Off Main in Porterville. I did a month long blog tour for Angel Lost too.

In April, I had a booth at the Jackass Mail Run in Springville and I was on a panel with members of SincLA at the Burbank Library. I also spoke to college students at Mount San Antonio college.

In May, I gave a presentation out at West Hills College in Lemoore. We headed out to Las Vegas where I spoke to the Las Vegas chapter of Sisters in Crime at Barnes and Noble. I sold book at a booth at Visalia's Young at Heart Days and participated in a mystery panel at the Cedar Clinton Library in Fresno.

In June, Hubby and I boarded my daughter's mobile home and headed to Sedona AZ where I gave a talk at the library and another at the Well Red Coyote Bookstore. (And also had a lot of fun.) This month I was also on an 11 day, 11 author blog tour. At the end of the month, I gave a talk to the writers group at Willow Bridge Bookstore in Oakhurst.

July found us back in Las Vegas, this time for the Public Safety Writers Conference--my favorite conference of all.

We joined several other writers and some crafts person at the Nipomo Library in August. Killer Nashville in TN was our next big trip. We had fun and I spent time with my OTP publisher and say many writing friends.

In September, I was a presenter for the Central Coast Writers Conference in San Luis Obispo. That was great fun. I also had a table at the Central Coast Book Fair. My next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Bears With Us made its appearance.

In October I had the book launch for Bears with Us at Books Off Main. We spent two days selling books at the Springville Apple Festival. I also had another month long blog tour.

In November, we went on a week long mystery cruise to Mexico. The last week in November and the first week in December, I participated in an 11 day blog tour with 11 authors, a bit frantic but also fun. We also helped celebrate Sisters in Crime's 25th birthday with the Central Coast Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

December I spent two days at a Christmas Boutique at the Porterville Art Gallery with my books and that was it for this year.

And that was what I did to promote my books. It will be interesting to see what opportunities 2012 brings.

Happy New Year!



Monti said…
Makes me a little breathless to read your year as a writer in review!

Happy New Year!

Mary Montague Sikes
I say this any time someone mentions your name. You are my role model. I am proud of all you've accomplished, and prouder still to call you a friend.
Monti, it was done one day at a time.
And Happy New Year to you too.

Bonnie, you've done more than I have, but I'm glad you feel that way. Hope to spend a little time with you at LCC.

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