Report on My Celebration of Murder in the Worst Degree

Unfortunately for me, the Porterville Fair and our church picnic won out and my event was poorly attended.

That's the bad news.

The good news is those of us who were there had a great time.

Son and his wife came along to help bring everything inside the Art Gallery and helped set up.

My friend, Karen, who traveled from the coast the day before, arrived before we did. She helped arrange the refreshments. The woman who was the hostess in the gallery was very helpful in many ways.

Her daughter and granddaughter who were visiting, also from the coast, along with Karen, were my audience.

I talked about how the Rocky Bluff P.D. series got published, first as an ebook, then a less than ethical publisher( though the books turned out great), picked up by another publisher who did two in the series and then decided the publishing life was not for her, and now Oak Tree Press who has reprinted all of the books.

I also explained how I kept track of the characters and the mistakes I've made. My ending was how much fun I have writing about these people who seem real to me now.

Because the woman I didn't know before that day was interested in writing a book, I gave her a mini-lesson on writing.

And I sold three books--as many I've sold at times with a much larger audience.

In some ways, you could say this was not a successful event, but those who came enjoyed it. My friend, who is also a mystery writer, said she learned some things she hadn't known before. I was pleased to meet the other woman from the coast and may see her again at some events I have coming up near her. 

I had a great time visiting with Karen the night before and at the event.

So yes, it was a success as far as I'm concerned.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith


M.M. Gornell said…
I'm with you, Marilyn, enjoying the time in the end is the main thing. Selling books is great, but it's not everything. Sounds like a great event to me!

Madeline, I always have a good time with readers and writers.

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