Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Going on a Road Trip

This is going to be quite an experience. I'm going to Wordstock in Portland OR with my publisher. She's driving, I'm riding along. It will be one long trip--probably too long for this old author. I don't want her going alone.

What's Wordstock? Kind of like the L.A. Times Book Festival except inside. A two day affair all about books. Oak Tree Press is going to have a booth and showcase many of the books put out by its authors, including two of mine. Not sure which two at the moment, as I know covers attract readers--and buyers of books. I will take my latest Rocky Bluff P.D. but not sure which other one.

In the meantime, I'm going to be at the beginning of my blog tour for my Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Spirit Shapes. Which means I'll be trying to find Wi Fi along the way so I can promote the blog I'm on each day and respond to those who comment. I also have to keep track of each person and how many times they comment because I'm running a contest that will be won by the person who comments on the most blogs.
(And to make things more interesting, Spirit Shapes is put out by a different publisher, so I won't be promoting it at Wordstock.)

Several of Oak Tree Press's authors are going to be in attendance, so I won't have to hang around our booth all the time, we won't have enough chairs for that anyway. Maybe I can sneak off and do some writing on the book I should be working on right now.

In terms of helping my writing career, this trip probably won't. I'll have to think of it was a mini vacation, though it won't feel like one.

Will report on it when I return.



BKF Price said...

I read several books at a time, too, fiction and non-fiction (mostly history and theology). My fictional interests run the gamut: Star Trek and other science fiction, fantasy, light romance, political thrillers, and mysteries of all types from cozies to paranormal to noir. I just finished your 'Giving up the Ghost' and enjoyed it tremendously.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

I agree--all trips should be considered as mini vacations and adventures. It will probably provide you with new writing ideas as well!

Morgan Mandel said...

You have a great attitude. It's best not to be realistic and accept certain circumstances and enjoy the experience, instead of worrying about selling books every time. Sometimes we just get too caught up in getting our books sold, and can miss out on some wonderful stuff in the process.

Morgan Mandel

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thanks for the responses. As usual I see some typos I should fix. I've been working like crazy trying to get everything done before I leave. I'll have fun. I enjoy my time with Billie Johnson, the OTP publisher.

Anonymous said...

I have a book on my Palm Pilot, in case I'm stuck somewhere with just my purse. I have a book going my on Kindle, for lunch. I have a bathtub book (usually on that I've paid a quarter for at the Friends of the Library Sale). I have a book going on the couch, for right before bedtime. I have an emergency book in the car. Oh, wait, I have a book going on the phone in case I forget the Palm Pilot. Well, there might be a ten-step program for this, but I don't want to go.

Besides, I'm sure they would have handouts...

Earl Staggs said...

Sounds like a fun trip, Marilyn. Be safe and enjoy yourself.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thanks, Earl. I will have fun, I know.