Sunday, September 02, 2012

This and That

Well, the week ending September 1 was filled with anxiety for me but we have gotten over that. I spent last Sunday at the Mint Hill Art in the Park event and sold one book and 8 bookworms - barely enough to put gas in my car to get home, but it was a sale. One copy of Finally Home sold on kindle last week (sometime between Sunday and Tuesday).

So the anxiety came over how I was going to get to Decatur this weekend with no money, no gas and not much to go on. Since I'm posting this on Sunday, you can see I didn't make it to Decatur. Sybil had to come out of her way to get the two boxes of books I've had in my car since the last event and her mother had to come down from North Carolina to meet up with her so she could go help Sybil out in the booth. I had no choice and I really hated it because Decatur is where I got my start. When State of Wilderness was first published, I fronted the cost of booth and hotel for the most part for Vivian and Jacque to come from Oklahoma to meet up in Decatur for the event. It is a huge event and the crowd is always there and this would have been a 5-year celebration for me. I hope that books start selling soon so I can start doing these very large events again but as it is livig paycheck to paycheck is all I can do right now.

School has started back and Thursday was my second time in class with Mr. Hughes' classes and hopefully this weekend he will get a more definite schedule down for me to be with the students. My preference is that I meet with each class on a different day instead of all of them on the same day since that pretty much takes about 3 or more hours of my work schedule in a pretty tight chunk. More when I get that down from him.

I'm going to start my WWYWWQ column this week, and the first question is spurred from a question from one of the students in Mr. Hughes' class and a posting Faye Tollison did on her blog last week. I'm also hoping to get back on schedule with my blog postings this week. I may only post once a week plus the WWYWWQ posting every Wednesday.

I had a guest blogger this past week, Sandra Parshall, a mystery suspense writer, and only one comment was left. That is sad that she is a pretty well known author and not even her readers came over to leave a comment. I hope you all will stop by and read the interview and leave some comment love for Sandra - she said she is okay with answerig questions about her books, her writing, or pretty much anything else the readers might have - so come on over, she won't bite. Spread the word.

For now, signing off - see you all in the postings - E :)


Karen Elizabeth Brown said...

Since I'm not familiar with WWYWWQ, I can't comment on that, but I do know that marketing is probably harder than writing my books. Somehow, after spending all the time and effort writing and publishing a book, it would be nice to take a breather for a while. But it's an on-going process that requires conintual work. Good luck with your book promos.

elysabeth said...

Karen, WWYWWQ is Wednesday Weekly Young Writers Writing Questions, which I started this past January taking questions from the students I work with virtually and posting the answers on my blog. You can go back to January through May to see what kind of writing questions were posed the second half of the 2011-2012 school year. I figured another way to lend my expertise to the students. E:-)

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi, Elysabeth! I've enjoyed your WWYWWQ posts. The students come up with some interesting questions.

I'm sorry that you didn't get to go to the Decatur event. I know you were looking forward to it.

elysabeth said...

Hey Susanne, I hope to get a bunch of questions from the three classes I'm working with and a few other classes I've worked with in the past so I can start prescheduling as many of them as I can. I have tomorrow's question ready to go but nothing for future weeks. I should send a reminder email to the techers I've worked with so they can start gathing questions. Thanks for stopping by - E :)