It might be a record. It's certainly a contender.
I have fifty two events scheduled on my book tour. Book festivals. Book stores. Fancy hotel lectures. Book clubs. Conferences. Fifty two. And still counting.
I have it on good authority that Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain tour had 67 events. That count comes in retrospect, though. That book kept selling and selling and selling, so the requests kept coming, and he went out again and again after the initial tour.
I've got 52 scheduled already, and the book is still two months from release. (I'm coming for you, Charles!)
It takes a lot of work to put a book event together, and I'm grateful that so many venues are willing to host me.
It takes so many things for a book to get people to notice a book. Press coverage, timing, word-of-mouth, reviews--so many of these things are beyond an author's control. One thing an author can do? Get out and meet folks who want to hear about the book.
Hence, the video. I'm not throwing away my shot.
First off, I'm backdating this post. I'm writing this as I get ready to launch my Author website, but the date of the article is May of last year, so I took the liberty of dating the post as such.
It's unusual for a writer to get a full story in a major paper when she or he gets a contract for their first novel, but I wheedled my way into the pages of the AJC. I remember laughing a lot with Bo Emerson when we talked, and I appreciate that he didn't make me sound like too much of an idiot. It's not hard for reporter to make you sound stupid, but oftentimes, it's hard for one to make you sound smart.
Anyway, here's a great write up about the process of getting this thing done in the May 11, 2016 AJC.