Fifty two, and counting

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.

Fifty two events.

The thing is, I love a good road trip. I love seeing new places and revisiting places I saw long ago. Years ago I drove around the south and interviewed authors as part of a public radio series. Now, 20 years later, I get to see those places and some of those writers again. And I can't wait to talk with people about the book and the history of this place. Trust me, my wife is tired of hearing my stories. But I've never done anything like this before. I'm arranging to meet friends along the way, and I'll be coming home ever week or two. I hope you'll come out and see me. I've got fun things planned--more on that soon. In the meantime, check out my schedule here. If you are interested in booking me, you can email me or contact Katie Bassel, the publicist working on the book.

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