Currently working on: Racing deadlines
(Have you looked at a calendar lately?!)
Mood: Arriba, arriba!
Congratulations to fellow Silk And Shadows author Sharon Ashwood on the release of SCORCHED tomorrow! Happy almost-Release Day, Sharon!
The writing life might be mostly (okay, by percentages, pretty much only) hours at a computer – just writer and words and weird, echoy voices in your head — but there are a few highlights, and the release of a new book is definitely one of them. It’s been two whole months since my first book came out, and I’m still having tons of fun with it.
For example, I just attended my first book club meeting with the Cheeky Pages Romance Book Club at Powells Books in Beaverton. Kind of scary, since they were readers who’d actually read SEDUCED BY SHADOWS. To ward off any potential scariness in the form of literary criticism, I bribed them with brought two cakes from His Bakery, arguably (and yes, I’m happy to argue this point with you if it means a taste-testing tour) one of the best bakeries in Portland.
(Pictured from left: Raspberry Revel in White and Chocolate Indulgence — Comfortably serves 18 romance-reading ladies with enough left over for XY and breakfast. I can also vouch for their chocolate chip cookies and breads. Yum.)
Earlier this month, I also went to Chicago for a stock book signing tour. Stock signing is a guerrilla book tour where the author hits as many bookstores as she can, signing the books in stock (hence “stock signing”) and putting a cute “Signed by author” sticker on the front. Every copy of SEDUCED BY SHADOWS I could find in every Borders and Barnes & Noble and Anderson’s in the Chicagoland area now has my awkward scrawl plus a bookmark plus a custom @1 temporary tattoo (inside joke from the story).
(Pictured: Jessa Slade, somewhat chilly author who needs another haircut, on the new bridge to the Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing (don’t get me started on the “string of lightbulbs” installation) with Millenium Park in the background.)
If you happen to live in Chicago and manage to find a book that I didn’t tag, I’m sorry. I did a terrible job Googlemapping the tour — hey, it was my first! — and might have missed a store or two. Especially if it was located next to a creepy alley or other potential demon fighting location, since I took a bunch of notes while I was there and might have gotten distracted. Just email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll mail you the bookmark and tattoo plus a signed bookplate.
The best part of finally having a book out is forcing my entire family to read it.
(Pictured above: Entire family reading SEDUCED BY SHADOWS — with certain pages excised for a certain person under 4′ tall. Note the crazy pyramid of books on the tabletop behind us.)
Favorite stories from my first release — so far:
- A co-worker of my dad’s sent him home with her copy for me to sign. She attempted to give him the book in her office and he explained how he really, really wasn’t going to walk across the truckyard with Archer’s bare chest shining in the sun. So the book came to me in plain, brown paper wrapping. Archer as contraband!
- Walking into a random Chicago bookstore to sign stock, finding a random salesperson to let her know I wasn’t defacing their property — honestly – and her saying, “Jessa Slade? I know you!” Really?!
- My grandmother went to dinner at the retirement center the other night to find her fellow nonagenarians gleefully discussing “Page 100.” Yes, my work here is done.
Have you ever attended a book signing or other author event? What was your favorite part? If — purely hypothetically — an author was going to bribe you with bring a cake, what flavor would you prefer and how many slices would ensure a six-star Amazon review?