My local writers' guild met Tuesday, after what seemed like a long time and a lot of cancelled meetings. When we parted ways, we all pledged to write every day for the next two weeks, be it ever so little.
Since February, I've also been part of a writers' accountability group via email. Making monthly goals and knowing I'll have to report back on how well (or poorly!) I met them has been surprisingly effective. It also helps if I make my writing goals specific. (And realistic!)
As I announced last month, tomorrow I'll be manning a table at the local authors' expo at the Livingston County Library, hiding behind a stack of copies of Growing Toward the Sun. My friend Betty Mooney Plymell, author of Dreaming of Missouri, will attend as well. If you're in the area, stop by to say hi. (And to make me feel less awkward!)
I had hoped to have Full Moon, Half a Heart available for the expo, but it's not going to happen. My copy editor did send the final edits, I made revisions and ordered a proof, and several long-suffering people read it for typos. As soon as my cover artist sends me the completed paperback cover, book two will be available for purchase. Of course, I will update you here.
A couple of years ago, my niece and I visited the first local authors' expo at nearby Livingston County Library. Over a dozen authors took part, and I ended up purchasing several children's books that day, including Mary Rose and the Secret Horses by Connie Dow and Not Now, Razzle by Shelly Long.
My niece enjoyed her new books and I loved meeting the various authors. One kind gentleman even donated a copy of his book, North Missouri Mountain Biking, Hiking, and GPS Trail Guide, for my school's library.
Now the library is planning their second local authors' event, and my local writers' guild has been invited to participate.
I'm excited (and terrified!) to announce that I've registered to take my own book (books?) this year. Each author will have a table in the second-floor courtroom where they will have the opportunity to display and sell their books.
(I've never done anything like this. Hopefully a couple of people from my writers' guild will join me, or maybe I'll take a niece or two along for support!)
The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, from 10am to 12 pm at Livingston County Library. It is free and open to the public. See you there!
Tomorrow is a first for me. I'm doing a book signing of Growing Toward the Sun with Betty and Vanessa, two author friends from my local writers' group.
Vanessa is providing the location: her family-friendly pool hall in Gallatin, Missouri. The town of Gallatin is holding their annual Christmas on the Square this weekend, so hopefully town will be buzzing with Christmas cheer.
Vanessa is the author of The Case of the Missing Crown, among other books. Betty's book Dreaming of Missouri follows the lives of her ancestors.
Stop by if you're in the area! (Betty's making cookies. And there's snow in the forecast.)