It’s my first trip and I’m not liking it much. In fact, I’m going a little crazy.
I wish I could blog about something happy and carefree but I’m harried and nervous and can’t sleep, can’t think of anything but the book and how much more I need to write and how little time I have to do it. I’ve lost all peripheral vision. I can only focus on one little page, nothing else.
I’ve lost track of what’s happening on all my favorite TV shows.
I can’t read anything new. I’ve taken to re-reading old favorite books because I already know what happens and don’t have to focus too much on the story.
And I’m living on TV dinners. That can’t be healthy.
I spend most of my time in sweatpants, a big old work shirt and comfortable shoes. It’s not a good look for me.
So why am I always smiling? 🙂
Since this column was originally posted in February 2009, Kate as gone on to publish over 20 books. You can get a complete list of her novels at Kate Carlisle Bibliography. Four of her newest titles are available below.
At the end of this month Iâ€™ll be attending my first Malice Domestic mystery conference in Arlington, Virginia. Iâ€™ve heard about the Malice conference for years and Iâ€™m very excited to be going with my first book out and available. Thereâ€™s a speed-dating-type event where authors switch from table to table to meet readers, and Iâ€™ll also be sitting on a panel called â€œI Hear Voices.â€ Iâ€™ll see my agent and also meet my editor for the first time so there will be a bit of business going on. And Saturday is the Agatha Awards ceremony so there should be some dressing up. Iâ€™ll be sure to report back on everything that happened!
What are you on the verge of doing? Have you ever been to a mystery conference? Yes? How about sharing some mystery conference tips? 🙂
Meanwhile, I want to jump on Maureen Childâ€™s bandwagon and shout out the news about the very fun new Silhouette Desire blog on eharlequin.com. Iâ€™m the newest author in the group and so far, weâ€™re having a blast! Come by and comment if you have a minute. We’re giving away prizes every day this month!
Kate Carlisle is the author of Homicide in Hardcover, the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association’s No. 1 paperback bestseller for February 2009.
Iâ€™m so worried about the economy!! Because, you know, who will buy my book if nobody has any money??? And Iâ€™m really nervous about all the bookstores closing! And what about Christmas? Should I spend any money?? How can I find the right present for my smart nephew? Iâ€™m not that smart!! And what about my mom? Sheâ€™s such a pain in theâ€”
AHEM! We interrupt this angsty blog â€¦
and those economic woes â€¦
and all those scary headlines â€¦
and the deadline frenzy â€¦
and the annoying hangover left over from the boring office party you were forced to attend â€¦
and the soul-sucking insanity of scouring the earth for every last good place to promote your book â€¦
and the perfectly reasonable fear of never selling another book, never, ever again in your entire life â€¦
and the head-scratching confusion of finding the perfect gift for that way-too-intelligent fourteen-year-old on your list â€¦
and the irrational need to spend more, more, more, just in case itâ€™s not enough, because let’s face it, it will never be enough â€¦
and the absolute knowledge that time will run out at the precise moment you remember something essential you forgot to buy â€¦
We interrupt all that stuff â€¦
… in order to take a deep breath … and wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a delightful Kwanzaa, and a wonderful New Year!
And may 2009 bring you all the joy and happiness and health and book sales and promotional opportunities you can handleâ€”and a soupcon more!
Write? Promote? Write? Promote?
Iâ€™m writing Book Two, but what should I do about Book One? Itâ€™s a quandary every writer faces, but I think I know the answer to this one â€¦
Sell, baby, sell!
Yup, thatâ€™s me. Kate the Promoter.
Okay, yes, Iâ€™m a little obsessed with promotion right now, but it happens to everyone, right? I’m determined to sell every book printed in order to trigger a second and third printing. Is that so wrong? I just wish I knew how many books my publisher is printing. Then I could really obsess.
But I donâ€™t know how many theyâ€™re printing and they wonâ€™t tell me, so Iâ€™m forced to play with imaginary numbers on the calculator. I carry my calculator around with me, just in case I get the urge to figure out something.
Thatâ€™s not weird, is it? No, itâ€™s fun. Obsession can be fun. Really. And then thereâ€™s bookmarks. I really want bookmarks. Iâ€™ve got postcards, but bookmarks can go anywhere. And Iâ€™ll need pens. And magnets.
I obsess over my calendar daily. When my book comes out, Iâ€™ll need to fill my calendar with lots of speaking engagements. Iâ€™ll need to schedule readings, and maybe go on a book tour and meet booksellers and lots of readers. I need to do a blog tour, and contests, and Iâ€™ve got to get lots of reviews, do radio interviews, go to every conference in the country.
My protagonist is female, so Iâ€™m hoping to speak to a lot of womenâ€™s groups. There are women at Rotary meetings, right? And lawyersâ€™ groups, legal secretary organizations, nursesâ€™ associations, librarians, teachers.
Oh, and my protagonist stops for coffee in chapter seven. I wonder if barristas have speakers at their meetings. Thereâ€™s a connection I could exploit. I wonder if they have a mailing list.
Maybe I need to take a nap.