By the time RED POLKA DOT hits the bookstores, it would have been eight years and one month since I started writing it. As long as that sounds, the time flew by very quickly. Since I first conceived the novel, I joined a fraternity, graduated from college, got a real job, got married, and became a licensed professional engineer. And pretty soon I can add published author to the list!
Before a few months ago, only a handful of people knew about the novel. It’s pretty hard to say, “Hey, I’ve got a novel coming out, but it won’t be published until two years from now.” Most people outside of the book business don’t have a good sense of how long it actually takes to get a book into print. Hell, most people in the book business don’t quite understand it.
Adding complications to my novel’s publication date was the distribution deal my publisher signed with Kensington. By partnering with Kensington, Genesis is able to get more of their books into the bookstores. This is a GREAT thing, but it felt pretty shitty when it was announced to me six months before my original publication date. That being said, it turned out pretty well – I was able to study and pass my professional engineer’s exam last year, and now I have this fall fairly free to focus (damn, that’s a lot of F’s) on marketing.
I planned to send out an email to friends and acquaintances from high school and college in September, but I was inadvertently nudged out of hiding by some of Mrs. V’s sorority members. To make a long story short, word leaked out about the novel, and while the buzz was great, I was kinda blindsided by it. I hadn’t even told my fraternity brothers yet, and her Sorors already knew.
So, approximately 15 minutes ago, I sent out “THE EMAIL.” I mustered up every email address I could find and sent out the first “official” announcement of the novel. I guess I’m officially in marketing mode. I also finally updated the press kit info on the website. I still need to work on the Links and the FAQS pages, but the major stuff with the website is done (I think).
I’ve still got a lot of stuff to do, but I’m going to try to put the novel on the backburner for a week. Mrs. V will be back in town for good on Monday, and being that I haven’t really seen her since Fourth of July weekend, I plan to spend a lot of quality time with her (you can come to your own conclusions on what “quality time” means). Plus, her birthday is coming up this weekend, and I still haven’t gotten her a gift. Anyone have any suggestions? I prefer the “thoughtful, but thrifty” type of gift.
Have a good week, everyone.