As I continue to do this I’ve become fully aware of the type of author I am. While I may be the snarky guy on social media that makes people laugh with quips and sarcasm, I am not the type of dude to beg people to buy my book. This is why I have a hard to time marketing my books and my works for fear that I may be spamming people.
I was so knee deep in edits for The Book of Isabel that I really did not have time to think about something like a book launch event. Of course there were discussions with a couple of people whether or not I was actually going to do anything. I was heavily leaning toward no because I have insecurities.
It’s easy to forget the difficulty of self publishing when you’re writing. There are two hats that must be worn and while I hear a familiar voice in the background saying, “I thought you knew how to multitask,” I makes me wonder if I can really multitask. I mean, I think I do, well at least I thought I did but here is the thing about starting to market a new book: you start back at zero. No matter how many copies of Hanging Upside Down I’ve sold, I still go back to the beginning with the second book. Which means I have to figure out what works and what doesn’t with this particular novel.
All this to say that I really had no plans on a book launch, or reading, or singing, or whatever you want to call it because the business end is not as much fun for me as I would like it to be. But, I would be a fool to not grab an opportunity when it’s placed in front of me. So when Raquel Penzo said she had a spot for a this event and she would host… shit dog, I took it.
So here we are, July 14th in Brooklyn. I will order some books. I will read from a chapter or two. I will take some questions and it should be good times. The life of an author has a lot of ups and downs. I just have surf the emotions.