My literary agent was in town this weekend, so I had the rare treat of getting to talk to him in a format other than emails dashed off at 11 PM after all the kids finally stop screaming.
He’s thinking, “I hope she doesn’t put this on her blog.”
Over a Tex-Mex brunch he quizzed me about my plans to let people know that my book exists. I pointed to the yeoman work I’ve done complaining about the audiobook recording and trying to get people sitting next to me on airplanes to ask me what I’m reading, yet I got the impression from the look on his face that I’m not getting Client of the Year this time around. (Though since one of his other clients is Austin Kleon, I should have called that a loss on a long time ago).
He suggested that I explore the idea of a book tour. I immediately began choking and sputtering, but when he framed it as “hanging out with people who know you through your blog…with books!” it didn’t sound so bad.
Bonus: If you live far enough away, you get #TWEETSONAPLANE!!! as part of the package!
So that’s what I want to do today: explore the possibility. There are a lot of things that would have to come together on my end and on my publisher’s end to make this happen, so there are no guarantees, but if you think it would make sense for me to come to your city for a book signing, fill out the form below!
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I survived recording the audiobook for my book, and I’m back home in Austin! Or, at least I think I survived. I’m still in a half-delirious state where I half suspect I may have died somewhere around chapter 26, and this is the afterlife.
…In which case, Purgatory is a lot noisier than I thought it would be.
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We recorded the book with a brand new setup, and while the experts were figuring out how to get it done, I jumped in to offer my own expertise (cue Jaws soundtrack). I did some experiments... Read More
One of the turning points in my life was an email I received from Fr. Joseph Langford, MC back in 2009. He was close friends with Mother Teresa, and she worked with him to found her order of priests.
I had the privilege of getting to know Fr. Langford because I was working with him on a website project, and one day when I was feeling particularly overwhelmed, I decided to seek his advice.
I note that this was taken while we were re-organizing the house. (If you interpret that to mean that the living room looks much better at the end of a typical... Read More
It better, because that’s all I got right now. I went to pack for my trip and realized that I have no clothes that are suitable for survival in the frozen tundra, so I’m thinking that maybe I’ll just wear five layers and walk around the Lighthouse office like the Michelin Man.
Anyway. All that is to say: Joe has a blog, so you can read that in lieu of a post from me today. It’s a collection of links to things he finds funny and interesting, and has lots of good stuff.
I’m writing seven posts in seven days this... Read More
When I was talking with my friend Lisa-Jo when she was in Austin recently, I noticed that something seemed to be troubling her. When I asked her what was on her mind, she told me a story.
She said that there is a small community of very poor people in her home community back in South Africa, in an area called Maubane. Many of them are orphaned children. Her family is intimately connected to them — Lisa-Jo and her blog readers played Santa this past Christmas by providing the children with presents, and the rare luxury of a McDonald’s... Read More