The interesting thing about a book coming out is that it's just like a baby (not that I would know, but I hear tell). They come out when they come out - there's nothing you can do about it.
So ready or not, I'm on tour for THE UNSEEN.
In a happy synchronicity, on Tuesday night Lee Child was at my favorite bookstore in Raleigh, Quail Ridge Books and Music, signing GONE TOMORROW.
Since I never get to see Lee speak at conventions because I'm always too busy doing - that thing that we all do at conventions - this was actually the first time I've heard him speak (as opposed to flirt or quip). It was very inspiring - I now understand a LOT more about series characters, which I will blog about for Screenwriting Tricks when I have more time to think about it, and I also learned volumes about the business. No, that's not what I mean. I learned volumes about CAREER - which is a different thing entirely.
Always, always go hear your favorite authors speak. You will always hear exactly what you need to know at the time, it's like magic.
So that was a great jump start for my own tour experience, and yesterday I drove to Richmond and did bookstore drop-ins (great, enthusiastic response, there, and very easy to navigate - I'll definitely be coming back. The day was gorgeous, there are millions of wildflowers, this ethereally glowing lavender and yellow daisies and blood-red poppies, just lovely. Between the bookstores It was SO RELAXING to be on the road and not in front of a computer. I didn't even hit any Beltway traffic. I sang along to the radio to warm up for our Slush Pile Band performance at the Stokers next week, and when got closer to D.C., I alternated between listening to NPR and this ultra-conservative radio show, which was hilarious. Things are definitely better in the country when I can actually laugh at these guys, as opposed to, you know, screaming.
Spent the night in Vienna, a gorgeous little enclave, and spent time catching up with great friends, and I'm driving up to BEA with my friend Natasha today.
I love the road trip thing. I could do it for weeks. Oh, right - I AM doing it for weeks. Well, good thing I love it.
This whole love affair with the road started early for me, and I blogged about it on Kaye Barley's Meanderings and Muses today: Lessons from the Back Seat.
I also blog about the less peaceful - okay, insane - aspects of a book launch on Jungle Red on Saturday and Sunday.
I'll try to blog on BEA, but we'll see how it goes!
Friday, 8:02 am
I'm heading off to the Javits Center for BEA.
Today I'll be signing at the Horror Writers Association booth from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, giving away THE HARROWING and THE PRICE. (I'll be there again Sunday from 11:00 am to noon with THE UNSEEN).
Then I'll be at the Mystery Writers of America booth from 3:15-4:15, Booth #3828
signing THE UNSEEN.
As usual I packed completely wrongly. It is rainy and cold.