Archive for July, 2009

Hartford Courant contact

July 21, 2009

I received a phone call today from a reporter with The Hartford Courant who will be interviewing me for a feature story in the Courant’s Sunday Arts & Entertainment section.  However, since my signing is Saturday, which will be one day prior to the feature story, they needed to reschedule to coincide with my next book signing.  I will have my sights on my hometown of Glastonbury, CT for this next event. In the meantime, I will have a book signing on Saturday, July 25th at The Book Rack in Vernon CT.

Authors must promote their own books too

July 13, 2009

I ran my zip code through a system which locates small bookstores,  and found a couple within 10 miles from my house. The first one in Hartford, CT was a cafe with bookshelves in a very seedy area. The next one was The Book Rack in Vernon next to a very busy deli at a strip mall. I walked in and asked the woman sitting behind an office desk at the entrance if she was the owner. She said that she was and we exchanged greetings. I showed her my book, “Strapped Into An American Dream” and told her that I was with a small publisher and had to do much of the leg work. I asked her if she would be interested in either purchasing the book at a discounted rate or perhaps working out some consignment deal. I received my answer immediately. She only deals with Used Books.  Some of The Book Rack’s do carry some new, but this owner wants nothing to do with new books, and her customers come in to buy Used books. After a 10 or 15 minute discussion on this topic, she offered a booksigning at her store.  SOLD.  This was a successful day.  I told myself when I began the day of searching that I wanted one positive thing to happen. This was it. The booksigning will be at The Book Rack in Vernon, CT on Saturday, July 25th from 10 AM to 2 PM.  This will be my second book signing, and there should be a lot more traffic than the first.  This is what Authors have to do in order to promote their books.  It’s no longer a world where Authors only write books.

Small Publisher means small Marketing Budget

July 7, 2009

A small publisher is great when you want your first book published.  They allow certain titles onto the presses that otherwise wouldn’t see the light of Doubleday.  Now that you’re in, and you’re published, much of the burden is placed on the author when it comes to editing and marketing.  Now that my marketing has hit a wall, and the small publisher has done all it will do, it’s all up to me to carry the flame.  In order to keep the title moving, I hired a PR person that the publisher connected me with.  It’s several hundred dollars, but I cannot allow my dream to perish.  It’s only a few months into the campaign, and I have done all that I can do as far as marketing,  with minimal success, so I didn’t have much of a choice.  Let’s see what they can do with their connections.  I will sleep on it and dream of a Marketing Budget.

A tornado hit my town – Wethersfield, CT

July 2, 2009

A tornado hit my town of Wethersfield, CT during Friday afternoon rush hour on  June 26th, 2009.  It’s always been my fear, but never a reality. I was in Glastonbury stop and shop with my 9 year old son when it hit.  Loud thunder cracked above the roof, which then was inundated with hail.  Lighting blasted the ground and the rain and hail got bigger and faster.  Customers ran to the front of the store to look outside as the windspeed dramatically increased. I kept grabbing my son and backing up, aware of what can accompany hail.  The tornado was just a town away at the time…my town.  We lost power for 2 days.  Six houses were condemned.  Two houses about a mile away from my own were sliced in half by enoumous trees.  The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado, and a Federal Disaster team was brought in.  Four days later,  a severe thunderstorm included black skies and fast moving clouds.  The winds bursted out of nowhere as the rain slammed the ground and the trees swayed.  Not again.  I eyed the closets and tried to figure what room would be best in my one story ranch.  No room would be best.  I had no basement.  I only had fear that another tornado was consuming me as four-day-old thoughts of the first one reeked havok on my mind.  The tornado tally is still at one, but the other night I was a little gun shy.

 

National Weather Service Report On Wethersfield Tornado

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>> Wethersfield Tornado Pictures

By HILDA MUNOZ

The Hartford Courant June 29 2009

The tornado that tore through Wethersfield Friday afternoon lasted three minutes and traveled 1.7 miles, according to a report released Sunday by the National Weather Service.

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Michael Jackson lived and died in a big way

July 2, 2009

There really is nothing out of the ordinary surrounding Michael Jackson’s death.  His life was epic, and most people will not come close to what he accomplished in his life by the age of ten.  Even from that young age, his accomplishments grew in epic proportions.  Now is the moment that nobody expected.  Michael Jackson has died. The world is shocked.  This is big.  This is shocking.  This is so very much in line with the way he lived.  He could never leave us slowly at a very old age.  That would not be Michael Jackson.  He left us in the same fashion as he joined us, and as he coexisted with us.  Everything about him was large, and everything about him IS large.  I was watching a movie the other night and a Jackson 5 song came on.  I was instantly shot back to the seventies and the memories kicked in.  He is still affecting people and he always will.