Almost every year I take my son back to Maryland shortly after his June 7th birthday so he can have another birthday celebration with his dad's side of the family. Since my books usually come out at the end of May I try to set up book signings and events in the area while I'm there. This year my son made an additional request. He wanted to know if after seeing his family we might be able to go to New York and see the city. I've been to New York several times in the last five years, usually to meet with my publisher or go to BEA (Book Expo America) and various other work related events. I never have very much free time during those trips so I rarely bring my son. In fact I believe the last time I brought him to New York he was four years old. He's turning eleven in June and of course his memory of that last trip is fuzzy at best. So I'm taking the child to the big city and to all the museums he's been reading about online and to the giant Toys R Us in Times Square so he can see the twenty ft. tall animatronic T-Rex and to central park and so on and so forth. I'm also considering doing some kind of book event in the area for my May release, Vows, Vendettas & A Little Black Dress. I'm actually a little insecure about that last part. I've been told by publicist after publicist that New York is a notoriously difficult market and I don't doubt it. So many authors live there and people have a gazillion choices in regards to how to spend their time. In other words a book signing event by a small author is hardly a big attraction. Of course I could do an event slightly outside the city OR I could do something much less formal, like pick a bar, lounge or coffee shop and invite readers to join me there (with books for me to sign if you choose) and we could all just hang out and chat. The latter actually could be fun although it's somewhat unconventional and not knowing New York that well I might have a hard time choosing a location that would be appropriate.
But it will be much easier for me to figure out what to do and where to do it if I hear from you. If you live in the Maryland or the DC area or if you live in or around New York city and are interested in attending an event or if you have a book group that you'd like me to speak at let me know by emailing me through my website or Facebook. I already have one event that I'm in the process of setting up in Virginia so if you live in that area and would like to meet me you too should email me so I can see about setting up an additional event there. I'm actually doing all this at the last minute so the sooner I hear from you the more likely it'll be that I'll be able to set something up.
I love writing but one of the problems with being an author is that it can be rather isolating. It's just me and my computer and occasionally the voice of my editor over the phone. It's not very often that I get to connect with readers face-to-face and I hope that this June I'll get a chance to meet you...at least those of you who live on the East Coast.
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