Great weekend visiting my son and family in St. Louis. Went to a Cardinals baseball game Friday night and even though they lost, got to sit in a suite. Heavenly way to watch a baseball game and seeing the arch in the background gave me goosebumps. Saturday spent the day with the grandkids biking and playing Uno and Battleship while my son and his wife were off to the Harley Rally. We ate at Sonic (my first time) and my food was gross, although the kids were happy with theirs. Sunday was Pirate Fest with face painting, archery, snakes, birds and vegetarian sausage (pickles). Gorgeous weather and great company…can’t wait to go back.
|Debut author Michael DeFazio, me and Sue Meyer|
And what’s one of my trips without running into an author? Turns out that my son’s neighbor works with a new author, Michael DeFazio . They stopped by with brownies, toffee and chips and dip and we talked all things publishing (along with a few Margaritas). Mike wrote the book with his brother, Paul, and got the idea for the thriller while visiting the Dominican Republic. Look for it in Wednesday blog.
From Walt Mussell: I don’t know what I expected when I went to the Decatur Book Festival over Labor Day weekend. I had wanted to go the previous two years, but my wife and kids had wanted to go to the beach instead (not that the beach is a bad thing). However, realizing that we were staying home this year, I knew what my destination would be.
The Decatur Book Festival, now in its fourth year, has grown into the largest independent book festival in the U.S., This year’s three-day event featured roughly 150 authors from across the country as well as internationally, signing books and presenting workshops. The keynote speaker was Sir Harold Evans, the former president and publisher of Random House as well as the editor of The Sunday Times in London. There was live music, cooking demonstrations, wine, and a kid’s parade among other activities.
However, what was fun was the books. Lots of them. Venue after venue after venue of nothing but books of all genres. I loved visiting the tables and perusing all the volumes. I loved watching others do the same (even when it turned out to be a book-loving co-worker who now knows I’m a hopeful writer when I’m not at work). And, as I helped man a booth Saturday morning for Georgia Romance Writers, I loved watching people come up to the booth and fawn over the authors that were there.
According to reports, the three-day event drew between 75,000 – 80,000 people, approximately 15% more than last year. The organizers already have plans for expansion for next year’s festival on Labor Day weekend. I can’t wait.
From Kathryn Tumen, Publicity | Berkley/NAL | Penguin Group: On the heels of the publication of #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan’s latest Carpathian novel Dark Slayer comes a new episode of “Project Paranormal,” featuring an in-depth look at Feehan and her work. The episode includes a behind-the-scenes interview with Christine Feehan discussing her books as well as a chat with her editor Cindy Hwang detailing how she went from being a fan to Christine’s editor. Paranormal fans will also meet Seanan McGuire, debut author of Rosemary and Rue, the first in an all new urban fantasy series that puts a fresh spin on fairies.
From Aaron at the Hastings Group: BARNES & NOBLE PROMOTES MAGAZINES USING RECYCLED PAPER NATIONWIDE. Over 240 Barnes & Noble Stores Promote Magazines on Special In-Store Racks. Barnes & Noble stores nationwide are partnering this month with Green America’s Better Paper Project and Next Steps Marketing to promote magazines using recycled paper on special magazine racks in over 240 of their largest stores.
The total of ten magazines participating in this month’s promotion include: Tricycle, Mother Jones, Natural Home, Make, Miller-McCune, Mothering, VegNews, Grit, Stanford Social Innovation Review and The American Prospect. This is the second year of the partnership. Since inception, 46 magazines have taken part in the promotions at Barnes & Noble.
As for me…I’m off to Las Vegas on Wednesday for Killer Con. It’s the first year for this convention of horror writers and I’m looking forward to getting in on the ground floor.
From Susan Hanniford Crowley: Pierre Roustan is celebrating the publication of his urban fantasy/horror/thriller THE CAIN LETTERS by giving away a poster to one lucky winner on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 on the Nights of Passion blog.
From Michelle Renaud, Harlequin Teen: In addition to our exciting two-book launch of Harlequin Teen, we are also running a sweepstakes where one luck winner will win $10,000.00. The Intertwined Sweepstakes coincides with the release of INTERTWINED by New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter.
Entrants into the Intertwined Sweepstakes must register at www.intertwinedthebook.com to be entered into the draw. Daily instant prizes, including copies of Intertwined, My Soul to Take by New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent, Elphame’s Choice by New York Times bestselling author P.C. Cast and HarlequinTEEN T-shirts, may also be won by playing the Intertwined memory game.
The Intertwined Sweepstakes opened on August 21, 2009, and users may enter daily through November 16, 2009, for chances to win!
Bottom Line: I picked up three WW readers on my St. Louis trip. Very successful indeed.