Monday, September 17, 2012

Needs Must When the Devil Drives not-so-handy-dandy book signing

Remember last June when The G.O.D. Factor came out? And then I gulped down my fear to call Chevalier’s, our local bookstore to see how to have a book signing? And then – WOW! – I actually was able to book a date? And then I ordered the books and there was a little hiccup at the printers and they didn’t arrive until a day or two before the signing was supposed to happen? Remember all that?

Well, this year, I decided I was going to be a good Campfire Girl and be responsible and be prepared. I ordered the books and waited until after they were here for real and in my apartment before I contacted the bookstore to see about a book signing. But as the saying goes, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” The bookstore is booked for book signings (say that three times fast!) through the beginning of the new year. So, I lived on pasta and rice for a few weeks and delayed paying a couple of bills to be prepared for a book signing that isn’t going to happen.

*sigh* Long cry and several “there there’s” and pats on the hand by family later, I decided to make a tequini out of lemons (and sugar or salt – your preference – and tequila, shake with ice and enjoy) and have a VIRTUAL Book Signing!

And then I thought about it and realized doing that would mean applying for a seller’s permit and charging sales tax to people in California. Might do it, but between clients and health demands, as well as some other time sensitive issues in my life, I just don’t have it to figure out how to fill out that form if I’m just going to be selling tiny little novellas out of my apartment. I struggled over it last year for the West Hollywood Book Fair, and sold all of one copy. *shrug*

I’m hoping something turns up where I might end up having an actual book signing somewhere, sometime, because then the bookstore deals with all that. Or maybe I will go do the whole seller’s permit thing after life slows down a little. Or maybe I’ll try sending some of my books to bookstores on consignment. Who knows? Maybe they’ll just sit here gathering dust, a reminder of how far I have NOT gotten in the last five-six years since I’ve been trying to really concentrate on this whole writing/proofreading business thing.

In the meantime, you can already hear me reading a portion of the book here. And you can already order copies of Needs Must When the Devil Drives from here.

And that’s all I know for now. The rest is still being juggled up in the air. We’ll break those eggs – uh – I mean burn that bridge – uh – I mean drop those balls – hmmm – we’ll figure it out later.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Got my box of books for "Needs Must When the Devil Drives: An Apocalyptic Romance" this afternoon. The title is a little different from what I originally saw — it's better! The cover art for this novella is called "Apocalypse" (what else?) and is by Teresa Tunaley. The book is out through Sam's Dot Publishing, a White Cat Publications, LLC, Company. You can find more information here.