After an encouraging discussion with my writing group, my RV book is back on track. I follow the 21 steps to ‘clear my prose’ and do it chapter by chapter. I have 1/3 done and sent that part to my editor friend. Once those revision are complete I will be ready for professional editing.
Tomorrow Barbara and I are off to Wakefield, Quebec for a book signing of ‘Travel Dreams and Nightmares”. This is the first time we do this at a library. Previously we’ve had a table at a book store and one at a book fair but this will be different. We will each have 15 minutes to read which seems a long time. Do I read all of a story (we have 26 in the book – 6 are mine) or do I read only part of a few. This is an hour affair and I wonder what we will talk about for the last half-hour. The more I face the public the more confident I get about selling the book and myself. It is all a learning curve for when I have to do it for the RV book.
Marketing is a pain. What I want to do is stay home and work on ‘The Garage Wife’.I have to add a sub- title (Across Canada in my old RV – A road trip across Canada – RV across Canada). I am at the point where, after I wrote about 1996 when we went from Ottawa to Cape Breton – Gaspe, – i n 1997 we finally leave Ontario, a province with much acreage . My trip started when we left our laneway. Mentally, Charlie’s trip started when we left Ontario. After 3 days on the road his trip has begun. The water backed up twice, we blew a fuse once.
I revise some more.
I have my mojo back.
I learned something about marketing – check out the following.