Some of you probably didn't even know I was gone.
But I was, on and off, for the last month. My publisher, Zondervan, an imprint of Harper Collins, sent me and two other YA Zondervan authors on a four-city book tour. This was pretty cool since book tours are rare these days because of the ease of online marketing.
The tour was called the Warmer Days, Darker Nights book tour and consisted of me, Bill Myers, and Heather Burch. Zondervan created a website for the tour where we could blog about our experiences. It's still up at: http://warmerdaysdarkernights.com/
One of the first things that happened was a conference call between the publicists and the authors. They told us how the tour would work, who would meet us at the airports, and what hotels we would be staying at. They were trying to book media coverage and asked us to be flexible in fitting in last-minute interview opportunities. I did one radio interview in the church van in San Diego. I had to step out from the homeless shelter we were serving breakfast at. By the time I was in the van in the parking garage, thankfully I had one bar!
|Go Teen Writer Gillian came to say hi!|
Everything was on Zondervan, so I didn't have to worry about paying for my food or travel. We spent a lot of time in the rent-a-car, traveling from the airport to the hotel to the bookstores to restaurants and back. Most of the stores had posters up in the windows or front doors. One Lifeway Christian Store sent postcards to their customers. I still have one. *grin*
The best parts were talking with my readers. I had several people come and visit me. I had fun meeting new readers or gabbing with Bill and Heather's readers. I had fun talking to the bookstore managers and employees and learning what it's like for them to work with publishers, authors, and readers. It was an amazing experience and I learned so much.
|Me, the Lorax, Heather, and Bill.|