Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Book Signing Success

Posted by Picasa Saturday I had the pleasure of signing copies of Koicto at the Barns & Noble in St. George, Utah. I had a lot of fun and there was a steady stream of interested readers. The store manager told me that the event was more successful that most...and I figured that wasn't by accident.

I worked with a PR student to send out news releases a few weeks prior, and the local paper ran an article the morning of the event. In addition, I had my husband and daughter there to help hand out bookmarks and talk about the book. I stood most of the time, handed out bookmarks, and answered questions about the book. A number of people wanted more information, and asked if it was available on the Nook and Kindle (of course it is).

My advice to any author going to a book signing is to ensure you are engaging. Don't sit there and read, waiting for people to come to you. A friendly attitude and a smile will draw people in. Some won't buy the book, and some will. If you give them a token like a bookmark, the ones who don't buy it on the day may come back...or download it to their e-reader.

Sunday, January 15, 2012


My friend and mentor, David Farland, sends out a daily kick, and last week he wrote about pre-writing. This weekend, I started preparing for my next novel, which will be another historical, except this time it will take place at Hadrian's Wall. Anyway, as I researched, I started thinking about how important pre-writing is. Some of the things that I need to do before I start to write are:

  1. Learn about the era. Who was the emperor? Why has my protagonist been sent to the outermost point of the realm?
  2. What actual events can I weave into the story that will give it more substance?
  3. How did they dress?
  4. Transportation - especially for women. Did they have carriages?
  5. How advanced were the local people?
  6. What were the local's disputes?
  7. What were the names of the weapons of the era?
All of this needs to be learned before I can start developing the characters. Full backgrounds need to be worked out for each of the main characters before I can start writing the first word. If I don't know the details of my character's lives before the book starts, then there is absolutely no way I can write a meaningful and gripping story about them.

In my opinion, pre-writing and research is as important as writing the story, and possibly more important than editing.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Chirenjenzie - New Book Bloggers

Check out the new book bloggers on:


Chirenjenzie (pronounced Ky-ren-jen-zee) is a group of writers who met on twitter. This is the place where book enthusiasts can honestly voice our opinions on reviews, the publishing industry, and just about anything else! They're having a book giveaway through January 12th.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Petroglypph - Search for Water

Posted by Picasa The main focus of this petroglyph emphasizes two things. Firstly, the zigzag with the underscore means that they have no water. Secondly the two sheep below it signify that many people are thirsty, or many people are effected. At the Fremont Indian State Park, the ancients suffered a thirty-four year drought. The deeper the etching on the wall, the more they needed to share their story. This petroglyph was deeply etched. The drought took a terrible toll on the Fremont, eventually leading to their abandonment of the site.

Find out more about the Fremont Indians at the Fremont Indian State Park web site: http://www.utah.com/stateparks/fremont.htm