Today was one of the best days I’ve had since I started book signings almost 18 months ago. It was the second of a three-day book signing at the Ft. Irwin Dust Bowl Shoppette. What made it so enjoyable was three of the soldiers that I had serious discussions with.
The first told me that he’s in the process of reading my novel. When I asked him if I’d sold it to him during a past rotation, he told me his grandfather bought my book on-line from Amazon.com (he doesn’t know how he stumbled onto it), but when he grandfather gave it to him he highly recommended he read it.
The second soldier told me he is a “Unionist” and enjoys reading other points of view. He was one of the few supporters of the North that I’ve been able to have a calm serious discussion. He accepted the fact that I wasn’t “taking” sides, that I’m just telling a story.
The third soldier is interested in writing an auto-biographical/fiction novel. We discussed different aspects of getting published and what he needs to do to get started. He seemed to like the idea of splurging his ideas on paper until he gets to the end. Then he’s going to let it get cold before he revises it. After he has that done, he’s going to find a Writer’s Club and join a critique group. It’ll be interesting to see if he stays in touch and how he progresses.
Tomorrow’s the last day for this book signing. I’m looking forward to who I might meet. One amazing thing I’ve learned as I’ve conducted my book signings the past 18 months is that never assume someone will or will not be interested in something. I’ve had 80 year-old women who’ve gotten excited over my book, young, “frilly” women who you would think would only be interested in romance novels, and the list goes on and on.
Last weekend I finished my review of the audio CD of “Comes The Southern Revolution and I expect it to be released before Christmas. Last night I finished my review of “Comes The Retribution.” The next step is to finish reading it out loud (I’m 2/3 of the way through that) and then I send it to my editor. I’m now hoping to release it in the first half of 2014.
That’s all the updates for now. I’ll post an update about December book signings early next week.