Posts Tagged ‘Miami International Book Fair’

What Am I Waiting For?

July 16, 2012


“The Mailbox” © R.L. Herron

I took this picture of a rural mailbox some time ago. I’ve used it before, but it seemed somehow appropriate to use it again today. Why? Because I’ve just been sitting around, waiting, as if there were something coming in the mail I didn’t want to miss.

This morning I couldn’t have told you what it was I might be waiting for. Not even if you held a hot poker to my face and threatened to brand me. I honest-to-God didn’t know what it could be.

I thought perhaps it was that elusive noun called “inspiration” I was trying to find, now that the nine-to-five routine is behind me and I’ve taken to writing full time. But that wasn’t it. My mind is full of stories.

I published my debut novel last March, and completed two different short story collections in May. I tell everyone I’m working on my next novel, but my normal writing routine of a thousand words a day is woefully behind schedule.

For the past two months I’ve been trying to figure out how to get some positive marketing out for those first books. How to drive traffic to this blog or to my web site, Broken Glass. Despite being in advertising and marketing for all those years, it’s hard work.

On the plus side, my novel, “Reichold Street” is one of the finalists for the 2012 Readers Favorite Award and I’ll be heading to the Miami International Book Fair for the ceremony this fall.

I’d much rather be writing, not that it’s easier. It isn’t. It’s damn hard work. It’s just more fulfilling. Not writing feels like giving up. And, as I rediscovered talking to one of my blog followers today, it’s something I promised not to do.

So, I’m headed back to the keyboard for a while to catch up with the number of words I should have cranked out by now. Thanks again for the reminder, Pop.

I’m Still an Indie Author

July 2, 2012

Miami International Book Fair
Miami International Book Fair

Did you know the Miami International Book Fair is one of the largest book events in the country?

The first Miami Book Fair International, founded by Miami Dade College and community partners, took place in 1984.

Since then it has been recognized as the nation’s finest literary festival. In 2001, the Fair became part of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College, a cultural and academic initiative that promotes the advancement and appreciation of literature throughout the year.

I didn’t know any of this yesterday. I discovered it about ten hours after discovering that my debut novel, Reichold Street, is a finalist in the 2012 Readers Favorite Awards.

It’s in the young adult genre, and the award ceremony honoring Readers Favorite Award finalists will be held during the Book Fair event next November.

I have to admit, I find it pretty heady stuff. Top five. Wow!

It isn’t clear that this will help sell any copies of the book, but I figure what the heck. What can it hurt?

At the very least I’ll get to bump elbows with other aspiring authors at the Award Ceremony, held on Saturday November 17, 2012, the second day of the street fair, at the Regency Hotel Miami.

I might even get a chance to pass out a few rack cards promoting all my books, including Tinker and Zebulon.

Even if nothing happens with my books, the weather should be nice and my grandkids aren’t that far away. You’ll get nothing but smiles from me about that.

 


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