However, seasoned writers know that simply writing "The End" is far from the end.
Once the book is published, the all-important job of promoting it is what takes up much of an author's time. While most writers (I, for one) would like to jump right in to writing the next book, the truth is that it's important to strike while the iron is hot and start promoting the newly-published book and, by extension, any previous work that has been published.
So far, I've scheduled four events in the near future to promote my latest Black Horse Campground mystery, "At the Crossroad". Here they are, in order:
Sunday, February 28--Official launch party at Noisy Water Winery at 2342 Sudderth Drive in mid-town Ruidoso, New Mexico, home of Jo Mamma's White table wine. The party is from 2-4 p.m. and there will be special discounts and a drawing during the event.
Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13--Tucson Festival of Books at the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson. Oak Tree Press will have a booth for both days and some of our authors (including yours truly) and our publisher will be on hand to sell books and talk to book buyers. If you love books, this is an event to attend!
Saturday, March 19--Alamogordo Public Library in Alamogordo, New Mexico will be celebrating their birthday and I will be on hand to give a book talk and sign copies of my Black Horse Campground series. Details will be available as the event date gets closer
Sunday, May 1--Treasure House Books and Gifts in Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico will be celebrating Founder's Day weekend by hosting several authors (all New Mexican) at the bookstore. I will be there from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday. This is a great time to visit Albuquerque as it is the same weekend as the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, in which over 500 tribes from all over the United States and Canada, gather to participate in competitions of singing, dancing, and other categories including the Miss Indian World pageant. Even without all the other exciting things going on in the city, Treasure House and Old Town are reason enough to visit!
Other events will be announced as they are lined up. I hope some of you will get a chance to visit me at some of them. Thanks for your support!
And then it's back to the writing!