This Promotion Gig

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As I update my blog today, I’m in between two radio interviews. One was at 5:30…AM! BEFORE COFFEE. Which meant I woke up every few hours to make sure I hadn’t overslept. And I had very, very weird dreams. Like my entire extended family was in the kitchen with me during the interview…just staring at me.

Finally, at 5:15 AM, I got up, started the coffee pot… and looked through my notes to make sure my brain and mouth were synchronized.

It was for a live commuter radio show in Missouri…and I really enjoyed it! The two hosts were genuinely interested in the takeaway value of the Amish life.

One thing I’m finding with these radio interviews, no matter how well you prepare, the host has his/her own ideas of what he/she likes to talk about. Usually, it’s something you’re completely unprepared for. Talk about trying to be fast on your feet! And remember…I’m a writer! I like to edit myself!

No such luck with live radio. Alas.

In about thirty minutes will be the next interview, so I’m letting the puppy try to get out all of her energy so she won’t get hurt feelings when she’s popped back in her crate.

Promoting books is half the life of a published author. It takes quite a bit of energy…especially when you’re not “smoooooooth” at it. Like me. I have a friend who is a remarkable author–he had a blockbuster best seller! But he disliked promotion so much that he gave up the writing side and is now an editor at a large publishing house.

I’m finding that I do like this promotion gig, though I don’t sleep well before events, and I never feel as if I hit any speaking event out of the ball park. But I respect that an author is partnering with the publisher. Book promotion is a skill set we writers need.

And when your publisher does something like mine did for me this week…well, I’d be willing to take a speaking engagement on the moon! (Even though I’m horribly claustrophic and would be worried about how we going to get this flying tin can back to earth for 99.9% of the trip to outer space.)

Drum roll…please…

I found out on Monday that The Choice, my first novel with Revell, has been chosen as a Main Selection for Crossings.

That…is…a…WOW.