What strange energy I experienced this past few days. It felt like I’d been lifted off the ground and was swirling around in a whirlpool, maybe a tornado? I’d been promoting and marketing for my latest book, Corsica Gate, and the energy shifted on Friday when Dr. Sheldon Cooper followed me on twitter. I love Sheldon, from The Big Bang Theory. I know it’s probably only one of 20 minions working for him, but still I see that bright orange bazinga tee-shirt and it makes me smile. It’s nice that Sheldon follows me. 🙂
The day progressed with exercise, marketing, shopping for gifts, and then back home to clean up for happy hour at the Sandbar. Tina Cunard was organizing birthday parties for two of our friends. I checked email, there was one from an author from my writing chapter. She will soon be published with the same publishing house as me, and she wanted to take me to lunch to pick my brain on marketing. Me? What do I know? Hmmm, maybe enough. I said yes. Then an hour later I get another email from another author who had an offer from my publisher and she asked for some advice. It’s nice to share knowledge. 🙂
The next morning I got a call from my daughter. She said I should not drive up and back to L.A. on Sunday but jump in the car and head up to spend a few nights. She wanted help with shopping for household items. I tossed clothes together, ran to the bank, and filled up the car with gas. We walked our legs off with shopping. That night I got an email from the marketing director at The Wild Rose Press. They had two offers from narrators to create an audio version of Unlock the Truth.
That was my first book published with them. I had a decision to make as this would require an extended contract. I was tickled pink…happy Valentine’s day! I figured I’d never self-publish this book once rights were reverted. I can barely understand technology now, and by the time I got the rights back I’d be 70 years old. Ha ha. And it’s the opportunity to market to an entirely different group…so yeah, a no-brainer. It’s nice that they think my story is worthy. 🙂
I listened to both the female and the male narrator’s samples and really liked the man’s voice. I emailed back saying to send the contract, and asked now where is the film option? Ha ha. The next morning I went to the LARA chapter meeting where my pal Lynne Marshall (in green, seated next to Dee J. Adams)gave a fabulous workshop on writing despicable characters. Then I met up with both of the authors who had questions. I talked. I was treated to a lovely lunch, and I talked a lot more. When I got home my daughter was rearing to go again. More shopping. Then she took care of dinner. My son came over and got out my laptop and my video camera and started giving me tutorials and advice about updating my equipment. Even though he was sweet and patient, I kept getting the message that it is no longer 2010. Okay! But hey, I’m old, my brain is fried. Slow down. It’s nice to have kids who care. 🙂
This morning I drove home, and it was a quiet way to end my whirlwind weekend. Two hours of absolute peace. 🙂 But would I change anything? No way. For once I felt like I had something to offer, something to give back, and that I’d taken another of those tiny steps forward in this crazy world of writing for publication.