What to do...
This is my second experience of having a release week, and there aren't too many differences. Lots of fretting, hoping new reviews and/or publicity comes in, and hoping the reader response is positive. I had my very first live radio interview(s) on Tuesday, and aside from thinking don't curse don't curse can I get fined for saying 'damn' I thought they went well. And to all my new fans in Des Moines...what's up y'all???
Last night my parents hosted a launch party, and I hope to post some pictures later. It turned out the bookseller was the nephew of an author, Michael Wallis, whose book was instrumental in my research for THE GUILTY. That's gotta be a good omen, right?
And yesterday was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had as an author. I walked into my local b&n to buy a fantasy baseball magazine (my draft is approaching), and of course went to the new paperback section to see if the stack of copies of THE GUILTY had been depleted since my last visit. I approached to find a random guy perusing the racks. He picked up the new James Patterson, read the back cover, then put it down. Then he picked up my book. I was less than three feet away from this guy, silently willing him to go to the cash register...go to the cash register. He read the back cover, turned it over a few times, then, sadly, he put the book back on the shelf.
I go get my magazine, and as I'm waiting on line I look behind me to see, who else, the same guy from before. He's holding a book. I look closer, and it's a freaking copy of THE GUILTY. After I paid, I waited by the exit just to watch the guy pay for the book. He did, and thankfully I wasn't arrested. I've seen people pick up my book in stores before, but never witnessed someone actually buy it who wasn't related to me.
Now I know what Nora Roberts feels like twenty times per minute.