If you're a Facebook or Twitter friend, you probably already know why I haven't been posting on my own blog. Such exciting things are happening, I'm getting to the point of needing a full time assistant or a strait jacket. I'm not sure which.
First, I'm getting more and more speaking and books signing engagements. I can't seem to say no to these requests, they are always a lot of fun. I'll be speaking later in July for The Christian Writers of the West, which I'm looking forward to. Here's a link to their site: http://www.christianwritersofthewest.com/
Last week, I spoke at a meeting of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers and had a great time with those gals. They loved the Indie 800 project and are really pushing for location closer to Scottsdale. I can't blame them. There are only two bookstores left in the entire town. One of the writers is a journalist, and she offered to write articles about each of our Charter Members to promote it!
Which brings me to the second thing, the Dog-Eared Pages Indie 800 project. We've received bunches of submissions already. My board and I are diligently researching and reading works by authors to determine if they qualify to join our Indie 800 Club. So far we've approved four members and raised $20,000 toward our goal of $4,000,000. We still have a long way to go, but I can't tell you how excited I am at the caliber of authors applying!
Here's the link if you'd like to know more: http://bit.ly/1IgC0xZ
If you get a chance, check out books by Alan Black, Kris Tualla, and Michele Venne either at Dog-Eared Pages for signed copies or on Amazon. You'll see what I mean.
Third, even though summer is a slow time at the bookstore, there's still plenty to do. Stocking shelves, pricing books, cleaning books, cleaning the store, culling books for the bargain room. Doing the newsletter and all of the social media marketing.
Finally, I've been getting a bit of writing in. I've been invited to contribute a few stories to a Flash Fiction Anthology. Turns out these short little stories are almost as tough to write as a novel! Who knew? Anyway, it's fun and I'm honored to have been included. I'll let you know when it's available.
That's it for now. I've gotta get back to reading submissions for the Indie 800 applications! Yeah, I know; it's a tough job.
Happy 4th of July to you all. Stay safe and have bunches of fun!