I love bookstores. Always have, always will. There is nothing more exciting than wandering in, gazing at the colorful books arrayed in the front window and on the tables, looking at posters or photographs of my favorite writers adorning the walls. When my children were young, they became adept at luring me into a bookstore because they knew I could not refuse to buy them a book. Toys, I could turn down; candy, a definite NO. But a book–I’ve always been a sucker for a book.
About two weeks after the release date of my debut novel, AT THE MERCY OF THE QUEEN, I was diagnosed with stage 3 endometrial cancer. Obviously, such a diagnosis cut short a lot of my publicity efforts. However, I was lucky; I was able to conduct my book tour across NC and some of SC, visiting and revisiting some of the most amazing bookstores in the South. On Friday at the SCWW, I’ll be talking about how I organized my tour and how to manage touring with the big chains and the Indies. I’ll also discuss book store etiquette and ways to ensure an audience, even if it’s a small one. As part of the Book Pregnant panel, I’ll also be discussing whether a book tour is even necessary in today’s wild world of publishing.