I've been MIA the last little while. A combination of busy as hell at my full-time job (college prof... midterms...yikes) and doing book events (or planning book events) when I can.
Long before I was published, a writer acquaintance said the real work comes after the writing. She meant all the promo stuff and all the effort that entails. I'm not complaining, but I now get what she meant!
The events themselves are usually fun and it's nice to talk to people about my book, about writing and so on. The only bummer is if an event doesn't draw a crowd... but I guess that will happen at times - despite efforts to publicize the reading or whatever it is.
One thing I hadn't really expected is how hard and how easy it is to arrange an event, whether a library or a retail venue. In some cases, it's all arranged in minutes via an email or two. Date, time, place - poof! Done! See you soon. In other cases, it's a series of calls, emails and faxes (who faxes anymore???) and a week or two before things get confirmed (or not). I wish there were a recipe for this!
The one thing I am finding helpful and very supportive is local media, whether print or televised. Community papers seem glad to cover events in their neighbourhoods, and local cable channels are eager to meet with you as well.
All in all, this has been one heck of a learning curve!