Ah yes, vacation. A time to get away from it all and to bask in the sunlight by the beach with a strawberry daiquiri, the cool breeze blowing off the lagoon through the palm trees just enough to make your hammock move gently back and forth in a lazy, hypnotic sway. Not a care in the world.
Yeah, right, maybe for normal people but not for the Indie author.
In two days I will be heading back to Alabama for a full week, and while I do hope to visit a few of my old familiar places and see a lot of old friends, it will mostly be a working vacation.
Monday: Meeting with the librarian at my old high school. She has asked for copies of my books and even mentioned building a display of me and my work for the library. How cool is that?
Tuesday: Off to visit stores in Huntsville, 70 miles from my mom’s home, Chattanooga, 60 miles from my mom’s home, and Gadsden, 45 miles from my mom’s home, to introduce myself and my books. I am already in a few bookstores in these cities, but would love to have more.
Wednesday: Meeting with the Managing Editor of local newspaper. They have already run a story on my upcoming book signing, but this will be a more personable interview.
Thursday: Interview at smaller radio station in town. I love these radio interviews. I have gotten to where I hardly ever say “uh” anymore.
Friday: Interview with large radio station in town. More fun.
Saturday: Book signing. I love this little bookstore in my hometown. In two previous book signings, I have sold 137 copies of my books, and they have sold half that many again in between signings. I have the greatest fans in the world.
Saturday Night: Comedy show. I will be headlining a comedy show featuring three other comics while my wife… you guessed it, will be peddling my books.
That’s a vacation for an Indie author. And if possible, I will try to squeeze in one strawberry daiquiri. Don’t tell the guys at the gym.
Neal Wooten, Publisher/Indie Author/Illustrator/Cartoonist