Photo by Ricardo Esquivel from Pexels We are so lucky to have an assortment of independent bookstores in the San Francisco Bay Area. They support so many communities and local authors, including me! My book is now available in the following bookstores: Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda, CA - 925-254-7606 Pegasus Books, three locations: … Continue reading Supporting Our Independent Bookstores
I'm so grateful for the independent bookstores, and all bookstores, since so many of them have been disappearing over recent years. I love the way walking into a bookstore is a feast for my senses. My eyes widen at the kaleidoscope of colors on the covers and spines of the books stacked on tables and … Continue reading Book Signing Event – Railroad Book Depot
My Boots Above Machu Picchu, Peru Merriam-Webster defines wanderlust as a “strong longing for or impulse toward wandering.” This is more commonly known as a strong desire to travel. When I was younger I loved moving to other states. First Colorado, then California, Washington, and back to California. There was something so exciting about starting … Continue reading The Wanderlust Gene
I was a bit anxious. I wasn't sure if anyone would show up, or if I would remember what I was planning to say, or if people would laugh in the right places. My fears turned out to be unfounded, because I had a great turnout for my book launch party at Orinda Books, people … Continue reading Successful Book Launch!
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta I thought this photo I took of the balloons flying into the air at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta was appropriate for my book launch post. I saw all of the work that was involved with getting the balloons to stand upright on the ground, let alone float into the sky. It's a … Continue reading Book Launch Day!
The Green Monster I really enjoyed reading Kim Dinan's memoir, The Yellow Envelope, especially because, before she began her traveling adventures, she seemed to experience many of the same feelings I had before before I set off in The Green Monster for mine. Although Kim's journey took her to far-away continents and in a rickshaw … Continue reading My First Blurb
Have you ever felt fed up with running the hamster wheel and just wanted to escape, maybe hit the road for a while? I did. At the age of 45 I wasn't ready for retirement, but I was tired of commuting to my dead-end job in the expensive and crowded San Francisco Bay Area. I … Continue reading Escaping the Hamster Wheel
My book won't be released until May 4th and is only available for pre-order, so imagine my surprise when I went to my book page on Amazon and saw this: My book was #1 New Release in Literary Travel. I got all excited, until I clicked on the link for new releases in Literary Travel … Continue reading Amazon, You Really Got Me Going
What a learning process publishing a book is! It turns out the delay in getting my print book available for pre-order on BarnesandNoble.com was my fault. Whoops! I had read on the Ingram Spark guide that it can take up to six weeks to get your book approved and available, so I assumed things were … Continue reading Print Book Stumbles
I'm not sure if it matters a whole lot for indie authors to do a press release when their book is launched, but I did one anyway. Maybe it will lead to some website traffic, at the very least. After doing some research on some of the press release distribution companies and finding out how … Continue reading Press Release–Does it Matter?