It's April already. That means May is fast approaching. And May is when my third Barkery &
Biscuits Mystery, Bad to the Bone,
will be published by Midnight Ink.
So right now I am in preparation
mode. It doesn't hurt that my mind is
Barkery-centered anyway since I am currently writing book number four in the
series. But how does an author prepare
these days for publication of a new book?
Well, for one thing, here I am,
blogging about it. This isn't the only
place I'll blog about it either. I'll be
participating in a Great Escapes blog tour.
That includes bloggers' reviews of the new book, plus I'll be providing
interview responses and related blog posts to be included in other blogs.
And of course I'll mention it on
my regular blogs: Killer Hobbies, Killer Characters and Slice of Orange, as
well as here at InkSpot--as I've just done!
I'll also be doing personal
appearances of various sorts. For one
thing, as usual, I will be attending Malice Domestic, a very fun conference as
many other Midnight Ink authors know.
I'll be on a panel featuring authors who write about pets in their
stories--The "Paws" That Detect--and that's me!
I will attend the grand reopening
celebration of the Glendale,
California, Central Library with
I'll also celebrate the launch of
my book at the Mysterious Galaxy's birthday bash.
I'll be chatting and blogging at
Writerspace, which provides various communities for readers and writers. It's a fun group and I participate there a
lot. I'll also be participating in their
author newsletter and doing a book giveaway.
I'll attend the Los Angeles Times
Festival of Books, where I'll sign books that have already been published at
three different mystery booths--and will also volunteer at the booth for the
Los Angeles Romance Authors chapter of the Romance Writers of America.
I'll be speaking at a couple of
events for the Ridge Writers, the East Sierra Branch of the California Writers
I'll be on a panel at the
California Crime Writers Conference in a couple of months.
And if anything else comes up,
I'll certainly consider doing that, too.
Think I'm doing enough? Heck, it's never enough, but I enjoy it
And maybe all of this will remind
existing readers of me, introduce me to new readers, and help me sell a few
I'm sure the writers reading this
are nodding, or shaking their heads and laughing, or recognizing themselves in
some or all of these ideas, plus more. If
any of you have additional suggestions,
please let me know!