I just added a page of information for bookstores, booksellers, etc. here.
Another friend who lives in a nearby town said he wants to drop by today and purchase a copy as well. Excellent! Tomorrow, September 14th, is the first official on-sale date, so bookstores everywhere should be able to get it for you or actually have it on their shelves. I'm excited and just a bit nervous!
At 2:30 PM this afternoon, I uploaded the final version of my book to the printer. Yay! (I pray that my editor and I caught all the important typographical errors, etc.!)
Everything is all set for it to go on sale on September 14th, 2017, in bookstores everywhere, as well as online. Here is my schedule so far:
September 10th, pride march in Burlington Vermont, handing out post card flyers.
September 14th, book goes on sale
September 16th, Arlington Town Day, Art on the Green section - I will sell signed copies from my booth there.
October 16th, Two copies to be raffled off at Fantasia Fair in Provincetown, MA
November (TBD) - Big book release party here in Arlington, Mass., where I will read excerpts, answer questions, sign copies, & serve refreshments. We will have copies available for purchase there or bring your previously purchased copy and I will sign it.
In the mean time, I may appear at various local bookstores for readings/signings, so stay tuned!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Glenn C. Koenig
(no fax number)
Title: First Time Author Finds New Gender Identity Later in Life
Arlington, Mass. 4 August 2017 — When Glenn Koenig first stepped out in public wearing a dress, he was afraid others might react negatively. He needn’t have worried; he began receiving spontaneous compliments almost right away. Now, he’s publishing a book about his experiences.
In the book, “a man wearing a dress,” he looks back to his childhood to find clues that foreshadowed his current identity shift. Born male and raised in New England, Koenig struggled to conform to the narrowly defined male culture of the times. While attending Goddard College in the 1970s, he began studying gender issues, but after graduation his focus turned to pursuing his career.
Later on, after turning 50, he realized that he still had questions regarding his own gender identity. Thinking he might be transgender, he briefly tried presenting as a woman, but that left him with more questions. “I realized that living as a woman didn’t seem authentic to me, so I had to chart a new course for myself,” he says. “I realized I had a strong feminine side as well as a masculine one, so I looked for ways to present both to the world.”
Over time, he began to wear clothes traditionally worn by women, but leave his body intact, even maintaining a trim beard. “I feel as if I’ve finally come home,” he says, of his newly found sense of himself. “Going out in the world this way, I have had the most fascinating conversations,” he reports. “My goal is to find a way to love everyone, regardless of identity or circumstances,” he says.
The book includes his life story, reflections on gender, some perspectives on our surrounding culture, and even some poetry. It is being published in soft cover and will be available in bookstores everywhere on September 14th. For more information, visit www.messagerain.com/books
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We all know that things often take longer than planned. Thus it is with editing! Fortunately, although I'm a bit behind my intended schedule, I've completed going through the entire book, fixing errors and modifying word choice in some cases, all based on the mark-up I received back from my professional editor, Blue Pencil Consulting.
My next step is to have a few sample copies printed, then hand them out to a select group of people to read the entire book. Their job is to give me feedback once they've read it. And if they happen to catch a typo that both I and my editor happened to miss, then so much the better!
This Saturday, June 24, 2017, I'll have a booth at Arlington Alive, the arts fair in Arlington Center, Massachusetts! I'll be there from 11 AM to 4 PM, the entire duration of the fair. I'll have a draft copy of my book available to see and postcard flyers to take with you if you want. During that time, I'll be reading passages from the book around 12:30 and 2:30 PM. So come by and see me, see the book, chat, hang out, see the other booths and activities that will be there.
Now for some important details:
The event is sponsored by Arlington Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public. You do not need to RSVP and you do not need a ticket to attend. It's outdoors and the weather is predicted to be sunny and nice, although rain is predicted for the night before, so the streets could be wet and there may be lingering clouds in the morning.
If you need to set your GPS to a specific address, go to 327 Broadway, Arlington MA 02474 (the Starbucks on the corner of Broadway, Mass. Ave. and Medford Street). If you are driving, I recommend that you proceed down Medford Street about 100 feet and turn left to enter the connector road (technically, Park Terrace) to the Russell Common parking lot. Or just park on a street nearby. There are parking meters in the area, so I'm not sure how long you can park. The Russell Common parking area has a parking permit machine, and it's only 50 cents per hour, so that's cheaper than the meters. I'm not sure if there will be a waiver for the day in that lot, to accommodate fair goers. The MBTA 77 and 350 busses pass through that area, so that's an option.
It's a mad dash to the finish line! Editing, then Beta Readers, then final edit, then upload to distribution. On one simple sentence, I've just described three months of work!
I'm still learning to collaborate and delegate, after a life of trying to do everything myself! So I have an assistant here to help me today. We're making great progress, so I hope to stay on schedule. The book should be out on September 14th, right on time!
1. I could look at my experience as a 'glass half empty' or a 'glass half full.' That is, I could focus on what went wrong, or on what went right. The result: we distributed 2000 postcards! Glass half full = optimism. That's me.
2. No matter how well you plan for participation in a public event, you can't really control everything. So much can happen. So I did my best to prepare, things happened, and I adapted as best I could. No blame here.
3. Standing back from it all, I now realize that my main mission is to finish editing the book, get feedback from my beta readers, and have the final version uploaded before the deadline. Publicity is important, yes, but having the book be really, really good is the top priority.
4. There is a lot of love in my life! Sometimes, sitting alone at home in my office, working on my computer, I find myself with feelings of isolation. Little by little, I'm remembering to remember that I love plenty of people and plenty of people love me!
Happy Pride, everybody!
I just discovered that there are vendors on Amazon that state that my book is "In Stock" and promise to ship it to you by mid June. This is not true! No one is authorized to ship my book until September 14th.
Please do not order my book from anyone promising to deliver it before September 14, 2017. Amazon and legitimate book stores should show the correct on-sale date. You're welcome to pre-order it, for delivery in September. In fact I encourage that!
Here's why: I had to start publicity well in advance of the "on sale date," as they call it in the book business. In order to do that, I had to upload the cover and the "book block" (the book's text, all typeset into pages) to IngramSpark, the company who will be printing and distributing it. But since the book block still needs editing (typos fixed, other things adjusted, some sentences reworded), I had to upload a preliminary version at this time.
When IngramSpark sent an image of the cover to Amazon, apparently that was picked up by other vendors who appear on the Amazon web page (the one that shows my book), promising to deliver the book right away! From what I know so far, these other vendors do not have access to the actual content of the book, even the preliminary version I uploaded.
I have no idea if they will charge your credit card and then not deliver the book for months after all. I am still looking into this with Amazon and I will post updates here as I learn of them.
Meanwhile, I'm proceeding to march in the Boston Pride Parade on Saturday, June 10th (tomorrow as I write this) and will be distributing flyers to promote my book there.
As with some authors, I am a bit overambitious on occasion. I set up my web site here with instructions for ordering and now find that my distribution network wasn't quite ready.
Right now, bookstores won't be able to bring my book up on their computers just yet. Please be patient and I will post another note here as soon as everything is in order. Thank you!
I'm a social activist who still needs to pay the mortgage, eat, and do the laundry. But, more than that, I'm a love activist. I want to make life better without having to say there's anything wrong with it now.