If you couldn't make it to my Big Book Release Party, fear not! I have other appearances & events lined up and I'm adding more every day. Check my Appearances & Events page frequently for details!
After many hours of publicity work, the day finally arrived. I'm happy to say we had a good crowd (25 to 30 people), sold a good number of books, and I felt good about my presentation. When it was over, many people said they enjoyed it and thought I spoke well. I'm very pleased! Now to prepare for upcoming events in December and January!
Thanks to Ethan Grant, my son, for taking these photographs.
Tonight, (14 November 2017) at 7:00 PM, at the Robbins Library in Arlington, Mass. (700 Mass. Ave.). It's my Big Book Release Party! It's free and the public is invited. I will read passages from my book, sign copies, and answer questions. Refreshments will be served!
November 6, 2017 - Newtonville Books (actually in Newton Center - 10 Langley Road). 7:00 - 8:00 PM, at a monthly poetry reading featuring poets who have attended workshops hosted by Barbara Helfgott Hyett. After the two featured poets read, I will read one new poem during the open mic segment, probably around 7:45. So, don't be late! See my Appearances & Events page for more.
Heather Aveson, News Director at ACMI's Arlington Public News interviewed me recently. An edited version of our conversation was cablecast as part of the November 1st news program. You can watch my interview here on YouTube. You also might want to visit the APN web page.
I had a great time at the Boston Book Festival on October 28th. That's Meia Geddes and I at the book signing table, where we faced the crowd of passers by for about an hour.
I actually sold and signed 8 books, more than I expected. Of course, people took many of my post cards and flyers. Later, I got to go out and talk to a number of people in other booths, around the Festival.
The IPNE Annual Book awards on Saturday, the 4th of November were the culmination of hours of work by many volunteers over the Summer. I was the one who opened boxes and inventoried books sent in by the various authors who had signed up. I did not enter my book in the contest as it was not complete by the deadline. So, there's next year! In the photo, below, the audience is just getting settled as we are about to start.
Before the awards were announced and handed out, we had a panel discussion on various aspects of how independent publishing works today. We answered questions from the audience after some initial remarks. Left to right at the table are Eddie Vincent, IPNE Co-president; Susannah Noel, editor at Noel Editorial; Mellissa Sherwin, co-founder of Writers Business School; Glenn C. Koenig (me!), author and owner of Message Rain publishing; and Charlotte Pierce, recent IPNE president and founder of Pierce Press.
Special thanks to the staff of the Robbins Library, and especially Library Director Andrea Nicolay for her help in hosting this event!
I just got approval to appear at the St. John's Church Crafts Fair on Dec. 2nd (see my Appearances & Events page). OK, it's not national exposure, but every little bit helps, I say. I get to chat with people attending the fair, sell a few books and T-Shirts (maybe), and relax a little. It costs very little, so it's mostly an investment in time and community ties. I'm sharing a table with Charlotte Pierce, a member of the church and a good friend of mine. She is past president of IPNE.
I had a great time at the Festival yesterday! The weather was great (a bit chilly & windy, but very sunny and nice) and the crowd was wonderful. I talked with readers, sold a few copies of my book, and helped explain how IPNE helps authors and independent publishers around New England.
Although I usually take dozens of photos, for some reason (I was too busy!) I didn't take any! I'm appealing to others to send me some that they took (where I was in the picture) so I can post them here.
I just created a new brochure for the Boston Book Festival. I copied some text I wrote for it and added it to the "About this Book" page for my book, a man wearing a dress.
I put a whole lot into this book and I realized that I hadn't really described it very well so far. So I decided to do a better job.
I've gotten rave reviews from a few people who have read it, so far, so my main effort now is to get the word out. There are some things I can't do, such as add more reviews on Amazon. I'm depending on you to do that. Please. I know this book can be a big success.
A new online magazine, Boston Voyager, has done a story on me. You can see it here. I think it came out quite well! They don't have a section for Arlington or Metro West, so I'm listed under "Cambridge," but that's ok. I'll take it!
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.