I’ve a feeling I’m supposed to be doing promotion for my new book.
The promotion side isn’t something I hate doing but I’m definitely no professional at promoting my own work.
As a freelance writer I’ve done it for other people but when it comes to touting myself - touting, is that the right word, well, when it comes to touting myself or my work I feel a bit nervous, anxious, I don’t know how to describe it actually. You have doubts when you’re writing your book, you have doubts when you put it out there and then you have doubts when you have to kind of gently force this thing onto people.
I feel like I’m standing in an alley whispering to people as they walk past, “Hey, hey, you, c’mere. Take a look at this”, which in itself is a dubious image I don’t want in my head.
Anyway, I’m in the midst of a hangover due to the visit of friend who is in town on holiday and who doesn’t seem to realise that there are maybe other things to do in this town apart from getting hammered in the pub, not sure what else there is to do but there must be something. So I’m writing through the headache, which seems as good a hangover cure as any other. I can’t actually blame my friend for the hangover as I’m my own worst enemy when people say, “do you fancy a drink” but, as way of an excuse, I haven’t really had a drunken night since my holiday to New York in January.
So, as we were talking about New York and promoting my book, well I was anyway, I’d like to mention Julian Gallo who interviewed me and wrote a book review for Leaving London. I’ve known Julian online for many years now, I’m not sure if it’s quite 10 years but it must be getting on to that. Mr Gallo is a fantastic writer with five novels under his belt as well as being a tremendous supporter of other writers. He placed the interview on Expats Post as well as his own blog Desvario for which I thank him. Julian has also conducted a series of interviews this week with Dean Walker and Loren Kleinman, two great poets, check out the interviews if you get a chance.
Wait, the reason I mentioned New York is because Julian is from New York and I had a great time meeting up with Julian, his sister Andrea, Andrea’s son Stephen and his cousin Steve Palermo, who is also a fine artist. It was great to wander around the East Village, Little Italy and Queens with these guys and see New York through the eyes of people who actually live there. I sometimes dis Facebook as being annoying mainly due to its distraction qualities but it does offer you the chance to connect and meet up with people from all over the world. I met a few other people that I had known via facebook on my second trip to what I consider one of the world’s most amazing cities and I will get back there soon, I hope. The picture below is Julian, Andrea and Steve, taken in Vincent’s restaurant in Little Italy. Great couple of days with those guys during the holiday.
A short excerpt from Leaving London was also accepted and published on Roadside Fiction literary site, issue seven. Very happy they decided that the piece fit in with the theme of their magazine. Rejection in the literary world is par for the course so it’s always nice to see an acceptance email. So thanks to Roadside Fiction Editor John Campbell for that and you should head over there if you get the chance and check out all of the excellent writers and stories in this quarterly magazine. Another short excerpt from the book can be found here at Createspace previews.
Thanks also to Baxter Labatos for this piece on his The Wind Sings website. After completing Leaving London I was looking to change a few of the character names and I needed a strong name for one character and couldn't really think of anything to fit this character's personality. The name Baxter just seemed like a really strong name and i've never actually met anyone with this name before so I settled on Baxter after taking a look through the names of my friends on Facebook. I know Baxter, the real life Baxter, has gone through some tribulations and tough times recently, and i'm glad this cheered him up a little.
Anything else? Thanks to all who have bought the book and shared comments and reviews. If I’ve forgotten anyone let me know, the hangover is impairing my memory, which is sometimes a good thing but not in this case. Slange!