Thursday, October 6, 2011

Cover Girl

Very soon I'll be able to share the cover art for THE FEEDSTORE CHRONICLES.  I have had one look at it myself and other than two very slight changes I was pleased with it. I asked them to move the longhorns and tramp up the girl. Yeah, I know that doesn't mean much to y'all without the image, but it will later. My acknowledgement page is written and submitted and all that is left is my photo (which I take later today) and the about the author bio.

I'm getting excited and hope everything comes together in time for the planned November 1st release date. Several things are int he works as far as speaking engagements, signings, and readings. I'll keep y'all posted. I plan to do a small book tour in the spring not to the traditional bookstore venues but to feedstore's and out of the way honky-tonks. If you can't sell humor to drunk people who can you sell it to?

As the release date gets closer I've had several; people inform me that the title is incorrect. These well-meaning folks like to point out that feed store is technically correct and right they are. However you can have feed, and you can have a store, but trust me when I say there is only one type of joint that is a FEEDSTORE.

It was also suggested that some might forgo even picking up the book because of this glaring grammatical mistake. I suppose that is true but anyone that is that uptight and anal is unlikely to enjoy stories regarding bulldog masturbation, mythical blowjobs, and irate Emu's by the name of Englebert. The original series of blog posts that inspired the book were called THE FEEDSTORE CHRONICLES and so is the complete coming-of-age story. (For those who missed those posts back in 2007 they are gone now but don't all those stories plus some more are in the book and in a better more polished presentation) Did I mention it will be available November 1st?

And for my writing buddies out there. My publisher TAG Publishing, LLC is holding a contest right now where you too could join their stable. Click below for the details ... Deadline in October 31st.

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sybil law said...

So exciting! Can't wait to see the cover art!
The name doesn't bother me at all, and I'm usually a cranky grammatical asshole.

G said...

Can't wait to see the cover either.

On a even lighter note, thanks for shaking me out of my writing doldrums. Just read the guidelines about the contest and saw a unique challenge for myself, which is distilling my 1500 word synopsis for my latest project to half that size.

Definitely something to think about and tinker with.

Beth said...

You're a natural writer - it's the marketing part of the process that's the time-consuming challenge!

Jenn Jilks said...

Travis, you are an interesting man!
Your wife has a treasure.
Sounds a bit raunchy to me, but I'm an old f@rt.
I've given up on marketing my book. Who wants to know how to help a loved one die peacefully?

Thanks for visiting Cottage Country!

Cloudia said...

SO cool, Trav. I'm super happy for you.

Warm Aloha from Honolulu;

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Charles Gramlich said...

Yep, can't go wrong tramping up the girl, I'd say. :)

DrillerAA09 said...

"Feed Store Chronicles", coming to a Tractor Supply near you. Love it.

Melissa Marsh said...

Very excited for you, Travis! And if those darn Huskers could win this weekend, well, that would make everything that much better.

Barrie said...

Exciting times!

Hilary said...

Hope it does well, Travis.

Travis Erwin said...

Thanks for all the comments and for being excited alongside me.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Back in the day when I was a young lad and thought I knew it all, there was a feed store here over on Plano Road just north of LBJ Freeway that had the word all together as FEEDSTORE. We used to travel around a lot during the summers and the local place wasn't the only one that spelled it like that.

Tramping up the cover babe is always the way to go. Seen one Longhorn you have seen them all. Seen one tramp--you just saw one.


Anita Grace Howard said...

so excited for you, Travis! I can't wait to see this cover. And I like FEEDSTORE. And also agree; by using that spelling, you'll be steering the wrong readers away, which will result in the right audience and TONS of good reviews. :) Tweeting the contest for Dee and Liz...