Speaking of being re-energized I was fortunate enough to be invited to a celebratory dinner for Anita Howard last night with better than a dozen other local writers. Many of which are multi-published and I have gushed about on here before so this time I'm not going to list them all. Y'all may remember my recent post about Anita and her novel Splintered landing a contract.
Hanging out with other writers always gets me pumped up, but last night while talking about the upcoming release of my book , The Feedstore Chronicles one of my writing friends described the book to another as "Sedaris with a twang." Given that I love Sedaris I found the statement quite flattering.
Sticking with the whole "feeling re-energized" them of this post let me give you an update on status of The Feedstore Chronicles.
I still do not have an exact release date but the publisher liked the revisions I did so the book is now at the lay-out stage and cover art is being designed. I am told the book will be out in time for an upcoming speaking engagement I have in November.
So that means I'm 6 weeks or so out from release. Now comes the part where I begin to be and plead.
Those of you who read are writers and read this blog realize that most of the marketing these days falls upon the shoulders of the author, even if you are being published by one of the big 6, the old-time publishers. I have no qualms about marketing myself. I'm not scared to stand on a street corner and shout, to scale a tall building, or whore myself in any other way possible, but chances are I'd be arrested for panhandling if I stood on the corner with a sign, be confused for King Kong and get shot down if I climbed up a building, and you can;t sell what you can;t give away so prostituting myself is a no go as well.
But I do have friends here in the blogosphere. So I'm asking, begging, pleading with y'all ...
Who wants to let me do a guest post?
Who is willing to interview me on their blog?
Host a giveaway for a signed copy?
Wrestle an angry emu on YouTube while wearing a Feeedstore Chronicles t-shirt?
Get me the email address and contact person at your local feedstore? Or farm and ranch type establishment?
Pimp The Feedstore Chronicles out on twitter, Facebook, Google +?
Yeah, I know I'm asking a lot, but it could be worse it's not like I'm asking you to reenact the bulldog masturbation scene, or disclose the seediest of your youthful transgressions. No, those things are left to the book, but I do plan to give away a Texas themed prize package to at least one person. Details to come, but I promise it will be a fun-filled prize package worth at least a case of Shiner Bock and Steak dinner. All who help THE FEEDSTORE CHRONICLES, even in a small way will be eligible.
If you are interested in helping send me an email at travis AT traviserwin DOT com.
I'm gonna leave y'all with a mighty fine song by a fellow Texas which matches how I'm feeling today.