Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Feelin' Good Again

Thanks to all of you who chimed in here and on Facebook or twitter about my last blog post. Y'all have helped re-energize my feeling toward both this blog and blog in general.

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.



Stephen Parrish said...

Sign me up for everything.

Kelley Lynn said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love yours here. :)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

It's so exciting that The Feedstore Chronicles is getting close to its publication date! I can't wait to read the whole book!

Beth said...

Marketing can be brutal. I'll be happy to help out. (Will send you an email.)

Old Kitty said...

There's a t-shirt?!?!?! Yes please!


Now off I go to find what Sedaris means! LOL!

:-) Take care

Cloudia said...

good for you! Promote yer stuff Trav!

Warm Aloha from Waikiki;

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alex keto said...

I sent you emails via hotmail and comcast. See if they went through. I'd say there is something up with this technology, but I say that every day.

Travis Erwin said...

Stephen - I was hoping you'd say that.

Kelley - No problem and welcome.

Debra - I hope it lives up to your expectations.

Beth - Thanks so much. I'll be in touch.

Kitty - David Sedaris is a very hilarious and talented writer. And while there is no t-shirt yet, I'll get you one if you are ready to tangle with that emu.

Cloudia - I'm gonna try and not be too big of a whore but gotta pitch every once in a while

Alex - I got them. thanks.

Adriann said...

I can wrestle the emu for ya! Good luck with your book and I'm glad you are feeling good about blogging again.

the walking man said...

Do I have to wrestle naked like a Greek Olympian or can I wear a mask like the Mexican wrestlers do?

Melissa Amateis said...

So glad you're feeling better about things. This writing life is so up and down at times.

Will email you or FB you some info on some local feedstores since I'm here in Nebraska and surrounded by them!

Charles Gramlich said...

Since I've actually been running interviews, I'd be happy to interview you on the blog. I have a kind of standard set of questions I've been using. If you want to be interviewed let me know.

Travis Erwin said...

Adriann -- Be careful those Emu's are mean as hell. A scene in The Feedstore Chronicles details my painful fight with one.

the walking man -- You can don the mask and go under the name Cabrito Libre!

Melissa Marsh -- That would be great. I'm trying to get eh book placed in some non traditional venues and feedstores are the obvious choice.

Travis Erwin said...

Charles - Sounds great. I'll get in touch when I get a solid release date.

dee said...

so excited everyone is excited about the release! I know the cover will be awesome....

Deanna said...

In reference to your previous post, I am apparently in the minority of not a FB or Twitter pal. I don't tweet and don't plan to ever. This is all so time consuming!

I think what bothers me the most is those who stop by and make a comment, drawing me in to their blog and then never giving me another hidyhi. I've read your blog pretty faithful for several years now. However, I'll admit that when one has many followers, such as you (many compared to me!), I tend to read and not comment. I figure there is no way a popular blogger can read all the comments.

One thing for sure is: I blog for me. If it brings others joy, so much the better. When it becomes a chore and stops being fun, then I'm out of here!

Your blog is great, BTW. Oh, and I've never actually been in Bethany, MO, but I've definitely passed it by many times.

Wendy said...

Count me in, too, except for any reinacting. Besides that up I'm up for just about anything.

Travis Erwin said...

Dee -- I know it will too.

Deanna -- I don't always do a good job of responding but trust me I see and read every last comment because they come to my phone the second they are posted.

Wendy -- Thanks Wendy.