BOOK SIGNING FOLLOW-UP.
New Fan Nicole
Doing a book signing at Albertsons,
a grocery store, is probably for many authors going outside the proverbial envelope, but it sure worked for me. I had just
as much success there signing copies of THE SIGN OF THE EAGLE as I did at Hastings or other bookstores. It wasn't exactly
a gold mine, but it sure came close and it was very near my home. I probably hit it right because it was the Saturday before
Thanksgiving and the store was bustling. I was placed right in front of the check out/register section, so no one could miss
me. Lots of people stopped by taking flyers and buying copies of my novel. I won't say how many, but I sold more here than
anywhere else. It probably helped that I was a local author and some bought the novel on that basis alone. I had one fan from
a previous signing who returned to buy another copy. She said she enjoyed my novel so much, she had to get one for her friend--nice
I want to thank store manager, Russ, associates Pauline, Zach
and the rest of the Albertsons staff making this such a successful event.
In the enclosed picture
is a new fan, Nicole. It turns out she is a pharmacist that works at Albertsons.
November 23rd (Black Friday) at Aunties Bookstore, 401 Main Ave., Spokane,
WA, 12-4 p.m.
November 24th, Hastings Books, Music & Videos--Shadle Park, 1704 W. Wellesley,
Spokane, WA, 4-8 p.m.
Wolf of Britannia
I am making slow progress in the
rewriting of chapter 50. Part of problem with the rewrite of this novel is that I have had to cut the number of characters
through whom the reader sees this story (Point of View or POV) from eight to two--this can be very challenging. Originally,
in what is now chapter 50, the reader saw through the character the Druid priestess, Taran, a scene in which she is conveying
a message from Caratacus to his cousin and historical character, Cartimandua, Queen of the Brigantian tribe in northern Britannia.
In the current rewrite, we must use a messenger, Fiona, who is a female warrior in Caratacus's army. She returns
from the north to report Cartimandua's response. She has to report in such a way that only Caratacus but the reader can see
what she told the queen and the queen's reaction. The challenge to describe it in such a manner that the reader feels he or
she was there with the Fiona and the queen when the scene took place. That is why the rewrite of this novel has taken much
longer than originally planned because there are several scenes which are similar. This is part of the challenge of being
an effective writer.
That is all for now. I want to wish each and every one of you a very happy Thanksgiving.
-Jess Steven Hughes