Monday, October 31, 2005

The book signing at Urban Knowledge in Memphis was great. It was hosted by the Unique Women's Social Club and they created quite the scene and drew in the crowd. They had nice little gift bags that they raffled off, had tasty refreshments, and just looked spectacular in their red shirts. I like red. :-) And Kim J. had already read my book and just talked it up a storm to customers. She got quite a few people excited. LOL Anyway, I don't think I ever had such a good time at a book signing. I didn't want it to end.

With one more weekend signing left in Baltimore in 3 - 4 weeks, it's back to the grind. I stated that I was going to take Sundays off. Well, let's just say that I had a light Sunday yesterday. Did a few things while watching the game. It wasn't a full day off, but I'm good.

I have 3 weeks left to finish up a story for an anthology. I'll be able to talk more about it in the near future. I'm also working on a revision to a story for another anthology. That's due the end of this year. Copyedits of First Fridays will probably be back any day now, so I'm trying to clear the plate as much as possible. Speaking of First Fridays, I had a conference call last week with my editor and publisher. It was the first time I've had the chance to actually talk to my editor directly about FF. I knew she loved it, but didn't know exactly how much. She says she feels it's an even stronger novel that Counting Raindrops. That was great to hear. Like I said before, unlike Counting, I hadn't had anyone to read First Fridays before my editor saw it. So, I didn't know what type of feedback to expect or if someone else would like it as much as I did. I was worried about a "sophomore jinx". Wondered if I would be able to be creative on the second book and have it get positive feedback like the first. But after hearing my editor's comments, I think I stand a chance. ;-)

Well, as usual, there's work to be done so I best be gettin' to choppin' some wood! (Don't try to figure out what that means because I have no idea myself.)

6 comments:

LadyLee Mon Oct 31, 10:39:00 AM EST  

Clutch the Pearls!!!...

First Friday is even stronger than Counting raindrops?? Oh my!! I'm not suprised, since you are, like, the ultimate Jedi Mistress of description and visualization... I can't wait to buy it! Put it out sooner!!! And be sure to inform us about which anthologies your stories will appear in.

Glad your booksignings are going good... I still say you should come down to the ATL!!

Anonymous Mon Oct 31, 12:19:00 PM EST  

Cherlyn keep up the good work. I went to a book signing and reading for my favorite author - let's just call him WM. And it was great. I was so excitied. I had never seen him in person, but had always heard good things. Well I finally got to him, told him how much i loved him, and... nothing. He gave me the weakest response. I was so disappointed. I felt cheated. I tried to hide it. My girlfriend was with me and she noticed his and my response. The reason I tell you this is so even if you're tired, pls give all your fans at your book signing your best!!

princessdominique Tue Nov 01, 08:51:00 AM EST  

Cherlyn I've read and you and your book will definitely continue to sell through word of mouth alone. I spotted "Counting" out here too so you've got that worldwide appeal.

Cherlyn Michaels Thu Nov 03, 08:44:00 AM EST  

LadyLee,
Yup! At leasdt, that's what she says. You kill me with your titles! I will definitely let you know when I get publishing dates for the anthologies. Of course, I'll talk about them more. And, I'm trying to get to Atlanta for First Fridays!


Anon,
I've heard stories like that and yes, I want to avoid that. I know some days can be hard or you don't feel your best. But when you're on book tour, you just got to suck it up and always put on a smile. If not, it can cost an author in the long run.


Dom,
Thanks for the vote of confidence. I sure hope so.
THANKS!

T`bou Thu Nov 03, 08:45:00 AM EST  

Hi Cherlyn I have your book and I'm getting ready to promote it on my blog (reading and reviewing it with other blog readers) Keep up the great work girl, you're my inspiration!!!

Cherlyn Michaels Thu Nov 03, 09:20:00 AM EST  

Hey T'bou,
Thanks so much!!! I hope you enjoy it! :-) I'll be over to see what's going on!