You can relax–I’m not going to put a video up of me singing “The Morning After” from the original Poseidon Adventure. Rather, this post is about what has happened after the release of my first novel, On Wings of the Morning, a week ago Wednesday. I had in the back of my mind (and I should have known better from other local authors’ experiences) that, once a book was published, the author sat back and waited for the royalties to roll in.
Not so. Publishing is the first step, the beginning of some very hard work, quite different from writing and editing the book in the first place. Today, the publisher doesn’t, can’t and shouldn’t do it all: the author must be deeply involved in publicizing and marketing the work. And so, I am starting to come up with venues from book signings and using social media such as this to spread the word.
Locally, the response has been tremendous. People I know have heard me talk about my project for over a year, and many of them are as excited as I am. Thank you all for your interest, enthusiasm, and support throughout this process. Cindy Brookshire, president of our local writers’ group, Write by the Rails, wrote a wonderful press release about me and Wings (as I call it). (The article is posted below this entry.)
I’m having a release party November 23 from 3-5 PM in the Java Rock Center at Manassas Baptist Church, 8730 Sudley Road, in Manassas, Virginia. Everyone is welcome, and I hope you will be able to come.
The book is available on Amazon.com in Kindle and paperback versions. It’s not available in hardback or as an audiobook (yet–I’m working on that). Here’s a link to the Amazon site: http://www.amazon.com/Wings-Morning-Dan-Verner/dp/0615908667/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383225740&sr=1-1&keywords=dan+verner Thank you for your patronage and your interest! Hope to see you the 23rd, if not before!