TV interview and appearances
Posted on August 6, 2009
I have a scheduled TV spot next Tuesday, 11th August, on a local cable channel. The program is The Bookshelf, and I'll be on at 12.30pm. Luckily, only a handful of people in the local area will see it!
Oddly enough, I'm not nervous about this one. I'm more nervous about other upcoming appointments: book talks and signings at three local libraries throughout August. My previous public talk, in front of about 75 people at a formal luncheon, was surprisingly easy despite butterflies beforehand, and despite this being my first "speech" for about ten years! I shouldn't be nervous about a small talk in front of a handful of people at a library, but I am. Oh well, I'm sure it will all pan out in the end. These things have a habit of turning okay, rather than a colossal humiliation.
My local appointments are:
- Appearance on TV show The Bookshelf (local channel 3) – Tuesday 11th August 2009
- Book talk and signing at Rossville Library – Tuesday 18th August 2009, 4-6 PM
- Book talk and signing at Lafayette Library – Thursday 20th August 2009, 6.30-8 PM
- Book talk and signing at Chickamauga Library – Saturday 22nd August 2009, 10-12 PM
On a side note, and speaking of TV, a couple of weeks ago I was contacted by a film agent who expressed an interest in my book. The last time we spoke, he said he would "most likely send a contract offer" for TV/movie options on the book. We'll see what happens in the next week or so.
If you don't yet have a copy of Island of Fog, you'd better hurry before I'm rocketed to stardom and picked up by a huge publishing house. My current editions will then be scarce and worth millions. :-)
One wonders if you have some kind of marketing 'genius', Keith! Can you tell us how in the world you managed to get such publicity? An ordinary self-published author doesn't usually receive so many reviews and such acknowledgment. If you have any 'trick' to do this please let us know! You really are an example to us amateur writers, you know. (I've sent my story to two publishing houses and got - rejected!!)
Marketing genius? I wish!! I was just thinking this morning, I wish I could get my book out there more, get some real promotion going. I hate promotion! I have to say I'm lucky though. My niece is the president of the local Chamber of Commerce, so thanks to her I was approached by the local library community, which accounts for the upcoming TV and library appointments. But the film agent... that was because he's a Piers Anthony fan, and read the review on Piers Anthony's website. And as an update, said agent emailed me a short while ago to say, "Really, really good stuff! There is most definitely a screenplay in this book! Will touch base with you tomorrow or sooner." Watch this space! Finally, I've been rejected by publishers too, and am still being rejected. It's perfectly normal.
A film agent! Wow! Let us know how it goes, Keith. :-)