In thinking of the upcoming holiday weekend I found this marvelous quote from a guy named Douglas Pagels. He said that sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.
But here's a more objective, scientific view. If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end... well, it would probably… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 28, 2008 at 10:37pm —
As you know, I love to share feedback I get from readers and often use this space to do it. Today I’d like to introduce you to Deborah Grantham.
I met Deb earlier this year at the Deadly Ink mystery conference in New Jersey. You know I boast about the quality of my readership, so you won’t be surprised to know that Deb is the Assistant Director of an important environmental program at Cornell University. Now, Deadly Ink was a target-rich environment for the mystery lover, so I was… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 27, 2008 at 10:44pm —
I want to point out the latest addition to my web site
. It's the Eventful box just under the navigation buttons. This is an opportunity to "Demand" me in your area - and you can ONLY demand me in the town your computer is in. Trust me, if I get 10 requests in any given city I'm lining up a signing there. I'm already making plans to sign at the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego. Just need a couple more demands...
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 26, 2008 at 9:23pm —
It was old home weekend for me. It started with a book signing at the Borders Express in Springfield Mall. That was even more fun than usual because of the second author signing - Lisa Hampton-Qualls, who wrote a very positive book entitled "G*STYLE - Developing a Passion for God’s Fashion." Lisa proved to be as positive and inspiring as her book.
Then I moved to the Borders Express in Dulles Town Center. This was a very successful event and I began to see the tide of tastes turning,… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 25, 2008 at 10:30pm —
I already told you that today I'll sign books at the Borders Express in Springfield Mall in Springfield, VA from 11 am to 4 pm.
Tomorrow I'll visit the Borders Express in Dulles Town Center Mall. Kelley and Leigh have become great friends and it will be a joy to return to their space from noon to 4 pm. Their store is at 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Dulles VA. One way or another, you should stop at a mall and say hi this weekend.
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 23, 2008 at 11:15pm —
This weekend I'll be hanging at the Mall with some of my best Border-line friends. What I mean is, I'll spend time at the two bookstores that have given me the most support since I was first published.
Tomorrow I'll sign books at the Borders Express in Springfield Mall. Dan and Ilke are almost like family, and I will be pleased to sign at their store from 11 am to 4 pm. The store is at 6725 Springfield Mall, Springfield, VA.
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 22, 2008 at 10:34pm —
I like to feature interesting web sites in this space, even when the site is my own. I always feature the feedback and reviews I receive on my web site, and today I’d like to introduce Eugene Booker.
I met Eugene during my most recent book signing at Washington Dulles International Airport. That was on July 25th, and he e-mailed comments to me just four days later. In his e-mail he described himself as “the Black/Filipino guy with glasses” but what I remember most was how… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 20, 2008 at 10:46pm —
I get irritated and a little depressed by the amount of political rhetoric being thrown around in the mass media - and we haven't even had the conventions yet. Until then, these two guys are only the SELF-declared choices of the two major parties.
I was starting to wonder if the whole electoral brouhaha is even worth the trouble. Then a buddy reminded me that politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly... and for the same reason.
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 19, 2008 at 10:00pm —
I want to thank everyone who attended this month’s meeting of the Maryland Writers Association. You made me feel at home, and I did feel as though some folks benefited from my little talk on marketing novels.
And I must declare my cross town experiment a success. My signing at the Borders Express in St Charles Town Center Saturday evening went well. I wondered if it would impact Sunday’s event at the larger Borders Books and Music the next day about a mile away. Since I sold out at… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 18, 2008 at 10:13pm —
Yesterday I told you I'll be at the Borders Express in St Charles Town Center in Waldorf, MD today. If you miss me there it's okay, because tomorrow I'll be down the block at the larger Borders Books and Music at 3304-A Crain Highway. The signing there is from noon to 4 pm!
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 16, 2008 at 10:03pm —
I'll spend the weekend in Waldorf, MD. Tomorrow you will find me at the Borders Express in St Charles Town Center. I'll keep things hopping at the little store from 4 pm to 6 pm. The Mall is at 5000 Highway 301 S Waldorf.
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 15, 2008 at 10:21pm —
I like to feature interesting web sites in this space, even when the site is my own. I always feature the feedback and reviews I receive on my web site, and today I’d like to introduce Peggy Ehrhart.
Peggy is a mystery author I met at the Deadly Ink conference. She gave me an advance copy of her new novel, “Sweet Man is Gone” which I have previously reviewed here. At the same time she purchased my novel, Damaged Goods and was kind enough to drop me a note about it. She told me she… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 14, 2008 at 11:27pm —
Yesterday I told you I'm live tonight at the Maryland Writers Association, 7:30 pm in the annex building of the Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, Maryland. But I'm lots of places on the internet too.
Just when I thought I'd used up all the places to expose myself online I discovered Axis Avenue
- . This group says it's dedicated to helping authors market themselves to a wider audience, while… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 13, 2008 at 10:25pm —
I’m coming up on a busy week in Maryland. It starts tomorrow when I address this month’s meeting of the Maryland Writers Association. I’ll chat with the members on “The Joy and Challenge of Marketing Fiction,” which really is rather different from marketing nonfiction books. My speech will be short because I’ll want to leave lots of question and answer time. Meetings are held every month at 7:30 pm in the annex building of the Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, Maryland.
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 12, 2008 at 11:37pm —
Friday I signed books at the third Borders Books store in Washington Dulles International Airport. They’ve closed a few gates in Terminal B so business wasn’t as brisk as it was in the other two stores. Still it was well worth my time and the folks there are always so friendly I’ll go back for another try later in the year.
Sunday’s signing at the Hard Bean Coffee and Booksellers was a new experience: outdoors during parents’ week in Annapolis, the home of the Naval Academy. The city… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 11, 2008 at 10:58pm —
I recently read of an author who made great sales doing telephone conference calls with book clubs. Of course when I mentioned this to a few fellow writers I immediately got all the reasons why it won’t work. Well, I’ll seek out a list of such clubs anyway, and see if I can make contact. If you’re in a book club and would like an author to join you at a meeting by telephone, shoot me an e-mail.
And to my author friends: Never be afraid to try something new. Remember: amateurs built… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 11, 2008 at 11:27am —
As good as the chain stores have been to me, there are a few private stores that I hold dear to my heart. One of them is the Hard Bean Coffee and Booksellers
at 36 Market Space in Annapolis, MD. This place has been very kind to local authors and I’ll be there tomorrow from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. If you’re anywhere near this fine establishment, drop in Sunday. Mention that you read about my signing on line and I will buy you one of the finest cups of coffee… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 10, 2008 at 12:25am —
Tomorrow I return to one of those airport stores everyone has been talking about. This time it's the Borders in Washington Dulles International Airport. I'll greet new friends there from 1 pm to 5 pm - and I know it will be new friends because airport stores have a steady flow of new folks.
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 7, 2008 at 10:27pm —
I like to feature interesting web sites in this space, even when the site is my own. I always feature the feedback and reviews I receive on my web site
, and I’m way behind highlighting some of my friends. For those not yet mentioned, please forgive me - I promise to get to you. For the rest of you, I’d like to introduce Jensen Dobbins.
Jensen is one of my younger fans. His parents bought him a copy of Blood and Bone for Christmas. He… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 5, 2008 at 10:19pm —
I get emails from writers every week asking questions, or advice or just for the benefit of my experience. I always send a thoughtful reply and whether or not it’s helpful it’s always sincere. I try to make whatever I know available to anyone who wants it.
I’ve been ask why I give it away in emails, at seminars and at conferences. Well, it feeds my ego of course, but there’s more to it than that. I figure it’s payback, or maybe pay forward, for all the people who gave me advice and… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on August 4, 2008 at 10:28pm —