Entering a new market meant that I needed to develop a new marketing campaign, create a new website (www.RanTheStoryMan.com), research new merchandising options, master the skills of indie-publishing, and adopt a new mindset for my brand. Although that meant a lot of work it has been interesting and fun most of the time and challenging on occasion. As of last Saturday, I can add one more item to the list—extremely rewarding.
Saturday, was the Local Author Fair at the Red Mountain library in Mesa. All of the author events I attend are fun, but this one was special because I had the chance to see my good friendly Emily.
Emily and her mother participated in one of my very first workshops and it has been a delight to see her and the rest of the family whenever I can. In the picture below you can see Emily, Quincy, me, and Meagan. Because of the developmental challenges they all face I’m super excited to see them interested in reading. I hope that my new direction as an author will continue to provide me with many more experiences like this one.
February also saw me visiting the Young Author club in Avondale. Adrienne Quintana invited me to speak with the students and I had a blast. We talked about elevator pitches and the children all had the chance to pitch a story to me based on a writing prompt. If this group represents the future of the writing industry then I think we are in good hands.
Fans of The Gathering series will be happy to know that I submitted book three to the publisher at the beginning of the month. In my opinion, this is the best book in the series so far. I can hardly wait to share it all of you. The working title for the book is The Devastation: America Crumbles. Any further information about the book will have to wait until after I hear back from the publisher.