When Things Go Right

It is a strange and wonderful feeling to actually sign your name to a book contract. I’m not sure I believe it yet. After a high point of excitement, I thought I was very cool about it and gave myself pats on the back for not being overly puffed up or jittery. At last, I thought, age brings a benefit or two. My emotions have become manageable. I’ve matured and can take life as it comes. My interest in philosophy is paying off, reminding me that “this too shall pass away.” Cool, huh?

I felt sure I’d have no trouble sleeping the night before the signing. I’d just drift into slumber. Wrong! My mind raced and scrolled like an Internet connection gone mad. The clock steadily ticked away. I must have drifted off somewhere around four o’clock, because when the cats began their morning chorus, I was in no mood to rise. Then, I remembered! This was the day!

At one o’clock, I presented myself to the Puddletown Publishing Group directors, Susan Landis-Steward, Renee LaChance, and Lisa Nowak. Thankfully I was immediately put at ease, so the segue into the purpose of our meeting was smooth. The contract was clear-cut, all points covered, and questions answered. I was ready to sign when someone said, “Wait, the camera.” I paused, pasting a grin on my face. The shutter clicked. For the capper, I was presented with a bar of F. Guittard Tsaratana chocolate. What a classy way to seal a deal.

Volunteer for Glory is now in the hands of Puddletown staff for copyediting. It’s been almost two whole days now, and I think I’m coming down to earth. When I see Volunteer as an e-book or in paperback, you might hear a champagne bottle blowing its cork!

A toast to Puddletown Publishing Group and its success! You can access their website here and their blog here.

As if this event wasn’t enough, I just received word from Veronica Esaqui that my interview is now available to see and hear on her website. Scroll down to my name, which is #27 on the list. I won’t know when my particular interview will air on TV, but should get that information from the producer in the next few weeks. I’ll post it then, but for folks who don’t get the local Comcast cable channel, the website is the best bet.

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Published in: on February 10, 2011 at 10:45 am  Comments (3)  
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In the Spotlight

Tuesday, January 18th, was a big day.  I’d been asked to be a guest on The Author’s Forum, hosted by Dr. Veronica Esaqui, author, publisher, and chiropractic doctor.  You can view her numerous accomplishments in depth by visiting her website. You will not be disappointed!

When I arrived at the studio, Veronica greeted me warmly, helping to dissipate my uncertainties. Lisa Nowak, my personal support person, snapped pictures as Veronica and I sat in our wing chairs while sound and lights were tried and adjusted. I was instructed how to recognize which camera was “on,” but cautioned to not look for the red light unless I wanted to speak directly to the audience! As if! Finally we got the signal from Karen Sorbel, the show’s producer.  We were on!

Getting instructions for the cameraman

I stumbled on the first question but under Veronica’s gentle guidance forgot about the cameras and began chatting. She gave me leeway to remark on my first ideas for Wrenn, my Egyptian experience, and why I had chosen the Edwardian period as a setting.  Some of the things I’d wanted to say weren’t said, while other things were.

After the virtual curtain came down, I had time to wonder if I’d been too relaxed. Had I prevented Veronica from introducing topics that would have kept me firmly on track? “No, you did fine,” was her lovely assurance.  “You were good,” Lisa and Karen said.  But once I was home, doubt set in.  I went from a cautious euphoria to “interviewee’s remorse.”  What a night of second-guessing!!

The following evening, PBS aired a BBC sitcom showing an unsocial doctor being interviewed on a radio talk show. If I’m the poster girl for the runaway mouth, he gets the prize for monosyllabic replies.  I think that makes me feel better.

The Author's Forum crew

Until I view the show, I take comfort from knowing that Veronica was the impeccable host, poised, gracious, and organized.  I just hope I didn’t let her down.  Thank you, Veronica.  Thank you, Karen. Thank you, Lisa.

Published in: on January 23, 2011 at 11:02 pm  Comments (4)  
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