I got home from our Sidewalk Sale / Book Signing a short time ago. I got a bit of sun today. We had a great time visiting with all of our friends who stopped by to say hello. Thank you everyone who took the time to stop by and say hello. Here are a few photos from our day.
Saturday, September 16th Robert Weisskopf and Larry Casey will be sharing a table at Local Goods Chicago’s Annual Sidewalk Sale and Book Signing.
We’ll have plenty of copies of all our titles on hand and would love to personalize your purchase.
The sale is at 5422 W. Devon (Between Central and Kinzua) from 11AM till 4PM.
We accept most credit/debit cards and of course cash.
Back in March 2017, I began work on the fifth book in the Journey of the Freighter Lola series. Today I finished the rough draft. This one took longer than the four that preceded it and for good reason. I did a lot of research into the technology in the book.
While I prefer my work to be more about the characters than the tech I do have to include some tech to make it science fiction. I want my tech to be based on facts. For instance, there really are Carbonado diamonds. They really are created when two astral bodies collide. They’re known as the hardest of all types of diamonds. Green diamonds occur when diamonds are exposed to intense radiation. Yes, I do use some literary license with the facts, but I try to keep near the truth. I want my tech to be believable, not magic.
I had reached points in the story where I didn’t know how to move on. I had to wait for my characters to tell me where the story was going. I think most fiction authors will have had similar issues. I often go to bed thinking about my storyline working out ideas and hoping for my dreams to help me. It may not have helped my story but it has helped me sleep.
Now I proofread, edit, edit, edit, proofread, allow my editor a shot or two at it and edit it again. In the past, I probably went through the book at least nine times before I felt it was ready to go to the publisher. Oh, let’s not forget I need a cover and even more importantly I need a title. Right now, I am using the working title Lola 5.
I still have a lot of work ahead of me but the worrisome part of not knowing if I have a book in me is past. I hope to have this book ready for Christmas release.
One of the great things about visiting a book store is being able to pick up a book and read the first chapter. It’s a great way to see if you’ll like the book. With many paperbacks selling for $20 (not mine) or more it can get expensive to read and frustrating when you pick up a book that just doesn’t do it for you.
To help you out with your decision I’ve posted samples from the beginning of each of my books. Take a few minutes and read some of each of my titles including my cookbook. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Without a traditional publisher and perhaps even with, an author has to do a lot of the marketing by himself. From posting on social media, to podcast interviews, to hanging posters on local bulletin boards, to leaving postcard fliers at every coffee shop in a fifty mile radius, an author’s work is never done.
Today I received my new ink stamp with my QR code and 1000 new post card sized fliers. I got this all from Vista Print online and I’m quite satisfied. I plan on stamping the inside cover of all my books with my new stamp.
My last printer would have cost me twice as much for the cards. This is heavier card stock too.
My new cards have that little square boxy code in the lower right hand corner. Known as QR codes, you see them everywhere now. Walk through the store and most products have them.
QR codes are great. Go to any QR code creator. I use QRCode Monkey. It’s free. type in the URL for your blog or what ever page you want and it creates your custom QR Code. download it and then paste it where ever you need.
To read it you need a QR Code reader on your phone. They’re free. Simply go to the App Store on your phone and search for QR Code readers. I have several on my phone. They all work about the same. You then open up the reader on your phone and point it at the code. They’re quick and it takes you right to the website. You don’t need great aim. I had a hard time getting a screen shot because they read the code so fast.
You can see with this photo the code was just barely in the scan square. It still read the code and took me to my blog.
Next time you stop for coffee look for my new flier and scan the code. Have fun.
This is more true than you might believe. Amazon begins to suggest a book to customers only after it reaches 20 reviews. They take it to an even higher level once you reach 50 reviews. It’s easy to do. Simply go to the books site on Amazon. Select the book you want then scroll down to the review section and select the Write a Customer Review tab. Of course I love five star reviews. You can write a full critique or say I liked the book. That’s up to you and both are helpful.