OCLC WorldCat – find copies in a library near you!
Bruce County Library System Kincardine Branch, Ontario
Haliburton County Public Library (including Minden Hills Branch)
(If you know of any other libraries that lend copies of Island in the Clouds, please let me know and I will add to this list.)
You may or may not remember that back in March of this year I set out to read all the books written by Gail Bowen and talked about it in the blog post, Reading an author’s complete oeuvre – a suggestion.
That proved to be a very enjoyable task I set for myself, and I’m happy to say that I completed reading all of Gail’s Joanne Kilbourn novels and the four Rapid Reads titles on July 15th. It was great not only to revisit my friend’s writing but to see the development in the characters throughout her series – to really get to know those characters – and also to marvel at the craftsmanship that went into the writing of each of these books. Now I am truly ready for the publication of Bowen’s newest book, The Gifted, which is being released next month.
So, when casting around for another favourite author’s complete oeuvre to read, I decided that there was none better than Richard Ford, My Favourite Living Author.
Favourite Living Author is not an honour I bestow lightly, either! The first to hold that position was Graham Greene. Then he died. Second to be appointed was Brian Moore. But then he died, too. So Ford is only the third author to hold this position in my heart, and I do hope he continues to hold it for a very long time. He can only lose it by dying … or by writing something really awful, but I doubt he is capable of doing that.
So I begin at the beginning with Richard Ford’s first novel, A Piece of My Heart, published in 1976. It’s been a long time since I read this and Ford’s other earlier works. Already I can tell that reading these books will be an antidote for any of the bad writing I’ve had the displeasure to read over this past while. You know, the books you pick up in great anticipation only to put down again after having spent far too much valuable time on them, hoping they won’t be the disappointment you suspect they actually will be. Ford’s writing is perfect in every way!
I see that all copies of his books I have on my shelf are signed (except Women Without Men) and I do have the lot of them! And Independence Day is signed: For Susan, with my gratitude, and with the pleasure of meeting you. *Sigh* Major Author Crush here, folks!
I met Richard Ford for the third time in Calgary last Fall when he was at the Calgary Public Library for an on-stage interview with Aritha van Herk to promote his most recent novel, Canada.
In the meantime, while I’m enjoying visiting with Richard Ford once again, here’s an article for you to read about Richard Ford that ran in today’s Boston Globe.
Dennis has always said that if you want to build a house and live on Bequia – successfully – what you really require are infinite patience and a good sense of humour. And we’ve discovered over these past 20 years that he’s correct.
Since ePublishing and printing my own novel, and after many years spent working with authors and publishers on promoting and selling their books, I’ve come to the realization that these are precisely the same qualities we all need in order to be able to write and publish – successfully. Especially lots of that first bit, I find, goes a long way towards achieving some of the ultra-success part in our careers.
I can’t count the number of writers who have deep-sixed all their writing and publishing efforts by being too impatient with the entire process. The world does not care that you have a personal deadline to meet, that you feel an urgency to see your own work published, or that you feel nothing about publishing will be a success for you (especially regarding book sales) if you don’t see immediate-immediate results.
Remember, folks, this publishing business has always been/likely always will be galacial in the speed that it moves. Just because we now have Internet and expect instant positive results for everything else we do in our lives does not mean to say there will be instant results with every contact we make, every marketing approach we utilize, every method of sales we seek for our book (both e-and-print) – and we should never expect those results, especially those we hope for from posting to various social media, to garner huge sales and untold wealth – even during the first 12 months after publication. Slow and steady wins the race, as far as I’m concerned.
My novel has been available as an eBook for a year (six months for print) and I feel I’m just getting into my stride now with promotion, marketing, and sales – AND I’VE BEEN IN THIS BOOK BUSINESS MY ENTIRE LIFE!!! It was never my intention to try to take the world by storm with this book. I had it in mind that by self-publishing I would have the opportunity to test some of the ideas I had developed as to where this book business is heading and how I might harness that new movement, not only to promote my own book but to encourage reading books in general, thereby promoting books by other authors – my colleagues – at the same time. I’m in the process right now of looking back over what I have accomplished this past year, which ideas worked and which didn’t, all to see if I can develop an even better strategy for promoting the next novel I’m currently writing – and which methods will help me continue selling the one novel that’s already available.
I plan to eventually rewrite and re-post a talk I delivered at Calgary Public Library’ Writer’s Weekend in 2012 – 10 Ways to Kill Your Writing – because I realize I didn’t include this most important rule of all: Kill your writing by being too impatient! As I’ve said above, I’ve seen this happen too-too many times. Please don’t let it happen to you!
So, take your time, listen to, and heed, advice from the experts, relax, enjoy the process of publishing and promoting your book, don’t be in such a rush to take the world by storm … And don’t expect you’re going to make a million dollars immediately – or ever, as a matter of fact – because if you did get into this writing/publishing gig thinking you were going to make a lot – or any! – money then I have a nice bridge I’d like to sell to you.
Register here to attend the NaNoWriMo event organized by Calgary Public Library. I will be speaking about eBooks and Print Publishing, and offering a consideration of both for your own book. My talk is followed later in the afternoon by a workshop on creating character, led by Calgary authors Susan Calder and Garry Ryan. This event is free, but you must register in advance and have a valid CPL card to do so.
Please join me, and some very special guests – including Tom Phillips!, at Memorial Park Library in Calgary, June 21st – also my birthday! – to help launch the print publication of my novel Island in the Clouds! We’ll be serving birthday cake and wine, tea and coffee, and books will be available to purchase, thanks to Pages Books on Kensington.
Place: Memorial Park Library, 1221 2nd. St. S.W., Calgary
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
No registration required