Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Lifeblood of an Author

I still remember my very first booksigning. It was at the old Border's store at Castleton Square Mall for my biography of Indiana historian Jacob P. Dunn Jr. I knew I wouldn't have crowds lined up around the block for the opportunity to buy my book, but I did expect to see 10 to 20 copies. In the two hours and more I was at the store, I gave directions to the restroom, but did not sell a single book.

I have learned over the years that the best way to sell copies, and let people know about your writing, is by speaking to various service and social clubs. I have two such appearances coming up soon. On Thursday, September 2, I will be speaking on the life of World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle before the Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at its headquarters at 4635 North Illinois Street in Indianapolis. On Tuesday, September 7, I will be talking about my book Fighter Pilot: The World War II Career of Alex Vraciu to a Kiwanis Club that meets at Binkley's Kitchen and Bar, 5902 North College Avenue, Indianapolis.