I have a wonderful update for all of you out there. My book has finally jumped through all of the hoops and is available both in stores and online! It has definitely been a labour of love, with the added bonus of my learning just how much is entailed in getting a book to final print.
It consists of 308 pages and has received really good feedback from the various editors through whose hands it has passed. Although it is a memoir and has serious aspects in its content, there are also some very amusing anecdotes as well – especially where my children are concerned. You see, there was the baby piglet who lived under a heat lamp in our bathroom (doesn’t everyone have a pig in the bathroom)? Then there was Gloria, our Toggenberg goat who was supposed to be black. She really did not seem to mind when my 7 year old (Toby) painted her yellow. I think perhaps you get the picture!
Also, Seasons of the Soul was advertised in the New York Times in January, as well as in 500 other publications across North America.
So Far This Year
So far this year, things have been really busy regarding getting my book “out there”. I must thank all of the people who have read the book and given me such positive feedback, it makes it all worthwhile. Due to the enthusiasm of my friends, family and readers I feel somewhat validated in thinking of myself as a writer. This book started out as musings for my grandchildren and somehow took on a life of its own, and lo and behold it is now a published work.
The Calgary launching took place on March 9th. at Chapters book store and just about sold out (only four books remaining at the end of the day). Consequently I have been asked to go back and do a second signing when they receive more books. I must admit it was really a lot of fun talking to all the wonderful customers I met there.
Over Easter I visited with my eldest son in London Ontario, so took the chance to spend a couple of days in my hometown of St. Marys. It was such a joyous experience. After living in a city of 1,000,000 for seven years going back home to my small town of 5,000 people was incredible. I decided to stop in Tim Horton’s (yes they do have one) for ten minutes and grab a drink and a doughnut – two hours later I was STILL talking with all of the folks I knew.
On April 6th. I did a book signing at Stewarts Books is St. Marys, and this turned out to be like old home week. I am so grateful to the store owner for making sure that there were all kinds of chairs around the table where I was sitting, because I had friends coming in and visiting (and buying my book) all day. The chairs were rarely empty. In the end the book sales were on a par with Chapters!
So far so good – now to keep up the momentum!! For anyone wanting to know how to get a copy of ‘Seasons of the Soul’, it is on Amazon.com and also on Barnes and Noble in the States. It can also be downloaded as an e-book.