My newest column for “Countdown to Publication” is all about me getting ready for my book tour. It’s a lot of work both in terms of millions of errands that must be run, the perfect suitcase that must be packed, but also getting my act together emotionally. Here’s en excerpt:
The Silver Sparrow Tour will hit more than thirty cities this summer. Of course I am thrilled to meet so many readers, but thirty is a lot of cities and eight weeks is a long time to be on the road. To prepare, I am basically in training. For the next two months, I will be acting as an ambassador for my novel and I must do a good job, or else what’s the point. Here’s what I’m doing to get ready.
1. Cutting negative people out of my life: Book tour is a vulnerable time, an emotional rollercoaster. Now is the time to be surrounded only by real friends. On the subject of a competitive, jealous, ex-boyfriend,I offer a warning from my publicity guru, Lauren: “ A guy like that will eat your career.” Then she mimed Cookie Monster and I imagined him devouring everything I had worked for. Anybody that’s not making my garden grow has to be put on hold, at least until September. I am usually a pretty patient person, but for book tour, I have to protect myself.