I also released my latest newsletter on that day. That’s where I let readers know about my book news and what I’m doing as an author, give a short Alaska history portrait, tell what the weather is like (because every time I call an 800 number or go outside Alaska someone asks, “What’s the weather up there?”), and draw a little prize for a subscriber. (If you’d like to subscribe, you can go to
This month, I also included a quiz I developed on Qzzr called “Which Alaska Gold Rush town is for you?” Okay, I admit I do mention my books in it, but, hopefully, the quiz is a fun way for readers to learn a bit about the Alaska Gold Rush and decide which town they’d like to visit. (You can play it by clicking here:
I also had a couple face-to-face commitments. Yesterday, I visited a local high school’s DDF (drama debate and forensics) team to ask what teens want to see when authors visit. They gave me a great list of topics. I shared it with my local SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) published authors group.
Then last night, I was the guest speaker at the local Alaska Writers Guild meeting, to share the story of how I got my publisher and demonstrate how to use QueryTracker (querytracker.net) for my fellow writers.
I don’t always have so many events packed into one week, but it shows a good cross-section of the possibilities. Authors have lots of choices, in person and online, to interact with the rest of the world. I am online in some fashion every day. I spend sometime each year appearing in public, partly for a little publicity, but also to give back to the community, in one form or another. I also put together fun things for my readers when I can.
Some writers are too shy to do some of this, but I find, maybe because of my teaching experience, that I don’t mind speaking in front of groups or posting on a group blog. It’s kind of fun, really. Communicating with other readers and writers is basically chatting with like-minded individuals. I’m glad to participate.