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Today Totally Makes Up for Yesterday

In author events, School Visits on April 29, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Every now and then you need to have a good today that can make up for a bad yesterday.

Yesterday was a baaaaad day. The worst part of it by far was that as I was driving down one of our busy main streets, my brakes gave out on me! Totally and completely, sending me skidding as if there was a sheet of ice under my tires. I’ll tell you it was the strangest experience: no snow, no ice, yet sliding right through a main intersection on a yellow-now-turned-red light. I’m just so thankful there was no one crossing out in front of me to sneak in a last minute left turn before the light turned red. I’m okay, but my car? Waah! 😦 Although in a case like this, better the car than me.

All that to say: Today totally makes up for yesterday.

I was invited to speak this morning at a neighbourhood public school. The gym was full of close to 200 eager grade 4-8 students. Being a teacher it’s in my nature to be very interactive, which is fine in a contained classroom of 20 or so students. And, being a teacher, I also know how easily kids can get distracted and become very silly, especially if you’re ASKING them to talk and interact. So I got a tad nervous when I saw the size of the crowd; all sitting on the floor, no less. But they were a fantastic bunch! Very responsive, very engaged. The librarian later told me that usually they see a slow and steady trickle of kids “having to go to the washroom” during such events, but no one left their spot the entire time! And, me being me, I went overtime to boot! So, like I said, they were a fantastic crowd of kids!

After the main presentation I visited the individual classrooms, as I sent them away with a character sketch assignment and I had a random draw prize for each class as well. I lol-ed as I was bombarded in each classroom by scraps of paper, arms, ball caps and school agendas to sign. Luckily I brought pre-signed bookmarks and was able to placate them with those. A surprising number of them had their own copies of Smudge for me to sign and the questions they asked during our small group time were very well thought out (especially, I could tell, the questions about how much money I’ve made so far! LOL! :P)

Today was the most energizing day I’ve had in a long time. And yeah, it totally does make up for yesterday.

Are you sad?

In author events, I want to make you happy again, publicists, Smudge's launch event on August 19, 2009 at 9:15 am

I read somewhere that there’s nothing sadder than an author’s old blog. So, to avoid breaking the hearts of and causing misery to my readers (???) I’ve decided to post something today.

Right.

So anyway, the journey of this new author continues…

My publisher has kindly afforded me a publicist who will be working with me here, in Toronto. The funny thing (or not so funny, depending on how you look at it) is that she has the exact same name as my son’s grade 4 teacher. And it’s not a terribly common name, either. I had my fingers crossed that she wasn’t the same person, ’cause, well, she might not have wanted to represent me if she happened to be the same person who sat across from me and had very little good to say all those years ago. What is it with teachers who can’t find anything positive to say about their students? Well, that’s a whole other topic – which will never be discussed here. I’m still a tad bitter, as you might be able to tell. That’s why I was hoping for the name thing to just be a coincidence.

Well, luckily for me, the moment I spoke with her on the phone I realized that they’re NOT the same person. (the lovely South African accent gave it away) Did I ever sigh a huge sigh of relief. And she told me she loves Smudge! (My son’s grade 4 teacher would never have said that. She didn’t like anything.) Anyway, I’m really excited to be working with her and am looking forward to what lies ahead. She exudes such optimism and energy – even over the phone – that I’m so confident she’s going to do a fabulous job and get Smudge’s name in front of people.

I’ve also ‘virtually’ met my U.S. publicist. She’ll be working with me for Smudge’s 2010 U.S. launch. She also seems like a truly fantastic person to have on my side and I’m excited to see how the U.S. market will welcome Smudge.

In the meantime, I’ve been preparing for Smudge’s official launch that will take place on September 17 @ 7 pm at the McNally Robinson Bookstore in the Shops at Don Mills. I’ve also attended a massive family reunion this month, been organizing several author events at Chapters stores across the GTA that will happen after the Sept. 17th launch, and I’ve also been furiously putting the pieces of my second book together in hopes of having it polished and sparkly by Nov. 1st.

Who says teachers get their summers off?

So there you have it. I hope I’ve made my readers happy again. 🙂