That’s Me—Writer Groupie!

My name is Laura Best and I am a writer groupie.

I never knew this before, but apparently there IS a word for what’s ailing me( if you call it ailing) —- “writer groupie.” And doesn’t that sound totally lame? I mean anything with the word groupie attached to it. Makes you sound so…so… I don’t know…desperate.

I discovered this tidbit over at Fitch Happens. Sheree wrote that even though she’s a writer, she’s a reader first. She spoke about how precious her signed copies of books are. She openly admitted to sniffing the ink on the page. She was not ashamed.

Let me be straight about this: I have NEVER sniffed ink.(Not that I believe that ink sniffing is wrong , mind you, or even beneath me. If you’re an ink-sniffer that’s perfectly fine by me.) I’m not even sure that ink gives off an odor, not from your regular run-of-the-mill ballpoint at any rate, but who am I to argue?

The truth is, the thought never crossed my mind….. I’m just not a sniffer by nature unless it’s something that is sniffable– flowers, skin products, perfume, spices—you get my drift. My daughter is a sniffer. Whenever she opens a gift she smells it regardless of what it is. Got it from her grandmother on her father’s side. It’s a family joke or, quite possibly, a tradition. We sit around and watch each Christmas, and yes, she does it every time. Does this mean we’re strange?

Nope. I’m definitely not an ink sniffer….Yet now the thought is there, isn’t it? I do have signed books, you know.

I could deny the word— writer groupie, and yet I think the signs are there…..I show up at book signing, have my picture snapped with various authors all in hopes of creating this scrapbook for Miss Charlotte. I love meeting other authors and chatting with them. I flock to where authors are hanging out. AND I have photos to go along with my signed books from: Syr Ruus, Jan Coates, JoAnn Yhard, Helene Boudreau, Margaret Atwood, Budge Wilson, Steve Vernon, Jill MacLean, Sheree Fitch, Star Dobson, … I’m sure there are more that I’m forgetting at the moment of writing this, and there will be more in the future.

I remember when I was off signing copies of my novel. A few people came prepared to get photos so I guess I’m not the only one. It was actually kind of cool to think that someone wanted their photo snapped with me. I mean me, really. I wonder at this moment how Margaret Atwood feels, she’s probably in more scrapbooks and photo albums than any other Canadian writer.

Still, there are worse things in life I suspect. I won’t bother naming them at the moment.. I’ll just curl up on the sofa with my photos and books and resists the urge to sniff ink.

Be honest, are you a writer groupie? Do you have signed copies of books from authors that you would never part with? Have you ever sniffed the ink on a page?

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Book Give Away

Just a quick post to mention that there are links on Helene Boudreau’s blog today giving us all a chance to win her brand new YA novel, Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toes Rings.

Remember back in July when I blogged about meeting Helene at her book signing for Keep Out! in my post: Three is the Lucky Number? Well, Helene has another book out that seems to be making quite a splash and so far as I’m concerned it couldn’t happen to a nicer person!

I know you’re thinking, but I never win anything, right? I thought the same thing until I won two books by entering a contest earlier this year.

So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to Helene’s blog and start clicking those links—Here’s your chance.

Three is the Lucky Number

Had a great time in Bedford today at Helene Boudreau’s booksigning for her early chapter book , “Keep Out!

Helene is a super supportive author, one of those people who just can’t seem to do enough for those of us who are new to the whole publishing business. I was finally able to thank Helene, in person, for all of her help and advise. She’s just as nice in person as she is on facebook!

Author JoAnn Yhard also showed up while I was there. Here we are, three Nimbus authors, all at the same book store holding up our books for the camera! Some days you wish would never end! Thanks Helene and JoAnn. What a great time!

Keep Out!—-New Book by Hélène Boudreau

Apparently the newest way for an author to promote his/her book is through a book trailer. I’ll admit I’ve heard of them but never actually watched one until this evening.

For anyone interested in seeing a book trailer, slip on over to Hélène Boudreau’s blog to get a look at the trailer she put together for Keep Out! her illustrated early chapter book ( ages 6-9)  due to be released this April from Nimbus Publishing. It is the first book in the Red Dune Adventure series.

While you’re there you’ll get to know a bit more about Hélène and her work.

Hélène’s middle reader, Acadian Star, 2008 (Nimbus Publishing) has been nominated for the 2010 Hackmatack Award. She is also the author of several non –fiction books and has a tween novel titled, “Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings” due to be released in the fall. But you’ll see all that when you visit her site.

Congrats, Hélène, to all your success. You’ve earned it!

So what’s it really about?

Before the publication of “Bitter, Sweet” my oldest daughter and I had a conversation about the book and I remember saying that I didn’t want this whole experience to be just about sales. I know what you’re probably thinking, sales are important. Absolutely. Writers need to make a living too, so in one sense sales do matter. Not to mention that the publishing company needs to make money in order to stay in business.

But is that all that really matters? I sure hope not. I hope that somewhere, somehow this little story I wrote a few years back will mean much, much more to me than a few royalty cheques in the mail.

My daughter reminded me of our conversation recently when I mentioned that “Bitter, Sweet” was temporarily of stock on Amazon. (I concluded that perhaps they only had about four copies of the book in stock to begin with. I mean who really knows what that means?) Okay….so I’ve been spying on my book. I’ll admit that.

So is it all about sale, the very thing I didn’t want this to become? I’ve been thinking a lot about this and I can say in all honesty that no, it isn’t. For me this book is about so much more. It is about a whole community working together the day of the book launch to make it the most memorable event possible and, the little notes I received the day of the launch, the flowers, the well wishes and emails not only from my family and friends, but from perfect strangers who know nothing more about me other than the fact that I’ve written a book. This book is about the other authors on facebook— Helene Boudreau, Steve Vernon, Shari Green—- who have been helping to promote my book by writing reviews, giving out links to my book on Amazon for everyone on their friends list to see. It is about a blogger friend, Carol Garvin setting up an interview to help promote it as well– a dear lady who took the time to think up questions for the interview and using her valuable time just to help out another writer. It is the looks of excitement on people’s faces when they let me know they’ve been checking out the bookstores and it’s about the people who have never before entered a bookstore, let alone purchased a book, wanting copies of my book. It’s about the people who have taken the time to actually read the book and to tell me how much they enjoyed it. How cool is all that? It is about people in the blogging community cheering me on, dropping in to read my post and taking the time to leave comment. So far, this little book has brought out the best in a whole lot of people.

So, it is about more than sales. I’d say this little book  is doing pretty darn good for itself.

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