It's a busy month coming up for Novelist's Boot Camp. September 5th we present at the Palos Park Library (on Chicago's SW side) as our Boot Camp will inaugurate their Open Mic Program. On the 8th we're off to St. Louis for WritersFest and an all day Boot Camp alongside Nancy Pickard. Sponsored by the St. Louis Chapter of the Sisters in Crime, this promises to be a fun event. Then on the 29th we'll be at the Great Lakes Booksellers Association Convention in Schaumburg, Illlinois at the Sisters in Crime table.
I enjoy presenting these mini (and full) boot camps--not because I enjoy highlighting my book, but because of the teacher in me. It's always rewarding to see the book's impact: "the lights come on" and an aspiring or even a multi-published author "gets it" and breaks through.
Don't get me wrong, strong sales are great. But as we offer in Novelist's Boot Camp, they are just one measure of success. More lasting, I think, is that sense of personal success. We're fortunate in that we find this personal success in our boot camp presentations.
Now if we can just combine boot camps with motorcycling--we'll have it made!