Well, the launch is behind me and the book tour begins in earnest today. It seems like yesterday I was out introducing the world to The Bookman’s Tale, but that was a year and a half ago and I learned a lot from the experience. One thing I learned is that I can’t reach every reader who wants to make a connection with the author. In the next twenty-eight days I have seventeen events. I will get to connect with a lot of readers. But not everybody. So, here are some promises.
If you send me an e-mail using the “Contact” link on my website, I will respond to you. If you ask me a question on Twitter using my handle @CharlieLovett42, I will reply. And if you really want to get a book signed, I will help you with that, too. I discovered last time, that I simply do not have the time or the organizational and packing skills to allow readers to send me books for a signature. So, I enlisted my publisher for some help. The good folks at Penguin were kind enough to send me a stack of bookplates (two stacks really—one with the Viking Logo and one with the Penguin Logo). If you want the author’s autograph or inscription in your book all you have to do is this:
Send me an e-mail using the “Contact” link on the website. I will send you an address and you send a self-addressed stamped envelope to that address. Include a note telling me what you would like your inscription to say—just my autograph, the date, your name, whatever. Let me know if you have a hardcover Viking published copy of The Bookman’s Tale or First Impressions or a paperback Penguin published copy of The Bookman’s Tale so I can use the appropriate bookplate. Do all that and I’ll happily send you a signed bookplate for your copy. That’s all you have to do; but there is one more thing I would love for you to do.
Since all this just costs you the price of a couple of stamps, I would love it if you would make a small (or even a large) donation to a literacy program in your area. If you have gone to the trouble to read an author’s blog and ask for his autograph, you obviously appreciate the way that our lives and our world can be enriched by books and reading. But without readers, there will be no books. That’s just one of many reasons that literacy is so important and why I ask you to support local or national groups that promote literacy at all levels.
So—I hope to see you while I’m on the road; I hope to hear from you in my e-mail or through social media; I’m happy to sign a book or bookplate for you; and I hope that together we can ensure that the joy of reading will continue through the coming generations.