Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Book Tour Recap by Shelley Bates

Well, the Faith Building Fiction tour is over (except for a few radio interviews this week) and I'm relaxing in the cottage country in Ontario, Canada. A big departure from the sugar-white beaches of Florida ... or the rougher, wind-swept beaches near home in northern California.

Not that the tour was all about the beaches or anything :)

It was all about meeting readers and booksellers. On Monday, in Mobile, AL, we (meaning me and authors Tracey Bateman, Deborah Bedford, and Lyn Cote) jumped right in with a TV appearance. We were interviewed on WKRG Channel 5 by a very nice and interested news anchor who made us all comfortable and asked good questions. Not like the guy on Channel 3 in Pensacola a few days later, who wanted to know how much steam there was in our books. Uh, dude, this is Christian fiction, okay? What you want is a couple of shelves over.

The next day we did a radio interview on WBCX-Praise 95.7 FM for an entire hour. I was wondering what on earth we'd talk about, but the DJ was used to having guests on the show and had been well briefed beforehand. I got to talk about my platform, toxic churches, so I was the "controversial" element of the program :) And lo and behold, people came out to the booksigning that night in response to the show. Not because of toxic churches, mind you, but because they'd heard us and were interested in what we write.

And that's what a book tour is really all about. It isn't about the booksignings every night, or about being on radio and TV (though that was neat). It's about making connections with people and building relationships. That's the point of this blog, and of our websites, isn't it? As E.M. Forster said in Howard's End, "Only connect."

Though the seafood and the beaches didn't hurt, either :)

Shelley B.


Diane Perkins said...

It sounds like a great experience, Shelley. I'm impressed with the media attention you received! I'll bet you made lovely connections with readers.

Shari Anton said...

It's amazing how the host of whatever show you're on can make ALL the difference! Glad your experience was positive (we're ignoring the Pensacola dude.:))

Desperate Writer said...

Glad it all went well! Speaking of reporters asking dufus questions during an interview, Jennifer Aniston was telling Letterman last night that while she was promoting THE BREAK UP, one reporter asked her what the worst break up of her own life was. Well, DUH!

She said,to Dave, "well, sometimes, you just gotta laugh."

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